Medium: Deadline Day Signing
Premier Vocabulary is a mini-podcast for you to learn football English one word at a time. We have three different levels for you: easy, medium and hard.
This episode is medium so we’re looking at football words and phrases you need to describe what’s happening on the pitch or words and phrases fans and commentators on TV might use. There are lots of phrasal verbs to learn at this level.
Learn more football vocabulary with Premier Skills English. Each lesson in our Premier Vocabulary section looks at one football word or phrase. This lesson looks at the phrase deadline day signing.
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Rich: Hello my name’s Rich and welcome to Premier Skills English - Premier Vocabulary.
Jack: Hi there! I’m Jack. We’re here to help you with your football English. Premier Vocabulary is a mini-podcast for you to learn football English one word at a time.
Rich: Don’t forget you can always find the transcript for all our podcasts on the Premier Skills English website. Premier Vocabulary has three different levels: easy, medium and hard.
Jack: This episode is medium so we’re looking at football words and phrases you need to describe what’s happening on the pitch or words and phrases fans and commentators on TV might use. There will be lots of phrasal verbs to learn at this level.
Rich: The phrase we are looking at in this episode is deadline day signing.
Jack: This is quite a topical phrase because it was deadline day in the Premier League the other day, wasn’t it?
Rich: Yes, it was. Let’s start by breaking down the phrase a little.
Jack: The word deadline is used to describe a specific point in time when something needs to be done or completed by.
Rich: Outside of football we often have deadlines we need to meet We often have deadlines connected to work and study.
Jack: Your boss might set deadlines for tasks at work or your school or university might set final deadlines for you to complete assignments.
Rich: Deadlines are set by people in authority and we have to meet their deadlines. To set deadlines and to meet deadlines - a couple of useful collocations there.
Jack: And if you don’t meet the deadline your boss or teacher might not accept your work because you have missed the deadline.
Rich: Sometimes we have to work very hard to meet deadlines because we have so little time. If this is the case we can say we’re working to a very tight deadline.
Jack: Let’s move back to the football. When is deadline day?
Rich: Deadline day or to give it it’s full name transfer deadline day happens twice a year. It’s the day that the transfer window closes.
Jack: So, after this day Premier League clubs are not allowed to make any more transfer or signings until the transfer window re-opens?
Rich: There are a few exceptions but generally, yes. I noticed that you used the word signing there.
Jack: Yes, a signing is a player who has joined a club. A transfer. Every club usually makes some new signings every year and there are often lots of new signings on transfer deadline day.
Rich: So our phrase in this episode deadline day signing is a player who has moved or transferred to a new club on deadline day.
Jack: It was deadline day last Monday. Were there any big deadline day signings.
Rich: Edinson Cavani was a deadline day signing for Manchester United.
Jack: And Thomas Partey was another deadline day signing. He moved from Athletico Madrid to Arsenal. That looks like a good move to me.
Jack: There is the final whistle!
Rich: We’ll be back soon with more Premier Vocabulary from Premier Skills English.
Jack: Bye for now and enjoy your football.
Did your club make any deadline day signings?
Are you ever set deadlines and do you meet those deadlines?