Weekly Football Phrase: Route one

route one

Every week, languagecaster.com brings you words or phrases from the footballing news. Today we explain the phrase ‘route one’. You can understand more about the word or phrase by reading the transcript below. You can also find many more examples by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here.

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This week’s football phrase is ‘route one‘. Route means a road or path and one gives a feeling of first, easy to follow, direct. When used in football, route one refers to a direct style of play, usually involving long balls, long crosses to the attacking players. A route one game misses out the midfield as defenders or defensive midfielders use long balls of 30 or 40 yards to reach the forwards. Route one is the opposite of tiki-taka, the short passing game associated with Barcelona. This season at Liverpool in the Premier League their new manager has been trying to introduce a short passing game, but Liverpool needed a route one ball from their left-back, Enrique, finding Suarez to get an equaliser against Newcastle last weekend.

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