Every week during the 2010-11 season, the languagecaster team explain a football phrase or cliche for learners of English who love the sport. This week we explain the cliche ‘to leave everything on the pitch‘. 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 our football cliches here and our huge football glossary here.

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This week at languagecaster.com we have a footballing cliche – ‘to leave everything on the pitch’. The pitch is, of course, the field the match is played on, and the ‘everything‘ in the cliche refers to all the team’s effort, all the player’s energy. When there is a very important match, especially a cup final, managers want their players to give their all, to give a 100% – or give a 110% as another cliche has it. So, to leave everything on the pitch means to try your best, give everything, so that win or lose you have no regrets. This weekend, Manchester United and Barcelona play in one of the biggest football cup finals in the world and their fans will be hoping that each player leaves everything on the pitch. Leave everything on the pitch

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Example: ‘Steve Clarke urges Scotland to leave it all on the pitch against Serbia’ (BT.com, November 2020)
Example: ‘Ralph Hasenhuttl: We left everything on the pitch‘ (Daily Echo, April 2021)

If you have any ideas on some football phrases for our site, let us know by emailing us at admin@languagecaster.com. Check out our glossary of footballing phrases here.

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  • Good article, I really like the content and I whole heartedely agree 100%. I really love football. Keep up the good work, I am going to add this blog to my (newreader


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