In this post, we explain the football expression ‘The run in’, which is usually mentioned at the end of the football season. Thank you to Chris for the suggestion. Find out more about this phrase by reading the transcript below, while 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 any suggestions or questions then you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Football Language: The run in
This phrase can usually be heard towards the end of the football season and refers to the last few games of the season – not a fixed number of games. Depending on the opponents that a team has to play their last few matches can be described as being an easy run-in or a tough run-in. The media like to talk about the run-in and often make predictions on where a team will finish based on their run-in. Sometimes we might hear the word ‘title’ used along side ‘run-in’ to show that the final few games might decide the title winners – the last few games of the season will help to decide the title.
- Example: Premier League run-in: Man City close on title, top four still in balance (ESPN.co.uk Headline March 25th 2018).
- Example: 10 Premier League games to go: Which teams have the toughest and easiest run-ins? (Telegraph March 2nd 2018)
- Dropped points
- To drop points
- Winning streak
- Down to the wire
- Two-horse race
- Do the double
- Business end of the season
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