Football Language: Clean through

Clean through

This post explains the football phrase ‘to be clean through‘. If you have questions or comments, please email us at:

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Football Language: Clean through

Clean through: When a player has broken free from his/her marker and attacks the goal with only the keeper to beat we can say that the forward is clean through. Sometimes we add the phrase ‘on goal’ – clean through on goal – which has the same meaning but suggests that the attacking player is directly in front of the goal. Another similar phrase is ‘to bear down on goal‘ which again suggests that the player is moving in on goal in a threatening manner.

Example: The forward broke the offside trap and was through on goal with only the keeper to beat but dinked the ball wide.

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