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Football Language: Preseason

In this football language post we explain the football expression ‘preseason’ which is usually heard before the season starts.Don’t forget we have hundreds more explanations of football language in our football glossary and we also have a page full of football cliches. If you have questions or comments about this or any other phrase then email us at:

Football Expression: Preseason

This is the period or time before the season starts (pre- is a prefix that means before something). Teams need to prepare before the season starts so they use pre-season to help their players recover, get fit and work on new tactics and ideas for the new season. They also play friendly games (sometimes known as warm-up games) and these are termed pre-season games which are sometimes played in pre-season tournaments. Before a season starts many pundits and fans like to predict which teams will win the league or be relegated and so we can often hear the phrase ‘pre-season favourites’ to win the title or pre-season favourites to go down which means that even before the league has kicked off many people think this team will be relegated to a lower division.

  • Example: Tottenham have smashed their transfer record to sign French midfielder Tanguy Ndombele who, going on his pre-season cameos, looks like a strong addition (Sporting Life, August 9 2019).
  • Royle’s reign ends after Ipswich’s failure to justify pre-season hype (Guardian, May 12, 2006)

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