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Football Shout-out: Set-Pieces

Football Shout-out: Set-Pieces

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 some words and phrases that fans use when your team has a set-piece such as a corner or a free-kick. Do you know what 'to play it short' means?

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 latest Football Shout-out where we talk about the English you need when you’re watching football.

Jack: If you listened to our last lesson, you will remember this:

Jack: Oh no! That was shocking defending. I can’t believe. We’ve let that one in.

RIch: The goalkeeper had no chance. The shot was too good.

Jack: But … the defending … shocking. Where was the defence?

Rich: I don’t know. We don’t deserve to be 1-0 down. No way. We’ve been the better team - we can still get back into this.

Jack: We always freeze on the big occasion. Look! The board is going up. Two minutes? There’s got to be at least 5 minutes extra!

Rich: Two minutes? You’ve got to be joking. Come on. We just need one more chance.

Jack: The final whistle. Rubbish!

...

Rich: You know … the best team won.

Jack: You’re joking, right? We were robbed!

Rich: It’s only a game. We’ll win next week.

Jack: Did you just say it’s only a game?

Rich: Err .. no?

Rich: Our last lesson was all about what we shout when your team is losing or loses a match. 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 phrases and words we use after a defeat.

Jack: This lesson is all about what we say when there is a set-piece.

Rich: What’s a set piece?

Jack: You know … corners, free-kicks, penalties, throw-ins. When the ball is dead.

Rich: When the ball is dead??

Jack: Not in play.

Rich: Got it. Listen to this:

Jack: Another long throw coming up. They’re just going to launch it again. 

Rich: It’s all they do. That’s it. Get it out! Clear it!

Jack: Nice. Down the line. Pass it. Go on go past him.

Rich: Corner.

Jack: Get it swung in. Ahh! They’ve played it short again. Pass it. That’s it. Penalty!!

Rich: Outside the box. Free-kick.

Jack: We never score free kicks come on. He’s never going to get it over the wall.

Rich: Top corner this. You watch. Crossbar! How unlucky!

Jack: Penalty! Handball!

Rich: Which way is going to put it?

Jack: Down the middle, I reckon.

Rich: Goal. He got a hand to it but he was never going to stop that one.

Jack: A set-piece is either a throw-in, a corner,  a free-kick or a penalty. When there is a set-piece there is a break in play we are often say something when there is one.

Rich: Let’s look at each set-piece and the phrases that fans often say. Let’s start with the throw-in. This set-piece, in most parts of the pitch, is just a way to get the ball back into play.

Jack: But when the throw-in is in the attacking third of the pitch it can be used to create a chance to score.

Rich: This is the long throw when a player will throw the ball directly into the penalty area from the touchline.

Jack: Some players can throw it longer than I can kick it!

Rich: You might hear fans, especially near the end of a game, saying ‘launch it’ or ‘get it in the box’. This means they are telling the player to do a long throw.

Jack: The next set-piece is a corner. The phrases are similar to a throw in because you can take a short corner or cross the ball directly into the box.

Rich: Fans sometimes get tired of short corner routines and might shout ‘swing it in’ which means they want the ball to go directly into the penalty area.

Jack: The next set-piece is a free-kick. Like throw-ins, free-kicks, in most parts of the pitch, are just a way to get the ball back into play.

Rich: But when a free-kick is in the attacking third of the pitch it can be used to create a chance to score or to shoot directly at goal.

Jack: Fans often discuss whether a player is going to shoot or cross the ball. Is the player going to try to put the ball around or over the defensive wall is another common discussion.

Rich: ‘He’s not going to shoot from there’ and ‘It’s too far out for a shot’ are common things fans say if we think the player is unlikely to shoot.

Jack: Our final set-piece is the penalty. Fans usually discuss which direction the player will shoot: down the middle, bottom or top corner.

Rich: After a goal, we might say something like ‘he gave the goalkeeper no chance’ or ‘the keeper dived the right way’ if it was a good penalty or maybe ‘keeper got a hand to it’ if it wasn’t so good but the player still scored.

Jack: 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?

Jack: Another long throw coming up. They’re just going to launch it again. 

Rich: It’s all they do. That’s it. Get it out! Clear it!

Jack: Nice. Down the line. Pass it. Go on go past him.

Rich: Corner.

Jack: Get it swung in. Ahh! They’ve played it short again. Pass it. That’s it. Penalty!!

Rich: Outside the box. Free-kick.

Jack: We never score free kicks come on. He’s never going to get it over the wall.

Rich: Top corner this. You watch. Crossbar! How unlucky!

Jack: Penalty! Handball!

Rich: Which way is going to put it?

Jack: Down the middle, I reckon.

Rich: Goal. He got a hand to it but he was never going to stop that one.

Jack: So, there are a few expressions you can use when a player is taking a set piece. 

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 final football shout-out lesson, which will be about phrases football fans use after a match.

Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football.

Language

Set-pieces

In this lesson, Jack and Rich used lots of phrases connected to set-pieces. A set-piece is the action of putting the ball back into play when the ball is dead (out of play). Set pieces include:

  • corners
  • free-kicks
  • goal kicks
  • throw-ins
  • penalties

A set piece gives a team the opportunity to use pre-prepared routines that players have practised at training. When we say that a team is good at set pieces we are usually talking about corners and free-kicks in the attacking part of the pitch. We also often hear people saying that a team is good or bad at defending set pieces.

Do you know a team that is good at set pieces or bad at defending set pieces?

The top corner is a good place to put a penalty!

Corners and Throw-ins

Corners and throw-ins are common set pieces and often result in goals being scored and chances being created. In the roleplay, Jack and Rich used phrases connected to both of these set pieces. Take a look at these examples:

Another long throw. They're just going to launch it.

Get it swung in. Ah! They've played it short again.

When a team has a corner or a throw-in there are two main options, you can play the ball short or play it long. Most teams have a player that has a long-throw and it can be a very dangerous weapon on the pitch. It's a direct style of play and is often used near the end of a match if a team is losing. The phrase 'to launch it' means to throw the ball directly into the penalty area. 'To swing the ball in' is a similar phrase used for corners. The other option is to play the ball short; this is usually done to change the angle of the cross that comes into the penalty area.

Do you know any other phrases you could use that are connected to throw-ins or corners?

Free-kicks and Penalties

Free-kicks and penalties are two other set pieces which often result in goals being scored. In the roleplay, Jack and Rich used phrases connected to both of these set pieces. Take a look at these examples:

He's never going to get it over the wall.

Which way is he ging to put it?

Straight down the middle.

When a team has a free-kick, the discussion is often about whether the player will cross the ball into the penalty area or shoot directly at goal. You could say 'he's going to shoot here' or a more difficult phrase is 'this is within range' which means it's possible to score from here. The (defensive) wall is made up of defenders who are trying to block a shot. A striker might try to put the ball over the wall or put it around or even under the wall hoping that the defenders will jump. When a player has a penalty, fans talk about which area of the goal the player will aim for. You might hear phrases such as 'bottom corner', 'top corner', or 'straight down the middle'.

Do you know any other phrases you could use that are connected to free-kicks or penalties?

A free-kick is an example of a set piece.

Task

Football Commentary

Choose one of the situations below and write a short piece of football commentary (a script) that describes a goal being scored.

  1. Your team has a throw-in in the attacking half of the pitch.
  2. Your team has a corner in the 90th-minute.
  3. Your team have a free-kick just outside the penalty area.

Write your answers in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Try to use some of the language that we used in this podcast.

The answers to the quiz below are all words that Rich and Jack used in the roleplay. Can you remember what they said?

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What do you think?

Were any of these phrases new for you?

Can you tell us any other phrases that are connected to set pieces (corners, free-kicks, throw-ins and penalties)? 

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

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Comments

acicala's picture
acicala
16/07/2018
ES
824
points

A corner. It's our last chance. What? We always play them long and now, then the time is up, we play it short. Cross the ball! Wait! Handball! That's a penalty!
I reckon he's going to get it top corner. Goal! He hit the ball perfectly. The goalkeeper had no chance.


acicala's picture
acicala
16/07/2018 22:09
Spain
Chelsea
824

A corner. It's our last chance. What? We always play them long and now, then the time is up, we play it short. Cross the ball! Wait! Handball! That's a penalty!
I reckon he's going to get it top corner. Goal! He hit the ball perfectly. The goalkeeper had no chance.

mariasilvia21
16/07/2018
BO
303
points

All the phrases were new for me, thanks!


mariasilvia21
16/07/2018 03:22
Bolivia
Chelsea
303

All the phrases were new for me, thanks!

Edu1603
16/07/2018
BO
612
points

All of these phrases were new for me.
No, I can't. Sorry


Edu1603
16/07/2018 03:20
Bolivia
Chelsea
612

All of these phrases were new for me.
No, I can't. Sorry

mariasilvia21
16/07/2018
BO
303
points

All the phrases were new, thanks!


mariasilvia21
16/07/2018 03:19
Bolivia
Chelsea
303

All the phrases were new, thanks!

MariamRA
16/07/2018
BO
590
points

These phrases were really interesting.


MariamRA
16/07/2018 00:54
Bolivia
Manchester United
590

These phrases were really interesting.

Belensaa
15/07/2018
BO
702
points

Yes, they were.


Belensaa
15/07/2018 23:33
Bolivia
Manchester City
702

Yes, they were.

gabriel99salvatierra
15/07/2018
BO
288
points

1. some phrase are not new for me
2. i dont know


gabriel99salvatierra
15/07/2018 21:53
Bolivia
Everton
288

1. some phrase are not new for me
2. i dont know

CarlaC18
15/07/2018
BO
554
points

All the phrases were new to me.


CarlaC18
15/07/2018 03:47
Bolivia
Chelsea
554

All the phrases were new to me.

Bambimey
15/07/2018
BO
515
points

no i didn`t know. so thanks for the new worlds


Bambimey
15/07/2018 00:55
Bolivia
Chelsea
515

no i didn`t know. so thanks for the new worlds

Ashly
14/07/2018
BO
616
points

If these phrases were new for me
I do not know any phrase


Ashly
14/07/2018 19:41
Bolivia
Swansea City
616

If these phrases were new for me
I do not know any phrase

Paola GV
13/07/2018
BO
-1965
points

Yes, these phrases were new for me.
I don't know any phrase, sorry.


Paola GV
13/07/2018 04:28
Bolivia
Chelsea
-1965

Yes, these phrases were new for me.
I don't know any phrase, sorry.

Josias Guanoluisa's picture
Josias Guanoluisa
13/07/2018
EC
501
points

All the phrases were new to me.
I do not know any other phrase. I'm sorry, but I do not know much about soccer, but thanks to you I'm learning

I chose the option number 3:
- Come on, come on, pass it..penalty !!
- No, it's just outside the penalty area.
- Aahh !! .. no problem, Cristiano Ronaldo always puts goal in free-kicks
- Hmmm.. if you say it.
- Goal!!.. I told you


Josias Guanoluisa's picture
Josias Guanoluisa
13/07/2018 00:28
Ecuador
Manchester United
501

All the phrases were new to me.
I do not know any other phrase. I'm sorry, but I do not know much about soccer, but thanks to you I'm learning

I chose the option number 3:
- Come on, come on, pass it..penalty !!
- No, it's just outside the penalty area.
- Aahh !! .. no problem, Cristiano Ronaldo always puts goal in free-kicks
- Hmmm.. if you say it.
- Goal!!.. I told you

Josias Guanoluisa's picture
Josias Guanoluisa
13/07/2018
EC
501
points

All the phrases were new to me.
I do not know any other phrase. I'm sorry, but I do not know much about soccer, but thanks to you I'm learning

I chose the option number 3:
- Come on, come on, pass it..penalty !!
- No, it's just outside the penalty area.
- Aahh !! .. no problem, Cristiano Ronaldo always puts goal in free-kicks
- Hmmm.. if you say it.
- Goal!!.. I told you


Josias Guanoluisa's picture
Josias Guanoluisa
13/07/2018 00:28
Ecuador
Manchester United
501

All the phrases were new to me.
I do not know any other phrase. I'm sorry, but I do not know much about soccer, but thanks to you I'm learning

I chose the option number 3:
- Come on, come on, pass it..penalty !!
- No, it's just outside the penalty area.
- Aahh !! .. no problem, Cristiano Ronaldo always puts goal in free-kicks
- Hmmm.. if you say it.
- Goal!!.. I told you

sofipedraza3's picture
sofipedraza3
12/07/2018
BO
451
points

This is the last action of the game is a free-kick, the midfielder is going to take the ball, All is ready, Goal! what a shot he put the ball in the right top corner, the ball went over the wall, the keeper had no chance


sofipedraza3's picture
sofipedraza3
12/07/2018 19:53
Bolivia
Manchester United
451

This is the last action of the game is a free-kick, the midfielder is going to take the ball, All is ready, Goal! what a shot he put the ball in the right top corner, the ball went over the wall, the keeper had no chance

elghoul's picture
elghoul
12/07/2018
DZ
2804
points

It is a corner for us just before the extras. Don't play it short again. The kicker swung the ball in thr box and the came our forward with a beautiful header put the ball inside the goal.


elghoul's picture
elghoul
12/07/2018 19:26
Algeria
Arsenal
2804

It is a corner for us just before the extras. Don't play it short again. The kicker swung the ball in thr box and the came our forward with a beautiful header put the ball inside the goal.

jafetkevinbarra
12/07/2018
BO
501
points

yes, It was for me.


jafetkevinbarra
12/07/2018 07:17
Bolivia
Manchester United
501

yes, It was for me.

Richard J
11/07/2018
EC
524
points

This is the last action of the game is a free-kick, the midfielder is going to take the ball, All is ready, Goal! what a shot he put the ball in the right top corner, the ball went over the wall, the keeper had no chance.


Richard J
11/07/2018 23:21
Ecuador
Liverpool
524

This is the last action of the game is a free-kick, the midfielder is going to take the ball, All is ready, Goal! what a shot he put the ball in the right top corner, the ball went over the wall, the keeper had no chance.

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Skills: Listening

Football English: Set-pieces