Weekly Football Phrase: To Pick Out

(to) Pick out

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This week’s English for football phrase is ‘to pick out‘. To pick is a verb that means to choose something from a range of options. The phrase to pick out in football means to find a player with a pass. Usually, this pass is a fairly long one, and it requires skill and technique to achieve a good pass. When used, the speaker wants to give the idea that the player who passed the ball was able to get the ball to his teammate, even though his teammate was far away or closely marked. To pick out.

  • Example: West Ham led when Carlton Cole was picked out by Matt Jarvis. (2013/14 season, Cardiff v West Ham)
  • Example: Ridgewell picked out Sessegnon, who side-stepped John Terry and cracked off a shot. (2013/14 season, Chelsea v West Brom)
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