On this week’s English for football phrase, languagecaster brings you the expression ‘schoolboy error‘. 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.
This week’s English for football phrase is the expression schoolboy error which is used to describe a very bad mistake committed by a player during a game. The mistake is so basic and unexpected that it is hard to believe that a professional player could do such a thing – it is a mistake that only someone with a limited knowledge of the game would make – a schoolboy. A similar expression is ‘rookie mistake’ which is more common in the US. Some typical examples of schoolboy errors include not playing to the whistle, not facing a free kick or failing to clear the ball when under pressure. These are basics of the game and failing to do them may result in a team conceding a goal or even losing a game. Schoolboy error.
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