This is part of the goal – it refers to the goal frame (post and crossbar). To hit the woodwork is to hit the post – to almost score. We can also hear the phrases, ‘off the post‘ or ‘off the bar‘ which means that the ball has hit the post or bar and come out – no goal was scored. Sometimes we might hear that a striker has been denied by the woodwork – they have hit the post or bar and failed to score. Other times a goal can be scored after hitting the woodwork – the ball hits the post or bar and then goes in – some people really like these types of goals as they look a little more spectacular.

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  • Example: Luca Toni’s penalty came back off the woodwork and Italy failed to score.
  • Example: According to the Mail Online: ‘Johnson says woodwork cost Liverpool a Champions League place’. The Liverpool defender argues that his team were unlucky as they hit the woodwork more times than any other team in the Premier League.
  • Example: Leeds hit woodwork three times but cannot find way past 10-man Arsenal
    (Teamtalk.com, 22 November 2020).

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Football GlossaryEpisode 209