Learn English through Football Podcast: 2017 Women’s FA Cup

2017 Tottenham vs ArsenalTwo more weekends of the Premier League to go and there is still much to play for at the top and the bottom of the tables. But that’s in the men’s game; the women have also been busy with a spring series and the Women’s FA Cup in England and we’ll be looking at that game too in this week’s show. We also explain some football language including the phrase ‘to go through a player‘ and of course we have some predictions.  Of course you can read the transcript for the show in our post below (Damian = DF, Damon = DB).

Learn English Through Football Podcast: 2017 Women’s FA Cup

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Transcript of the show

DF: You’re listening to Languagecaster’s football-language podcast. Hi everyone. Welcome to the show for all lovers of football and those wanting to sharpen up their English-language skills. My name’s Damian and I’m based in London where the weather is slowly warming up as summer approaches. Damon, of course, is in Tokyo, Japan but he is not with us today but will be back again next week. Now, apologies for the delay in this week’s podcast but both of us have been super busy at work but again we hope we return in our usual Saturday morning slot next weekend which will of course be the final game in this season’s English Premier League.

Line up

DF: Of course, we know that Chelsea are now the new Champions of England, while we also know that the women’s game in England has been busy too recently – more on those stories later in the show in our good, the bad and the ugly section. After that, we’ve got a few football phrases to talk about, we have a quiz question, and three games in our regular predictions section.

DF: Yes, you are listening to languagecaster.com and that message was in German. Now, if you would like to record the message “You are listening to languagecaster” in your language then just send it on to us here at admin@languagecaster.com.

DF: OK, let’s start the good, the bad and the ugly section with some good news.


DF: Well, it was very good for Manchester City as they win the FA Cup in fine style with a 4-1 victory over Birmingham. They are also doing well in the Spring Series lying second behind Liverpool in the nine-team competition. I am, of course, talking about Manchester City’s women’s team not their male counterparts. The victory in the FA Cup, played at Wembley in front of over 35,000 fans, means that Manchester City hold all three domestic trophies: the Women’s Super League, the Women’s Super League Cup, and now the FA Cup. Well done Manchester City!

DF: I suppose before we move to bad, we should also say well done to Chelsea for clinching the title and to Real Madrid and Juventus for getting through to the Champions League final earlier on last week.


Well a week or so ago we congratulated some south coast teams on their promotions – Plymouth, Portsmouth and Brighton. But is has been bad for teams from another region of England. From the north east or east of England: Sunderland, Middlesbrough and, last weekend, Hull City have all been relegated. What about ugly?


DF: Well, it would be too cruel to call this ugly but it was definitely a crucial missed chance. Celta Vigo’s Guidetti could have put the Spanish side in to the Europa League final at the expense of Manchester United with a last-minute winner. The player found himself six yards from goal with the keeper nowhere but couldn’t steer a squared ball in to the gaping net. A crushing miss for the striker which allowed the Red Devils to reach the final by the skin of their teeth.

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DF: OK, we’d just like to remind people to get in touch with us and spread the word if you like our show and site. You can of course email us directly at admin@languagecaster.com, or go to the site and leave a comment on our posts or in our forum. You could also drop by our  Facebook page: Learning English Through Football – we’ve lots of new followers and likes this week – catch up with us on twitter where our handle is @languagecaster, and finally, every now and then we surface on Instagram with a football-themed photo or two. I know Damon’s posted something from a recent match he played in Tokyo. Spread the word!

DF: Now next up we have some football language that emerged from the week.

Football Language: (to) Go Through (Someone)

DF: OK, I’m going to start with a phrase which describes a kind of tackle – a bad one. The football phrase ‘to go through someone‘ describes a strong one and usually results in a booking (a yellow card) or even a sending off (a red card). The tackler attacks the ball, which is being protected by the opposition player. The only way the tackler can get the ball is ‘to go through‘ the opponent; they hit the player before the ball. Therefore, it’s an illegal tackle. Usually, it is a tackle from the side or the back. For example, last week, Hugo Lloris, the Spurs goalkeeper, went through a West Ham player on the edge of the box and was lucky to escape a booking.

DF: Now, other phrases that describe bad tackles include (to) take out which implies an over the top, violent tackle. There is also ‘to clatter into‘ which is similar to the phrase to go through. Listeners, if you have any ideas drop us a line on bad tackles or any language connected to tackles and we’ll feature them on the show!

Quiz question

DF: OK, now it’s time for our weekly quiz question and this week’s quiz question is about women’s football in England. The Women’s Super League was set up in 2011, and you can read more about the league if you come along to the site and do a quick search for the Women’s Super League. We want to know who won the Women’s FA Cup last year in 2016. In the men’s game it was of course Manchester United, but what about the women’s game? We’ll have the answer will be at the end of the show.


DF: Right, now it’s time for our weekly predictions competition. And with 237 points it looks like the title for the season is mine, Damon is trailing on 202 points and then we have Jose on 94 and Alexrr who only joined recently but is still on a wonderful 55 points. He won the April competition – the only non-languagecaster member to win a monthly competition – and is already winning the May competition: He has 12 to my 9 and Damon’s 7. Alexrr maybe you can drop us a line and let us know your football prediction secrets!

Tottenham vs Manchester United

DF: Right, now these games, of course, have already taken place but let’s take a look at what we went for in the big matches on Sunday. In Tottenham’s last ever match at White Hart Lane Damon went for a farewell in style with a 2-0 win over United, while I was a little less confident and went for a 1-1 draw. Well, on a very emotional day at The Lane, Damon was almost right as the game finished 2-1 to Spurs.

West Ham vs Liverpool

DF: The game against Manchester United was a big one for me, but Liverpool’s trip to West Ham was a big one for Damon with a Champions League place on the line. I thought the Reds would easily win – 3-1 – while Damon thought they were going to be sucker-punched and lose 1-0. I was right here as Liverpool easily won 4-0.

Crystal Palace vs Hull

DF: Right, we thought the last game would be a massive one in terms of the relegation battle. Hull City, the Tigers, could have still kept their chances of survival alive with a win, while a victory for Palace would see them safe. Damon went for a 1-0 away win to Hull and I went for a 1-1 draw but actually Palace ran out easy winners – 4-0 and Hull are relegated.

DF: Now, if anyone would like to come on the show to talk about some football language or take part in our predictions then drop us a line at admin@languagecaster.com.

Quiz Answer

DF: Now before we go, let’s revisit the quiz question we asked earlier. We asked which team won the Women’s FA Cup last year. And the answer is… Chelsea!

Good bye

DF: That’s it for this week’s podcast – drop us a line and let us know what you think of our show. Enjoy all the football this week and see you next week, with Damon of course, for the last game of the Premier League season. Bye!

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