Football Language: End product
The football phrase ‘end product‘ is another way to describe when a team ‘scores a goal’. The main aim of football is to beat your opponent by scoring more goals than they do. Passing and moving around the pitch are all done by a team in order to try and score a goal and this goal is often called the end result, or end product. So the end product in football is to score a goal.
However, this phrase is often used in the negative – no end product – which describes a team failing to score – there is no end product. We can also say that a player may lack an end product which means they do not score as many goals as they should. Another way to say this is the team or the player lack a cutting edge they fail to score enough goals.
- Example: But for all this good work there is a tendency to be obviously busy but lack an end product. He’s scored no goals in 26 games for England. (adapted from The Guardian)
- Example: A series of sublime Barca attacks produced no end product, while Milan had, but wasted, by far the better openings in the match. (from The Independent)
- Example: It’s becoming increasingly frustrating for Albion fans who have witnessed some decent football but are missing that crucial end product (BrightonandhoveIndependent, 22 December 2020).