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Football Shout-out: Fouls

Football Shout-out: Fouls

Welcome to Football Shout-out from Premier Skills English, where we talk about the language you need when watching a match. Whether you are a super fan or an armchair supporter you won't be able to avoid football on TV this summer. In Football Shout-out, Jack and Rich present useful language to shout at the TV screen when watching a match with or without friends! In this episode, they look at the language you need when a player commits a foul.

Transcript

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Jack: Hello and welcome to Premier Skills English - Football Shout-out 

Rich: Football shoutout is the series that teaches you the language you need when you’re watching the game.

Jack: Hi everybody my name’s Jack 

Rich: and my name’s Rich and welcome to our new series of football English podcasts where we talk about the English you need when you’re watching football.

Jack: This is our second lesson. If you listened to our first lesson, you will remember this:

Jack: Come on ...

Rich: Shoot ...

Jack: Take a shot...

Jack: Yeah!  

Rich: Woohoo!

Jack: Get in!

Rich: Come on!

Jack: What a goal!

Rich: What a belter.

Jack: What a great time to score.

Rich: We can get back in this.

Jack: Our first lesson was all about the language we use when our team scores a goal. If you haven’t heard the lesson, there is a link on the side of this page for you to go back and listen and learn lots of vocabulary connected to goals. 

Rich: Have you got your breath back, Jack?

Jack: Yes, thanks. Talking about goals involves lots of shouting! 

Rich: All of our football Shout-out lessons are about football phrases you can say to friends while watching the match or shout at the TV screen if you are alone.

Jack: And in this lesson, lesson two in the series, we’re going to talk about fouls - what do you say when one player fouls another player.

Rich: Well, that depends, doesn’t it?

Jack: What does it depend on?

Rich: It depends on whether the player that is fouling is on your team.

Jack: Ah yes, of course. Listen to this:

Rich: Referee! That’s gotta be a pen! It’s a definite penalty!

Jack: A penalty? He never touched him! That’s a dive!

Rich: What’s the ref doing?

Jack: It’s going to VAR. Now we’ll see.

Rich: He’s gotta go! That’s gotta be a red. You can’t fly into a tackle like that. Studs up two-footed … horrible

Jack: What are you talking about? He got the ball. It was a fifty-fifty challenge - hard but fair! He went down way too easily!

Rich: What’s the ref given? It’s a penalty! Get in!
...

Rich: Fouls and penalty decisions are often subjective. You usually get two different views and different language from the two sets of fans.

Jack: Yes, it’s always difficult for the man in the middle - the referee.

Rich: Let’s look at some of the language you heard in the example conversation.

Jack:  What about … that’s gotta be a red. 

Rich: Yeah that’s a good phrase. We use this when we think a player should get a red card. 

Jack: You might also hear ‘That’s gotta be a yellow’ which means the referee should give the player a yellow card, or ‘that’s gotta be a booking’ which means the same thing.

Rich: A more difficult phrase we often hear is ‘he’s gotta go for that’ or ‘he’s gotta walk for that’ which means the player should get a red card.

Jack: We often use gotta here, ‘He’s gotta get a red’ rather than ‘he has got to get a red’ or ‘he must get a red’. 

Rich: And of course, fans scream for penalty kicks all the time. You might hear ‘that’s gotta be a pen!’.

Jack: Pen?

Rich: It’s short for penalty. You could shout ‘that’s a definite pen’ or a more difficult phrase is ‘that’s a stonewall penalty’.

Jack: A stonewall is a type of wall you find in the countryside. They are very clear and you can see them for miles, so a stonewall penalty is a very, very clear penalty when the foul is really obvious. I don’t think we use stonewall as an adjective in many other situations.

Rich: No, we just say stonewall penalty. But, remember this all changes when it’s your player doing the fouling.

Jack: One common phrase you might use is ‘he never touched him’. This phrase will still be used by fans even if it was a two-footed flying ninja type tackle at a player’s head.

Rich: Or maybe if you’re feeling generous you will change it to ‘he hardly touched him’!

Jack: Fans will also accuse opposition players of diving - pretending they have been fouled and falling to the ground. ‘That’s a dive’ is a common phrase to shout at the television.

Rich: This is sometimes changed to ‘that’s a blatant dive’. Blatant again means really obvious.

Jack: Or another common phrase is ‘he went down far too easily’ or ‘he went to ground too easily’.

Rich: I have a really strange phrase that I think is funny. It’s ‘he went down like a sack of spuds’. This means he dived … he fell to the ground very easily. A sack is a bag and a spud is a potato. He went down like a sack of potatoes … he went down like a bag of spuds. Silly really but I like it.

Jack: Some other phrases you might want to use when your player fouls are ‘it was a fifty-fifty ball’, ‘he won the ball’ and ‘hard but fair’. All of these are phrases we use to say our player shouldn’t be penalised or punished.

Rich: We’ll look at these phrases and a few more in the lesson which you can find below this podcast.

Rich: Listen again. Do you understand everything now? 

Rich: Ref! That’s gotta be a pen! It’s a definite penalty!

Jack: A penalty? He never touched him! That’s a dive!

Rich: What’s the ref doing?

Jack: It’s going to VAR. Now we’ll see.

Rich: He’s gotta go! That’s gotta be a red. You can’t fly into a tackle like that. Studs up two-footed … horrible

Jack: What are you talking about? He got the ball. It was a fifty-fifty challenge - hard but fair! He went down way too easily!

Rich: What’s the ref given? It’s a penalty! Get in!

Jack: So, that’s how you talk about fouls in English. 

Rich: We’ve got some activities to help you remember the phrases that we’ve been speaking about in the lesson below this podcast.

Jack: We’ll be back soon with our next football English lesson, which focuses on how we talk about the opposition.

Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football.

Language

The language you need when a player commits a foul

In the listening, Rich and Jack split the language into two categories:

  1. When a player on your team is fouled
  2. When a player on your team commits a foul

When a player on your team is fouled

When you see one of your players fouled on the pitch the first reaction of a fan is often to shout for a free-kick or penalty, or for the opposition player to be punished. Jack and Rich used these examples:

Ref! That's gotta be a pen!

He's gotta go!  That's gotta be a red! 

These expressions are informal versions of more complete ways to say the same thing. Look at the sentences below can you fill in the gaps?

R _ _ _ _ _ _! That ___ ___ ___ be a p _ _ _ _ _ _!

He ____ ____ __ be s _ _ _ o _ _! That has ___ __ __ a red ____!

What other phrases did you hear that describe what to say when your player is fouled?

If a player commits a bad foul he will be SENT OFF.

When a player on your team commits a foul

When you see one of your players commit a foul on the pitch the first reaction of a fan is often to deny that a foul has happened and to criticise the opposition player and/or referee for awarding a freekick or penalty. Rich and Jack used these examples:

He never touched him! That's a dive!

He got the ball. It was a fifty-fifty challenge.

Did you hear any similar examples? Can you think of more? Write your answers in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

DIVING is not allowed on the football pitch!

Task

Fouls

Do you understand all of the phrases below? Choose two or three of the phrases and write a mini-dialogue.

  1. It was a fifty-fifty ball!
  2. Hard but fair.
  3. He went down like a sack of potatoes.
  4. That's never a pen! He won the ball.
  5. He went down way too easily!
  6. He's got to walk for that.

Write your answers in the comments section at the bottom of the page!

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What do you think?

  • Were any of these phrases new for you?
  • Can you tell us any other phrases connected to fouls?

Write your answers in the comments section below and don't forget to write your answers to the task above.

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Comments

Coldfront
20/06/2018
PE
48
points

Yes, I didn't know any of this phrases.


Coldfront
20/06/2018 02:59
Peru
Liverpool
48

Yes, I didn't know any of this phrases.

Josias Guanoluisa
19/06/2018
EC
58
points

All the phrases were new to me.
I dont now another phrase.


Josias Guanoluisa
19/06/2018 23:27
Ecuador
Manchester United
58

All the phrases were new to me.
I dont now another phrase.

Leo Great
19/06/2018
CN
82
points

I never know these expressions until I join this course. But there are something I am not sure, e.g. VAR; you can’t fly into a tackle like that; Studs up two-footed.
Could you explain these more specificly?


Leo Great
19/06/2018 14:16
China
Liverpool
82

I never know these expressions until I join this course. But there are something I am not sure, e.g. VAR; you can’t fly into a tackle like that; Studs up two-footed.
Could you explain these more specificly?

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
30/05/2018
SD
2602
points

Thanks for the lovely pod. Always enjoyable. 'He went down like a sack of potatoes' That's so, so funny.


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
30/05/2018 19:55
Sudan
Liverpool
2602

Thanks for the lovely pod. Always enjoyable. 'He went down like a sack of potatoes' That's so, so funny.

Rich's picture
Rich
30/05/2018
ES
248
points

Thanks, Ahmed Adam. How do these 'football shout-out' episodes compare to our regular podcasts and our 'This Week' series? It would be great to get a few thoughts from one of our regular listeners/contributors!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
30/05/2018 20:53
Spain
Liverpool
248

Thanks, Ahmed Adam. How do these 'football shout-out' episodes compare to our regular podcasts and our 'This Week' series? It would be great to get a few thoughts from one of our regular listeners/contributors!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
30/05/2018
SD
2602
points

Correct me.

● All the stuff on the PSE are thoughtful, educative and entertaining. A variety of people can benefit from them. This includes: English learners, football fans and football people at a professional level. You, Jack & Rich are also adding your own special flavour by injecting a bit of humour on these podcasts and that makes them worth listening over and over again.

● In the language podcasts we learn lots of new phrases and expressions that cover important topics. It's important to stress that this type of language is usually a bit more general which is really good for us as English learners. The opening conversations are one of my favourites from the pod and the roleplays are absolutely fantastic! And not to mention the Football Phrase section. Love it.

● Meanwhile, 'This Week' series, is a great show that looks back at the GW highlights. So, we also learn new things, but connected to the beautiful game and the EPL in particular. This pod could be extremely beneficial for footballers, referees, journalists, managers, etc.

● In the shout-outs, however, we, football fans, are the subject here! Not only footballers and managers and there's so much fun in learning this type of language. It's a medium-sized mouthwatering podcast! I really like it.

● In the end, if you ask me which one do I like best? I won't hesitate to choose the Language Podcast because it's got many great sections, best of all, it lasts for a little longer! I wonder will it be back?


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
30/05/2018 22:26
Sudan
Liverpool
2602

Correct me.

● All the stuff on the PSE are thoughtful, educative and entertaining. A variety of people can benefit from them. This includes: English learners, football fans and football people at a professional level. You, Jack & Rich are also adding your own special flavour by injecting a bit of humour on these podcasts and that makes them worth listening over and over again.

● In the language podcasts we learn lots of new phrases and expressions that cover important topics. It's important to stress that this type of language is usually a bit more general which is really good for us as English learners. The opening conversations are one of my favourites from the pod and the roleplays are absolutely fantastic! And not to mention the Football Phrase section. Love it.

● Meanwhile, 'This Week' series, is a great show that looks back at the GW highlights. So, we also learn new things, but connected to the beautiful game and the EPL in particular. This pod could be extremely beneficial for footballers, referees, journalists, managers, etc.

● In the shout-outs, however, we, football fans, are the subject here! Not only footballers and managers and there's so much fun in learning this type of language. It's a medium-sized mouthwatering podcast! I really like it.

● In the end, if you ask me which one do I like best? I won't hesitate to choose the Language Podcast because it's got many great sections, best of all, it lasts for a little longer! I wonder will it be back?

Rich's picture
Rich
31/05/2018
ES
248
points

Hi Ahmed Adam,

Thanks for this wonderful feedback! It's really useful and we're actually really happy that you like the regular podcast best and yes it will be back soon. We're just taking a bit of a break from that with the new content related to all the football coming up in Russia!

As always you take care with youir post and add lots of fabulous phrases and collocations such as 'inject a bit of humour', 'important to stress', 'not to mention' and 'won't hestitate to choose'.

It's also great to see you experiment with language. I think there is a good chance that 'a medium-sized mouthwatering podcast' is a phrase that has never been used before!

Some things to think about ...

humour ON these podcasts?

and thinking about questions, you could try to rephrase these ...

I wonder will it be back?

... if you aske me which one do I like best?

Thanks again,

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
31/05/2018 15:43
Spain
Liverpool
248

Hi Ahmed Adam,

Thanks for this wonderful feedback! It's really useful and we're actually really happy that you like the regular podcast best and yes it will be back soon. We're just taking a bit of a break from that with the new content related to all the football coming up in Russia!

As always you take care with youir post and add lots of fabulous phrases and collocations such as 'inject a bit of humour', 'important to stress', 'not to mention' and 'won't hestitate to choose'.

It's also great to see you experiment with language. I think there is a good chance that 'a medium-sized mouthwatering podcast' is a phrase that has never been used before!

Some things to think about ...

humour ON these podcasts?

and thinking about questions, you could try to rephrase these ...

I wonder will it be back?

... if you aske me which one do I like best?

Thanks again,

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
31/05/2018
SD
2602
points

Good news regarding the regular pod.

Here in addition to the vocabularies and phrases, we also learn Grammar and pronunciation as well. Now the comment section is the place where we practice writing. Remember you told me to write in paragraphs and since then, I've always enjoyed writing. Hoping for your valuable assistance to continue if that's possible.

Talking about fabulous phrases and collocations, well, that's something I've learned from you guys. Thank you both for that.

You could be right about that phrase!!

Corrections
▶Humour in these pods
▶I wonder if it'll be back?
▶If you ask me which one do you like best?


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
31/05/2018 21:28
Sudan
Liverpool
2602

Good news regarding the regular pod.

Here in addition to the vocabularies and phrases, we also learn Grammar and pronunciation as well. Now the comment section is the place where we practice writing. Remember you told me to write in paragraphs and since then, I've always enjoyed writing. Hoping for your valuable assistance to continue if that's possible.

Talking about fabulous phrases and collocations, well, that's something I've learned from you guys. Thank you both for that.

You could be right about that phrase!!

Corrections
▶Humour in these pods
▶I wonder if it'll be back?
▶If you ask me which one do you like best?

elghoul's picture
elghoul
25/05/2018
DZ
2261
points

'That's gotta be a pen' is new for me as I am not used to popular sayings. 'That would have got a penalty would have been more familiar.

I like the players gesture  we can easily understand when seeing on tv the player hand bending down. It means there is a dive!


elghoul's picture
elghoul
25/05/2018 16:38
Algeria
Arsenal
2261

'That's gotta be a pen' is new for me as I am not used to popular sayings. 'That would have got a penalty would have been more familiar.

I like the players gesture  we can easily understand when seeing on tv the player hand bending down. It means there is a dive!

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Average: 3 (1 vote)

Goals

  • Skills: Listening
  • Language: What to say when a player commits a foul