This post explains lionessesthe football phrase ‘Lionesses’ – a nickname for the England ladies football team.

  • 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.


Many national football sides have a nickname – the Azzurri is the Italian team’s nickname, the Japan’s women’s team is known as Nadeshiko, the English men’s national team are known as the Three Lions, while the English women’s team are known as the Lionesses – the female form of the animal lion.

Example: The Lionesses were beaten by the hosts Holland in the semi-final of the Women’s European Championship.

Example: ‘England fans keep the faith despite defeat for Lionesses in Euro 2017′ (, August 3rd 2017).


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Football GlossaryEpisode 727