Weekly Football Phrase: To Sky

Who skied a penalty in a derby last week? And what does ‘to sky’ mean. Check out languagecaster’s weekly football phrase.

skyLanguagecaster’s weekly football phrase this week is ‘to sky’. You can find out more about this 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 Sky

This week’s Weekly Football Phrase is the verb to sky. Usually, sky is a noun and its use as a verb is almost only in connection with football. It is most often used with the object a shot – as in to sky a shot, and it means to hit the ball high into the air over the crossbar. Commentators may replace ‘shot’ with the pronoun ‘it’ – He skied it. One of the most common situations you will  here this phrase is when a penalty has been taken and missed, with the player shooting high over the bar. This weekend, Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge skied his penalty and missed a chance to get a hat-trick. It was reported in sport.uk.msn.com this way: Daniel Sturridge’s skied penalty at Anfield wasn’t the first to sail over the crossbar in recent weeks. To sky

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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