drop pointsThis week’s weekly football post explains the phrase to drop points. Find out more about this phrase by reading the transcript below, while you can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here. If you have any suggestions or questions then you can contact us at admin@languagecaster.com.

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(to) Drop points

This week’s English for football phrase is ‘drop points‘ and this is used in football to describe when a team does not win all three points from a match, particularly when that team has been winning during the game. We can think of it as ‘losing’ 2 or 3 points from a game. The phrase is also commonly seen or heard when teams challenging for the title fail to win a game (and their rivals do) and so they have dropped points on their title rivals. For example, Real Madrid cannot afford to drop points this weekend against Valencia or their title chances will disappear. To drop points.

  • Example: Tottenham dropped points in their last two matches which meant that their title chances disappeared.
  • Example: Cech rues dropped points against Palace Goal.com (April 17 2016).
  • Example: ‘No regrets’ for Guardiola as Manchester City drop points at Crystal Palace (Guardian.co.uk, March 14, 2022)

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