[gss-content-box color=”gray”]Every day during the World Cup, the languagecaster team will be explaining a football phrase or clichĂ© connected to this summer’s tournament. Click on the link below to hear the word or phrase and you can also read the transcript. You can find many more examples by going to our football clichĂ©s here and our huge football glossary here.[/gss-content-box]

It’s day 2 of the World Cup and already we’ve seen some great goals in the tournament but we’ve also seen one or two that have come from set-pieces and this is the World Cup phrase of the day. A set-piece refers to a moment in the game when the play has stopped and the ball is returned to play. This may also be known as a dead-ball situation. Though this may include throw-ins and goal-kicks it usually refers to free-kicks and corners. Set-pieces or set plays have become increasingly important in football as they often lead to goals, indeed, some teams are known to be dangerous from set-pieces, such as the USA or England. In the first round match between Argentina and Nigeria, Gabriel Heinze scored with a header from a set-piece that was badly defended and I am sure this will not be the last set-piece goal in this World Cup. Set Piece.

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