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.
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 replay.
You can find more lessons on the side of this page.
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 easy so we’re looking at common football words and phrases; things you use and need to know to play the game.
Rich: The word we are looking at in this episode is: replay.
Jack: There are a couple of meanings of replay that are commonly used in football.
Rich: The first meaning we’re going to look at is a match that is played again to decide a winner.
Jack: A replay is a match that is played again because the first match ended in a draw.
Rich: Replays are used in some cup competitions. The FA Cup in England has been using replays to decide winners since 1871 when the first-ever cup replay took place.
Jack: In the 19th century a coin toss would decide where the replay took place but by the beginning of the 20th-century cup replays would take place at the visiting team’s stadium.
Rich: In the past, FA Cup matches and replays were played over 90 minutes. If a match finished in a draw there would be a replay at the other team’s stadium.
Jack: And then if there was another draw there would be another replay and another if there was another draw. Each time the venue would change to the other team’s stadium.
Rich: Arsenal once needed five matches and four replays to beat Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup.
Jack: In the 1990s extra-time and penalties were introduced to replays to prevent multiple replays like this.
Rich: And next season will be the first-ever season without any replays in the FA Cup.
Jack: The other meaning of replay is connected to media. A replay is a repeat of a small piece of video or audio that is watched or listened to again.
Rich: When we watch a football match on television we are often shown replays of important parts of matches.
Jack: We will see replays of goals, chances, red cards and we are even shown replays of fans celebrating these days.
Rich: And, of course, replays are why we now have VAR in the Premier League.
Jack: A team of officials can watch a replay of a goal or a tackle to decide if an on-field decision is correct or not.
Rich: They can watch slow-motion replays to make sure decisions are correct.
Jack: A replay: a match that is played again to decide a winner or a repeated bit of action on a tv screen.
Rich: There is the final whistle!
Jack: We’ll be back soon with more Premier Vocabulary from Premier Skills English.
Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football.
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