Football Language: Hit the ground running

In this post, we explain the football expression ‘to hit the ground running‘. This is a phrase commonly used at the start of the football season. If you have questions or comments, email us at: the ground running

  • 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.

Hit the ground running

This phrase is all about new season and new starts. If you say you want your team to hit the ground running, you mean that you want them to make a good start and win several of their first matches they play. The running in the phrase means ‘fast’, and hit the ground means ‘start’, so start fast, don’t waste time. Most fans will hope that their team hits the ground running when the new season starts.

Example: ‘As Anfield prepares to welcome the Hammers on August 11, Klopp can be confident his side will hit the ground running in 2018/19.’ (This is Anfield 1 August 20182018)

Example: ‘Arsenal will go into a Premier League season without Arsene Wenger for the first time in 22 years with new boss Unai Emery eager to hit the ground running in his new job.’ (The Independent, 14 June 2018)


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