Football Language: Queueing Up
Many football phrases are taken from other sports. From boxing we have go toe to toe, from horse racing we have dark horse and so on. This post’s football phrase is taken from daily life. Often in life we have to make a line and wait, perhaps in the supermarket or at the bank. The verb for this is to queue, meaning to wait in line. If we add a preposition, up, to queue up, we add the meaning that people are waiting for something good. They are queueing up to do something good.
In football, we use this phrase, usually in the progressive form, queueing up to score, to describe a situation when more than one player is free to score an easy goal. They are waiting for a cross and any of them could score. It means the opposition team have been completely carved open and the attacking side can score easily.
Example: ‘They’re queuing up to score for Liverpool, and it looks like it’s Salah who just beats Firmino to tap home Moreno’s low cross.’ (Telegraph minute-by-minute report, 17th October 2017).