Football Language: Match winner

In this post, we explain the football expression ‘match winner’

In this post, we explain the football expression ‘match winner’ and you can 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. If you have questions or comments, please email us at:

Football Language: Match winner

The phrase ‘match winner‘, sometimes spelled with a hyphen (match-winner), is used to describe a goal that wins a game: the match winner arrived in the second half means that the winning goal came in the second half. We can also use this phrase to describe the player who scores the winning goal – their goal has won the match. So, for example, Kane proved to be the match winner with his second half goal; Kane’s goal won all three points.

Check out our glossary of footballing phrases here. If you have any suggestions, contact us at

Welcome to the website that helps students interested in football improve their English language skills. Soccer fans can enhance these skills with lots of free language resources: a weekly podcast, football phrases, explanations of football vocabulary, football cliches, worksheets, quizzes and much more at

Google | Facebook | Twitter | Mail | Website

Join the discussion

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.