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The Groundsman

The Groundsman

The Groundsman

 

Listen to the groundsman's match day and try to answer these questions:

 

 

  1. When does the groundsman start his day?
  2. What was he worried about?
  3. Why was he happy at the end of the match?

Improve your listening

Activity 1: In this activity, you have to match the pictures to some of the football phrases you heard in the listening.
Can you match the football words to the picture?
Activity 2: In this activity, you have to complete the gaps in the sentences. Listen again if you're not sure of the answer.
Listen again and put the words in the correct part of the text.
 

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What do you think?

Was the listening easy or difficult?
Does the groundsman have a difficult job?
Are the pitches good in your country?
Does the weather sometimes cause problems?
 

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AndrewJfk's picture
AndrewJfk
15/01/2024
ES
66
points

Listening was very easy!

Groundsman job is a bit hard and difficult, because is need to deal with the weather conditions. The groundsman have to check all pitch everything have to be perfect for the match.

In my country there are a lots of good pitches prepare, for different matches like League.

The bad conditions like rain or hard storms, sometimes have made cancelled a lot of matches all over the world.


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AndrewJfk
15/01/2024 12:10
Spain
Chelsea
66

Listening was very easy!

Groundsman job is a bit hard and difficult, because is need to deal with the weather conditions. The groundsman have to check all pitch everything have to be perfect for the match.

In my country there are a lots of good pitches prepare, for different matches like League.

The bad conditions like rain or hard storms, sometimes have made cancelled a lot of matches all over the world.

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Taha Gashout
28/03/2022
LY
492
points

Thank you. It's very important to practice listening.


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Taha Gashout
28/03/2022 13:29
Libya
Liverpool
492

Thank you. It's very important to practice listening.

Mo'men Mohammed's picture
Mo'men Mohammed
08/04/2021
EG
438
points

- The listening was easy.
- I think Yes, He does have a difficult job, They got to take care of ground / pitch for a match to be good and safe to the players.
- I my country the pitches are not good at all.
- Yes, it does. Especially when it's Snowing or raining strongly .


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Mo'men Mohammed
08/04/2021 14:34
Egypt
Arsenal
438

- The listening was easy.
- I think Yes, He does have a difficult job, They got to take care of ground / pitch for a match to be good and safe to the players.
- I my country the pitches are not good at all.
- Yes, it does. Especially when it's Snowing or raining strongly .

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Gabriel Amaral
08/03/2021
BR
1512
points

It was easy and helpful, as usual.
The groundsman have an important job because he/she got to take care of one of the most important things for a match to be good and safe to the players: the pitch, lines and nets.
In my country the pitches are getting better every year, following patterns established from the CBF.
Yes, it does. Especially when it's strongly raining.


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Gabriel Amaral
08/03/2021 13:49
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

It was easy and helpful, as usual.
The groundsman have an important job because he/she got to take care of one of the most important things for a match to be good and safe to the players: the pitch, lines and nets.
In my country the pitches are getting better every year, following patterns established from the CBF.
Yes, it does. Especially when it's strongly raining.

Gergő Nagy
24/03/2020
HU
3396
points

It was easy.
She doesn't have a difficult job.
In Hungary the pitches aren't in good condition.
The weather isn't causes problems, it is a rear thing.


Gergő Nagy
24/03/2020 10:10
Hungary
Chelsea
3396

It was easy.
She doesn't have a difficult job.
In Hungary the pitches aren't in good condition.
The weather isn't causes problems, it is a rear thing.

MOBO_SURE123
22/02/2020
NG
5
points

Of all the days in the week, since I graduated high school, weekends have always been my favorite. This is because its a "Soccer Match Day". Yes, I enjoy watching football and am a die-hard Chelsea fan. Hope I get to watch s live soccer match at Stamford Bridge in London one day.   The article has really gotten my interest. I am going to bookmark your blog and keep checking for new details every week.


MOBO_SURE123
22/02/2020 11:33
Nigeria
Chelsea
5

Of all the days in the week, since I graduated high school, weekends have always been my favorite. This is because its a "Soccer Match Day". Yes, I enjoy watching football and am a die-hard Chelsea fan. Hope I get to watch s live soccer match at Stamford Bridge in London one day.   The article has really gotten my interest. I am going to bookmark your blog and keep checking for new details every week.

Hsn5840
24/01/2020
TR
0
points

Groundsmen, they are real labourer of football match.


Hsn5840
24/01/2020 17:06
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
0

Groundsmen, they are real labourer of football match.

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Silvia García
16/01/2020
MX
24
points

It was a good history i like it, now i know been a groundsman Is not Easy


Silvia García's picture
Silvia García
16/01/2020 04:22
Mexico
Manchester City
24

It was a good history i like it, now i know been a groundsman Is not Easy

jjosebadillo's picture
jjosebadillo
21/11/2019
MX
435
points

Easy
Yes it's difficult
No they aren't
a lot of troubles


jjosebadillo's picture
jjosebadillo
21/11/2019 05:57
Mexico
Wolverhampton Wanderers
435

Easy
Yes it's difficult
No they aren't
a lot of troubles

josegsalass's picture
josegsalass
04/11/2019
VE
581
points

I think it was easy.
His job is not easy but he should check the weather channel before doing this work the match day.
There are good ones, normally for professional football matches but at the amateur level, most of the pitches are not so good.
Yes, the weather in Venezuela is sometimes a big problem. It sometimes rains cats and dogs and matches must be suspended because the pitches get flooded.


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josegsalass
04/11/2019 15:42
Venezuela
Liverpool
581

I think it was easy.
His job is not easy but he should check the weather channel before doing this work the match day.
There are good ones, normally for professional football matches but at the amateur level, most of the pitches are not so good.
Yes, the weather in Venezuela is sometimes a big problem. It sometimes rains cats and dogs and matches must be suspended because the pitches get flooded.

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HarshG
22/08/2019
IN
49
points

Easy. Yes, it is difficult job. The pitches are good at big stadiums and somewhat good at local stadiums in India. Yes, weather sometimes do cause problems.
1. Groundsman starts his day early in the morning.
2. He was worried about rains during match hour.
3. He was happy at the end of the match because it didn't rain during match.


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HarshG
22/08/2019 13:50
India
Manchester United
49

Easy. Yes, it is difficult job. The pitches are good at big stadiums and somewhat good at local stadiums in India. Yes, weather sometimes do cause problems.
1. Groundsman starts his day early in the morning.
2. He was worried about rains during match hour.
3. He was happy at the end of the match because it didn't rain during match.

Torofootball
14/06/2019
MX
120
points

As always the listening has been clear.
I think the groundsman has not a difficult job but yes an important. He has to predict the whether and it will be always hard to predict that.
Yes, rain or snow can damage the pitch and change the speed of the match.


Torofootball
14/06/2019 04:02
Mexico
Manchester United
120

As always the listening has been clear.
I think the groundsman has not a difficult job but yes an important. He has to predict the whether and it will be always hard to predict that.
Yes, rain or snow can damage the pitch and change the speed of the match.

Tatiane
08/05/2019
BR
154
points

the listening was easy.
The groundsman needs to be alert all the time, especially when the team will play.
Most of the pitches in my country are good, but we have other poor clubs and they have more difficults maintaining a great pitch, especially in rainy days.


Tatiane
08/05/2019 01:11
Brazil
Everton
154

the listening was easy.
The groundsman needs to be alert all the time, especially when the team will play.
Most of the pitches in my country are good, but we have other poor clubs and they have more difficults maintaining a great pitch, especially in rainy days.

Achilles's picture
Achilles
19/01/2019
GR
69
points

The listening activity was easy.
The groundsman has a difficult job because he has to water the whole pitch. The pitches are good only in BIG stadiums.
The rain causes problems because it forms deep pools of water.


Achilles's picture
Achilles
19/01/2019 12:50
Greece
Chelsea
69

The listening activity was easy.
The groundsman has a difficult job because he has to water the whole pitch. The pitches are good only in BIG stadiums.
The rain causes problems because it forms deep pools of water.

VanessaG
17/07/2018
MX
334
points

Was the listening easy or difficult? easy
Does the groundsman have a difficult job? no
Are the pitches good in your country? I think so
Does the weather sometimes cause problems? I do not know


VanessaG
17/07/2018 20:57
Mexico
Chelsea
334

Was the listening easy or difficult? easy
Does the groundsman have a difficult job? no
Are the pitches good in your country? I think so
Does the weather sometimes cause problems? I do not know

leon90
08/05/2018
CO
321
points

the job's groundsman is a bit difficult

no, they are very bad

yes, when it's rain very too,it's dangers for the players


leon90
08/05/2018 22:24
Colombia
Manchester City
321

the job's groundsman is a bit difficult

no, they are very bad

yes, when it's rain very too,it's dangers for the players

nikola.mr
06/04/2018
RS
68
points

It was easy listening. Groundsman does not have a very difficult job.


nikola.mr
06/04/2018 13:49
Serbia
Manchester United
68

It was easy listening. Groundsman does not have a very difficult job.

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misabog
30/01/2018
RS
319
points

Yes, it was.


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misabog
30/01/2018 19:42
Serbia
Liverpool
319

Yes, it was.

jmesav92
27/10/2017
CO
297
points

I'm acusstom to the listenings.

The groundsman have a important job to the development of the match, because the pitch can decide a match.

In my country are only any pitch goods, really, the pitchs of the principal cities.

Yes, the weather can cause many problems en the pitchs.


jmesav92
27/10/2017 17:27
Colombia
Chelsea
297

I'm acusstom to the listenings.

The groundsman have a important job to the development of the match, because the pitch can decide a match.

In my country are only any pitch goods, really, the pitchs of the principal cities.

Yes, the weather can cause many problems en the pitchs.

Flávio Jose
30/08/2017
BR
16
points

Here in Brazil my team make the same thing they irrigates the pitch before the game and in the half time


Flávio Jose
30/08/2017 19:09
Brazil
Liverpool
16

Here in Brazil my team make the same thing they irrigates the pitch before the game and in the half time

M.s. Aboelsafa's picture
M.s. Aboelsafa
19/08/2016
EG
738
points

Correct me
1-The weather causes a lot of problem
If it is rainy it may lead to stop the moving of traffic, stop matches
in our countries the weather may reaches above 50*c & it can stop the life of people completely


M.s. Aboelsafa's picture
M.s. Aboelsafa
19/08/2016 15:07
Egypt
Arsenal
738

Correct me
1-The weather causes a lot of problem
If it is rainy it may lead to stop the moving of traffic, stop matches
in our countries the weather may reaches above 50*c & it can stop the life of people completely

Rich's picture
Rich
20/08/2016
ES
594
points

Hi M.S. Aboelsafa

Thanks for your message. Your English is really good and I don't have any problems understanding your message. I've made a couple of corrections below that you may find helpful.

The weather causes a lot of problems in my country.
If it is rainy it may lead to traffic problems or matches being delayed or postponed.
In my country the weather may go over 50*c & it can stop day to day life completely.

Have a look at the corrections in blue and let me know if you have any other questions.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
20/08/2016 15:06
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi M.S. Aboelsafa

Thanks for your message. Your English is really good and I don't have any problems understanding your message. I've made a couple of corrections below that you may find helpful.

The weather causes a lot of problems in my country.
If it is rainy it may lead to traffic problems or matches being delayed or postponed.
In my country the weather may go over 50*c & it can stop day to day life completely.

Have a look at the corrections in blue and let me know if you have any other questions.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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M.s. Aboelsafa
19/08/2016
EG
738
points

3-In Egypt, The pitches are very bad due to the dis caring of it
only 5 pitches are good around the country & it is so bad


M.s. Aboelsafa's picture
M.s. Aboelsafa
19/08/2016 14:58
Egypt
Arsenal
738

3-In Egypt, The pitches are very bad due to the dis caring of it
only 5 pitches are good around the country & it is so bad

M.s. Aboelsafa's picture
M.s. Aboelsafa
19/08/2016
EG
738
points

2-The groundsman has a difficult job as he under the order of weather
If the weather is good, his job would be easy this day
But, If it is bad, he wouldn't be happy
So, his job is out of prediction


M.s. Aboelsafa's picture
M.s. Aboelsafa
19/08/2016 14:49
Egypt
Arsenal
738

2-The groundsman has a difficult job as he under the order of weather
If the weather is good, his job would be easy this day
But, If it is bad, he wouldn't be happy
So, his job is out of prediction

M.s. Aboelsafa's picture
M.s. Aboelsafa
19/08/2016
EG
738
points

1-The listening was easy


M.s. Aboelsafa's picture
M.s. Aboelsafa
19/08/2016 14:43
Egypt
Arsenal
738

1-The listening was easy

Ghigo's picture
Ghigo
01/08/2016
IT
962
points

It was easy, right for me.
In my opinion the groundsman is a beautiful job.
So and so.
No the weather doesn't cause problems.


Ghigo's picture
Ghigo
01/08/2016 08:22
Italy
Liverpool
962

It was easy, right for me.
In my opinion the groundsman is a beautiful job.
So and so.
No the weather doesn't cause problems.

Ghigo's picture
Ghigo
31/07/2016
IT
962
points

Yes very interesting


Ghigo's picture
Ghigo
31/07/2016 20:26
Italy
Liverpool
962

Yes very interesting

Ghigo's picture
Ghigo
31/07/2016
IT
962
points

Great premier skills English


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Ghigo
31/07/2016 20:23
Italy
Liverpool
962

Great premier skills English

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assemjuve
27/07/2016
PS
3705
points

Yes it does.


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assemjuve
27/07/2016 05:02
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

Yes it does.

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kwesimanifest
01/06/2016
GH
4768
points

The groundsman work is difficult because he has to keep the grass at the same level over the entire field


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kwesimanifest
01/06/2016 15:14
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

The groundsman work is difficult because he has to keep the grass at the same level over the entire field

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
01/06/2016
GH
4768
points

It was easy doing the listening


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
01/06/2016 15:13
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

It was easy doing the listening

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
01/06/2016
GH
4768
points

Quite a number of pitches in ghana are are good but majority are in very bad state


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
01/06/2016 15:12
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

Quite a number of pitches in ghana are are good but majority are in very bad state

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
01/06/2016
GH
4768
points

The weather sometimes causes problems and mostly results in matches been postponed or halted for a while


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
01/06/2016 15:11
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

The weather sometimes causes problems and mostly results in matches been postponed or halted for a while

thisisme's picture
thisisme
02/05/2016
VN
38
points

3/6


thisisme's picture
thisisme
02/05/2016 11:48
Vietnam
Chelsea
38

3/6

awhasan's picture
awhasan
27/03/2016
BD
41
points

it was a good learning from a different view.


awhasan's picture
awhasan
27/03/2016 08:31
Bangladesh
Manchester United
41

it was a good learning from a different view.

hanymeo's picture
hanymeo
02/03/2016
EG
204
points

It was very fantastic. i have learned some new vocabularies


hanymeo's picture
hanymeo
02/03/2016 23:26
Egypt
Chelsea
204

It was very fantastic. i have learned some new vocabularies

Rich's picture
Rich
03/03/2016
ES
594
points

Welcome to Premier Skills English, Hany Mostafa! 

Thanks for your comment and I hope you enjoy our website!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
03/03/2016 09:22
Spain
Liverpool
594

Welcome to Premier Skills English, Hany Mostafa! 

Thanks for your comment and I hope you enjoy our website!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
01/03/2016
TR
1761
points

It's very easy.
so-so.
No,that's terrible.
Yes.


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HakanUslu1881
01/03/2016 21:09
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

It's very easy.
so-so.
No,that's terrible.
Yes.

ZoeyRedbird's picture
ZoeyRedbird
16/02/2016
RU
369
points

It wasn't too easy or too difficult.
Yeah kind of, i mean its responsible job.
Yep, i think so.
Yes, the weather sometimes is cause problem but when the game is good game the weather is not a problem.


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ZoeyRedbird
16/02/2016 10:43
Russia
Manchester United
369

It wasn't too easy or too difficult.
Yeah kind of, i mean its responsible job.
Yep, i think so.
Yes, the weather sometimes is cause problem but when the game is good game the weather is not a problem.

RafaelRC's picture
RafaelRC
10/02/2016
BR
663
points

The listening, for me, was a litlle dificult. I need to train more my listening.
The works of the groundsman is easy, but is very important for the team.
In Brazil the pitches of big teams are good. The littles or poor teams usually have bad pitches. Generally the weather in Brazil is good for the football. Sometimes its hot or rainny, but is normal.


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RafaelRC
10/02/2016 16:48
Brazil
Arsenal
663

The listening, for me, was a litlle dificult. I need to train more my listening.
The works of the groundsman is easy, but is very important for the team.
In Brazil the pitches of big teams are good. The littles or poor teams usually have bad pitches. Generally the weather in Brazil is good for the football. Sometimes its hot or rainny, but is normal.

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MUGEMANYI
09/02/2016
RW
2320
points

Groundsman's job is easy


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MUGEMANYI
09/02/2016 06:02
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Groundsman's job is easy

MUGEMANYI's picture
MUGEMANYI
09/02/2016
RW
2320
points

Listening was quite easy


MUGEMANYI's picture
MUGEMANYI
09/02/2016 06:02
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Listening was quite easy

Tigrann
31/01/2016
AM
328
points

The groundsman talks well and it is very easy to understand.


Tigrann
31/01/2016 19:03
Armenia
Southampton
328

The groundsman talks well and it is very easy to understand.

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Rafayel
29/01/2016
AM
516
points

Listenin is not so difficult. No i think his job isnt difficult.


Rafayel's picture
Rafayel
29/01/2016 11:50
Armenia
Arsenal
516

Listenin is not so difficult. No i think his job isnt difficult.

footballlearner's picture
footballlearner
27/01/2016
ES
130
points

The listening was quite easy for me. I enjoyed the perfect pronunciation. In my country it's more difficult to keep the pitch in shape because it hardly rains. We enjoy football matches because the weather is usually nice, warm and dry. But then it's difficult to have very good pitches, or at least groundsmen have to work harder than in England.


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footballlearner
27/01/2016 23:45
Spain
Aston Villa
130

The listening was quite easy for me. I enjoyed the perfect pronunciation. In my country it's more difficult to keep the pitch in shape because it hardly rains. We enjoy football matches because the weather is usually nice, warm and dry. But then it's difficult to have very good pitches, or at least groundsmen have to work harder than in England.

Shakhtar_FC
26/01/2016
UA
25
points

It was easy, but very interesting. Generally its a great site. I like it and will continied to sit in it.


Shakhtar_FC
26/01/2016 22:52
Ukraine
Manchester United
25

It was easy, but very interesting. Generally its a great site. I like it and will continied to sit in it.

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Josefigo7
26/01/2016
ES
21
points

Hello / Hola ¡¡¡ The audio was so easy... but we can to practise. In Spain, the majority of pitchs are well, but the poor-team's pitchs are very bad, i dont know if they pay much money to their groundsmans...
Nos vemossss


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Josefigo7
26/01/2016 11:35
Spain
Leicester City
21

Hello / Hola ¡¡¡ The audio was so easy... but we can to practise. In Spain, the majority of pitchs are well, but the poor-team's pitchs are very bad, i dont know if they pay much money to their groundsmans...
Nos vemossss

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aragorn1986
25/01/2016
ME
3557
points

Groundsman has a cool job. The level of stress is reduced to minimum:-)


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aragorn1986
25/01/2016 18:34
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Groundsman has a cool job. The level of stress is reduced to minimum:-)

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jinlee
11/01/2016
VN
260
points

i think the listening is not difficult . The groundsman have a difficult job.
In my country, the pitches are not good, it looks very bad in V-league.
The weather in my country usually hot so it's not problems for us.


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jinlee
11/01/2016 09:21
Vietnam
Chelsea
260

i think the listening is not difficult . The groundsman have a difficult job.
In my country, the pitches are not good, it looks very bad in V-league.
The weather in my country usually hot so it's not problems for us.

hichem hy
30/12/2015
DZ
124
points

- The listening was easy, but I had to listen again to understand.
- No, he haven't a difficult job.
- In my country only a few of pitches are good.
- Yes, the weather can cause problems, like heavy snowfall...


hichem hy
30/12/2015 15:52
Algeria
Manchester City
124

- The listening was easy, but I had to listen again to understand.
- No, he haven't a difficult job.
- In my country only a few of pitches are good.
- Yes, the weather can cause problems, like heavy snowfall...

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