Every week during the 2010-11 season, the languagecaster team explain a football phrase or cliche for learners of English who love the sport. Click on the link below to hear the word or phrase and you can also read the transcript below that. You can find many more examples by going to ourfootball cliches here and our huge football glossary here.
Listen here: To be up for it
This week’s English for football phrase is ‘to be up for it‘. This expression means that you are ready for something, you are motivated, that you are going to try your hardest. This week Michael Essien said that his team, Cheslea, were up for it this weekend, meaning they were very motivated before their game with Manchester United. Sometimes, after a bad performance a manager might say his or her players were not up for it, that they played with little energy or belief. To be up for it.