Languagecaster’s weekly football phrase is the verb phrase ‘to ring the changes’. You can find out more about this football phrase by reading the transcript below and listening to the audio file. 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.

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Weekly Football Phrase – To Ring the Changes

Our Football Phrase for this week is the verb to ring the changes. This phrase comes from the past-time of bell ringing. To ring the changes means to alter the order in which bells in a church bell tower are rung. The phrase in football is most commonly used to refer to a manager making a lot of substitutions at once, for example bringing on all three substitutes at once, or when fielding a team that is very different to the one chosen for the previous game. This weekend in the FA Cup in England, Arsenal and Manchester City are expected to ring the changes and choose several squad players for the games. The aim is to rest some key players before next week’s Champions League games. To ring the changes.

Find more football phrases by visiting our huge glossary page, where you can find hundreds of words, phrases and cliches connected to the world of football. If there is a phrase you need explaining send us a comment or email and we will try to explain it for you.

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