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    • #26662
      HP Sauce

      Hi everyone,

      After reading this article from the BBC on football/soccer language I was wondering if anyone knew what the following US soccer terms refer to?

      a. cleats
      b. match ups
      c. on frame

      Do you know of any other examples of the differences in the way we describe the same game in English? US vs UK football language.

    • #26690

      Thanks for the post and the question.

      Cleats are of course studs, match ups would be marking someone while on frame is the same as to be on target.

      Does anyone have any more examples of US soccer terms?

    • #26703

      There are some more examples of US soccer language in this BBC article.
      The Winningest team? An offensive player?

    • #26725

      I’m based in Japan, so this isn’t specifically about US vs UK football language. In Japan, they use a lot of words based on English when they play football:

      Nice save = nice Kee (nice keeper)
      Nice shot = Nigh-shoo (nice shoot)
      Shirt = uni (uniform)

      Some are much closer to the original English

      Pass = Passu
      Cross = Crossu

      My favourite, though is

      minus, which means a pass to someone behind you.

    • #26842

      In US English, can I say the losingest team as well?

    • #26876

      Unfortunately no!

    • #37625
      HP Sauce

      I was asked by a friend from the US about whether the phrase ‘icing the kicker‘ was used in soccer. Any ideas?

    • #40109

      I think (according to this Wikipedia article) ‘icing the kicker‘ is used in NFL to disturb the goal kicker so for example a time out will be called just before kicking for goal. This is not really used in football though keepers will try and put the penalty taker off by moving on his/her line or by talking to the player in the hopes of ‘psyching’ him/her out.

    • #40110

      Interesting article from ESPN on Bob Bradley’s use of language.

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