Today’s football phrase is ‘Blaze over the bar’. Find out more about this phrase by reading the transcript below, while you can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here.
Blaze (the ball) over the bar
When a player misses a chance to score by shooting high over the goal or net we sometimes say that he or she has blazed over the bar. This phrase suggests that there was little or no control to the shot and that the ball was probably still rising when it went over the bar. The player blazed over from close range suggests that the player should have scored but instead hit the shot too high and probably too hard. You will sometimes hear the shortened form ‘blazed over‘ as it is understood that the ball went over the bar. Blaze over the bar.
- Example: The forward blazed over when put clean through.
- Example: The player blazed the ball over the bar when it seemed easier to score.