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Football Glossary: Orange Card

When we use the phrase 'an orange card', we believe a tackle is between a yellow card and a red card. The tackle is bad and could be a red.

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Football Language: (to) Cough Up

In this football language post for learners of English who love the beautiful game, we look at the phrase ‘to cough up‘. Check...

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Football Glossary: Sucker punch

This phrase is connected to counter-attacking football. The phrase sucker punch originally comes from boxing and means to hit or punch...

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Football Glossary: Fluke

Fluke: This means that something in the game has only happened because of luck - a lucky shot or pass for example can be described as a...

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Football Glossary: Step over

Step over: Like a nutmeg, this skill used in football to try and fool an opposing defender. When dribbling with the ball the attacker...

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Football Glossary: Bid

Bid: To make an offer for a player; to try and buy a player on a transfer. This word is commonly used when...

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Football Glossary: To Field

To field: When used as a verb this means to choose or pick the starting XI or the team; the players who start the game (on the field).

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Football Glossary: Scout

Scout: These are people employed by a club to look at or check on other teams or players. It can also be used as a verb - to scout.

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Football Glossary: Shut-out

A Shut-out: This is the American equivalent of a clean sheet, i.e. when one team does not concede any goals in a game.

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Football Glossary: Qualify

Qualify: To progress to the next round. In order to play in important tournaments or rounds teams have to play and win a set of preliminary...

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Football Glossary: On target

To be on target: We use this expression to describe when a forward shoots and the keeper has to make a save or a goal is scored.

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Football Glossary: Offside

Offside: When an attacking team's player is beyond the last defender, the game is stopped and there is a free kick for the defensive side

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Football Glossary: Signing

Signing: The new player at a team as she/he has come from another team on a transfer; they have been signed

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Football Glossary: Slump

Slump: A bad run of form, a time of bad luck or bad results. It can also be used as a verb - to slump.

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Football Glossary: Send off

(to) Send someone off: The referee has to send off a player for bad conduct on the pitch. When a player receives a red card he has to leave...

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Football Glossary: Relegation

When a team has to move down a division because of poor results. The club is generally occupying the bottom two or three positions.

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Football Glossary: Qualifiers

Qualifier: Games played to decide which teams progress to the main tournament or knock-out stages of a competition. A game to qualify for...

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Football Glossary: Nil

How would you say the score 0-0? Zero zero? Check out 'nil' in languagecaster's football glossary.

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Football Glossary: Seal a deal

(to) Seal a deal: To complete a deal or transaction. In football we use it when talking about player transfers; the movement of players...

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Football Glossary: Scudetto

Scudetto: Name for the Italian league title (Serie A). It refers to a the winning shield. Teams in Serie A play for the Scudetto.

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Football Glossary: In with a shout

This English for Football phrase is to be in with a shout and it means to have a chance of doing well in something even though you may not...

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Football Glossary: Injury

injury: When a player is hurt during the match we can say that they have suffered an injury. If a team has many players...

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Football cliche: Men against boys

The languagecaster team explain a new football phrase or cliche for learners of English who love the sport. Click on the link below to...

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Football Glossary: Group Stage

(the) Group stage: The earlier rounds of a competition or tournament when teams play each other to determine which sides progress to the...

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Football Glossary: Goal

Goal: When a team scores this is known as a goal
We also sometimes refer to the net or place where players have to score as the goal

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Football Glossary: Division

Division: In regular season play, teams play against other teams in divisions or leagues: different tiers that are based on merit.