This week, introduces the football phrase ‘to hit form‘. You can understand more about this phrase by reading the transcript below. 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 week’s English for Football is to hit form. ‘Form’ refers to the team’s record in the previous five or six games. Good form means they have been winning, while bad form, of course, implies they have been doing poorly and losing games. The verb ‘to hit‘ usually means to punch or to physically knock someone or something, but ‘to hit‘ can also mean to arrive at or come into, so ‘to hit form‘ means to come into some good results. It often collocates with ‘at the right time‘ – to hit form at the right time – to describe a team that is having some good results at an important part of the season or in a cup competition. This week, AC Milan beat Barcelona and seem to be hitting form at the right time in Serie A and the Champions League. To hit form.

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Football GlossaryEpisode 333