In this football language audio post, we explain the noun ‘spell‘ and how it is used in football. If you have suggestions, questions or comments, email us at: Find out more about this phrase by reading the transcript below and you can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our massive football glossary here.


A spell, is a period of time or a piece of magic. It is the former meaning that is most common in football, and the word is usually combined with the words ‘good’ or ‘bad’.

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Football GlossaryEpisode 808