Languagecaster Football Language Podcast: Home

HomeHome‘ and how it used in football is the focus of this short podcast. We explain how it is used as a noun or adjective with other words. For this audio report there is a transcript which is great for learners and teachers of English. If you have questions or comments about this, or any other football phrase, you can email us at:

Football Language: Home

DB: Hi there. This is Damon from How are you doing? Hope all is well with you and you are ready to talk the language of football!

Stinger: You are listening to (in Welsh).

Yes, you are listening to and that message was in Welsh. OK, on this short football language podcast, I am going to talk about the word ‘home‘ and how it is used in football. Or maybe more correctly, I’m going to talk about some of the words we use with ‘home‘.

Home as an Adjective

Probably, when you first think of how ‘home‘ is used in football you think about ‘home ground’ – so Chelsea’s home ground is Stamford Bridge, and Newcastle United’s home ground is St. James’ Park. So, in this case, home is used as an adjective. We could also ‘home fans’  compared to ‘away fans’. But you might also want to change fans to supporters or crowd – so the home crowd is really getting behind their team.

Continuing with home as an adjective, let’s move away from the supporters and talk about the home sidethe home side took an early lead for example. Or we could talk about their season or campaign, the home side’s campaign. In this Premier League season we have Everton vs Liverpool coming up this weekend, and the home side’s campaign has got off to a great start with four wins out of four. And what about how the team is doing? We can compare their home record with their away record.

Home as a Noun

We can also use home as a noun, meaning the goal and when we do this we have a lot of options for verbs to make great football phrases – to fire home, to drill home, to stroke home all mean to score, to put the ball in the goal. Let’s take a look at these and divide the shots into styles. So, for a powerful shot we could say ‘player X fired home, powered home, drilled home; for a slightly more controlled shot we could say ‘player X steered home‘, ‘stroked home‘; and for a header, ‘Player X nodded home.

Stinger: You are listening to (in Polish).

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  • Could you explain the meaning of “claim” and “home” in this sentence?

    Lukasz Fabianski comes to claim a cross. West Ham are nearly home.

    Sweden claim a vital three points in Group E courtesy of Emil Forsberg’s second half penalty.

    • Hi Dwi,

      In the first example, ‘claim’ means catch (get). So, the keeper caught the ball. Using ‘claim’ introduces a feeling of competition – the keeper versus another player – the keeper by catching the ball, claims it – ‘this is mine!’.

      As for ‘home’, this can be use din different ways, but in this context it means ‘safe’. West Ham are winning and the match is nearly finished. Their goalkeeper ‘claims’ the ball and in a few minutes the whistle will go. The game will end and West Ham will safely have the points.

      Imagine a long hike (the match), and the last few hundred metres (the last 5 minutes of the match) before you get to your destination (- the whistle -home).

      The last example with ‘claim’ means the same as the first – get (especially meaning take away from the other side).

      Hope that helps!

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