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Football Language: Snapshot

snapshotWhat is the meaning of the phrase ‘snapshot’ in football and when do we use it?

  • Find out more about this phrase by reading the transcript below.
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There are different ways of shooting in football, for example, a volley is where the ball does not leave the ground, a thunderbolt is a very powerful shot and a tap-in is a shot from close range that usually results in a goal. The expression ‘snapshot‘ is used to describe a type of shot that is taken quickly by the player, that is, he or she does not trap or control the ball but hits it first time. These types of shots are often difficult to save as the keeper may not be ready to save them, while the shot also has little back lift which means that the ball travels on the ground rather than in the air. Snapshot.

  • Example: ‘Christian Eriksen’s stylish snapshot is enough to secure victory!’ (

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