In our predictions we feature several games from cup competitions, and in our weekly football phrase we explain the phrase cup tied.

  • Find out more about this phrase by reading the transcript below and listening to the audio.
  • You can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here.
  • This post also features in our podcast show, along with a main report and our weekly predictions.

Cup tied

This phrase is used as an adjective to describe a player who cannot play in a cup competition. The reason the player cannot play, or is cup tied, is because they have played in the competition for another club and cannot play in the same competition for their new club – they are cup tied

  • Example: (Liverpool’s) Jordon Ibe is cup-tied meaning the 18-year-old will be denied a third successive start in the FA Cup and a space will open at wing-back. (Blog post)
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