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Football Language: Cup Run

cup run It’s the 3rd round of the FA Cup so today we introduce the football phrase ‘Cup run‘.

  • Find out more about this phrase by reading the transcript below.
  • You can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here.

Cup run

Many cup competitions use the knock-out format which means that if a team beats another side they pass to the next round while the loser is knocked out and does not play again. If a team wins a couple of matches in this kind of competition (the FA Cup in England, for example) we say they are ‘on a cup run‘ – they have managed to win a couple of games. Fans at the start of the season hope for a good cup run – they want to see their team make progress in the competition. A cup run

  • Example: Hull City enjoyed a great FA Cup run in 2014 when they managed to reach the final for the first time in the club’s history.
  • Example: Spurs have not had a good cup run since 2010 when they reached the FA Cup semi-final.
  • Example: Lower-league clubs hope for a good cup run as it can bring them increased revenue (and glory!)

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