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Medium: Flick on

Medium: Flick on

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 easy so we’re looking at common football words and phrases. Things you use and need to know to play the game.

Summary

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 word flick on

You can find more lessons on the side of this page.

Transcript

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: We have three different levels for you: 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 flick on. Have a listen to this part of a live match report. 

Jack: No goals to report anywhere at the moment … let’s see what’s happening at Stamford Bridge … hold on we have a goal at Anfield over to you Rich.

Rich: Yes, Liverpool have opened the scoring at Anfield. A well-worked corner on the right, Alexander-Arnold crossed the ball in, Salah flicked it on at the front post and Mane poked the ball home at the back post. 1-0 Liverpool.

Jack: Did you hear the phrase we’re looking at in this episode? Flick on. Rich said that Salah flicked it on at the front post. Salah flicked the ball on at the front post. What does that mean?

Rich: Here flick on is a phrasal verb and it means to touch the ball softly and skillfully to change the direction of the ball with the foot or head.

Jack: A common way to score is for one player to flick the ball on at the front post and another player to score at the back post. Here the flick on is very often a header but not always.

Rich: You said the flick on - it can also be a noun. 

Jack: Listen to that piece of commentary again. Listen to how we change flick-on from a phrasal verb to a noun.

Rich:  A well-worked corner on the right, Alexander-Arnold crossed the ball in, Salah with the flick on at the front post and Mane pokes the ball home.

Jack: We often describe big strikers like Olivier Giroud, Christian Benteke or Zlatan Ibrahimovic as good target men who are good at flicking the ball on to teammates.


Rich: The phrasal verb to flick something on is also used to mean turn on electrical equipment that has a switch.

Jack: You might ask someone to flick on the lights. To flick something on usually means to turn something on quickly and maybe only for a short period of time.

Rich: We often say when we are testing if something is working. Maybe after I’ve put a new lightbulb in - I might ask someone else to flick on the lights.

Jack: When lights aren’t working very well we might hear this phrase. When the lightbulb has nearly gone the light might start flickering on and off.

Rich: We might also tell a child to stop flicking the lights on and off - my children like doing that. It can be annoying. 

Final whistle

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.

Comment

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Is it useful to have a striker that can flick the ball on to teammates?

How are flick ons useful at corners?

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KareemZain
08/08/2023
EG
383
points

Yes, it's so useful. Flick ons are useful at corners as they create chances to other players to score goals.


KareemZain
08/08/2023 18:17
Egypt
Manchester City
383

Yes, it's so useful. Flick ons are useful at corners as they create chances to other players to score goals.

Michaelsun
20/02/2022
CN
738
points

Yes, it’s useful to have a striker that can flick the ball on to teammates.
Attacking team players flick the ball on to their teammates who can score easier because not much defending team player mark him .


Michaelsun
20/02/2022 07:18
China
Manchester United
738

Yes, it’s useful to have a striker that can flick the ball on to teammates.
Attacking team players flick the ball on to their teammates who can score easier because not much defending team player mark him .

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Gabriel Amaral
07/05/2021
BR
1512
points

Yes, it is. Specially at goal kicks, when a team has not good capacity to transport the ball by short passing it. Them they use their target man to do so.
At corners it can be useful to position a tall player ou a good header (or both!) to flick the ball on at the front post to a teammate who attacks it seconds later at the back post.


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Gabriel Amaral
07/05/2021 17:41
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

Yes, it is. Specially at goal kicks, when a team has not good capacity to transport the ball by short passing it. Them they use their target man to do so.
At corners it can be useful to position a tall player ou a good header (or both!) to flick the ball on at the front post to a teammate who attacks it seconds later at the back post.

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hsn
29/05/2020
TR
5535
points

In a well-worked corner organization if player don't shoot directly to the "six yard box" as well as giving a pass to the striker. Opponent team players always confuses the target of the ball . Then striker has a chance to get ball and flick it on his/her teammates.


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hsn
29/05/2020 14:45
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5535

In a well-worked corner organization if player don't shoot directly to the "six yard box" as well as giving a pass to the striker. Opponent team players always confuses the target of the ball . Then striker has a chance to get ball and flick it on his/her teammates.

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