In this post, we explain an expression sometimes used in football, especially when a game is postponed, ‘snowed off’ 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:

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Football Language: Snowed off

If a match is postponed it means that the game cannot take place and will have to be played at another time. Another way of saying that a game will not be played is that it is called off or simply ‘off‘; the game won’t be played. This might be due to bad weather – a waterlogged pitch for example – or maybe illness on one side (for example, a Covid outbreak) means they cannot field a full team. Another weather-related reason for a match to be called off is when there is heavy snow which means a game has been snowed off – the game is postponed due to heavy snow. The game is unplayable because of the snowfall.

  • Example: Burnley’s Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur at Turf Moor was postponed 50 minutes before kick-off because of heavy snow. (, November 28th 2021)

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