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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

If the listening was difficult, you can read the transcript and listen at the same time.
Read the transcript and listen at the same time.

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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Isabellaardi
26/09/2018
CO
561
points

yes,there are some phrases .

get in
come on
fifty fifty

Your team has a corner in the 90th-minute.

come the player its in the area thae want to score a goal and ohhh how do you hit this ball is goooolll


Isabellaardi
26/09/2018 18:46
Colombia
Manchester United
561

yes,there are some phrases .

get in
come on
fifty fifty

Your team has a corner in the 90th-minute.

come the player its in the area thae want to score a goal and ohhh how do you hit this ball is goooolll

juandiegolasso
03/09/2018
CO
256
points

Yes, the most of the phrases were new for me. No, I don't know any other phrases.


juandiegolasso
03/09/2018 03:00
Colombia
Tottenham Hotspur
256

Yes, the most of the phrases were new for me. No, I don't know any other phrases.

MariaJoChaux
01/09/2018
CO
534
points

Yes, many of these phrases are new to me.
Trow it to the penalty area and it is what god wants or the taller player go to score goal.


MariaJoChaux
01/09/2018 17:32
Colombia
Arsenal
534

Yes, many of these phrases are new to me.
Trow it to the penalty area and it is what god wants or the taller player go to score goal.

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MajoRPuentes
13/08/2018
CO
672
points

1. They must think what they are doing
2. Throw it to the penalty area and it's what god wants or the taller player go to score the goal
3. Let it to the better or I don't know how I would answer


MajoRPuentes's picture
MajoRPuentes
13/08/2018 01:34
Colombia
Manchester United
672

1. They must think what they are doing
2. Throw it to the penalty area and it's what god wants or the taller player go to score the goal
3. Let it to the better or I don't know how I would answer

MairaPulzara1
11/08/2018
CO
644
points

There are quite a few new words


MairaPulzara1
11/08/2018 04:47
Colombia
Arsenal
644

There are quite a few new words

Lolabrito
11/08/2018
CO
695
points

1. Some of the phrases were new to me.
Task:
-Another long throw. They're just going to launch it.
-Get it swung in.
-Ah! They've played it short again.


Lolabrito
11/08/2018 04:30
Colombia
Liverpool
695

1. Some of the phrases were new to me.
Task:
-Another long throw. They're just going to launch it.
-Get it swung in.
-Ah! They've played it short again.

Oscarordoñez_
11/08/2018
CO
512
points

WHAT DO YOU THINK?
1. Some phrases were new to me
2. I do not have phrases like that really


Oscarordoñez_
11/08/2018 01:49
Colombia
Manchester United
512

WHAT DO YOU THINK?
1. Some phrases were new to me
2. I do not have phrases like that really

LauraPaladinezP
11/08/2018
CO
829
points

- Yes, the most of the phrases were new for me.
- No, I don't know any other phrases.


LauraPaladinezP
11/08/2018 00:36
Colombia
Liverpool
829

- Yes, the most of the phrases were new for me.
- No, I don't know any other phrases.

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PaulaRomero
10/08/2018
CO
471
points

There were no new phrases.


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PaulaRomero
10/08/2018 05:30
Colombia
Liverpool
471

There were no new phrases.

MelissaM
10/08/2018
CO
796
points

WHAT DO YOU THINK?
-Yes, a lot of these phrases are new to me.
-yes, but at this time it does not say what.


MelissaM
10/08/2018 04:59
Colombia
Manchester United
796

WHAT DO YOU THINK?
-Yes, a lot of these phrases are new to me.
-yes, but at this time it does not say what.

SophCastroA
10/08/2018
CO
693
points

Some of this phrases was new for me.


SophCastroA
10/08/2018 03:42
Colombia
Wolverhampton Wanderers
693

Some of this phrases was new for me.

jFallaT15
10/08/2018
CO
732
points

So, the great majority.
Missing in the area and the referee does not charge gentlemen!


jFallaT15
10/08/2018 03:23
Colombia
Arsenal
732

So, the great majority.
Missing in the area and the referee does not charge gentlemen!

Geraldine Pedraza
10/08/2018
CO
513
points

excellent test


Geraldine Pedraza
10/08/2018 02:57
Colombia
Manchester City
513

excellent test

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Julián Ernesto ...
09/08/2018
CO
761
points

Just a few.


Julián Ernesto Castro Renza's picture
Julián Ernesto ...
09/08/2018 23:47
Colombia
Chelsea
761

Just a few.

GermanTrujillo
09/08/2018
CO
462
points

No new phrases for me.


GermanTrujillo
09/08/2018 04:08
Colombia
Newcastle United
462

No new phrases for me.

Santiago Rivera
09/08/2018
CO
754
points

1. Some of the phrases were new to me.

Task:
-Another long throw. They're just going to launch it.
-Straight down the middle.


Santiago Rivera
09/08/2018 02:27
Colombia
Liverpool
754

1. Some of the phrases were new to me.

Task:
-Another long throw. They're just going to launch it.
-Straight down the middle.

ValentinaSanchez_19
09/08/2018
CO
310
points

good test


ValentinaSanchez_19
09/08/2018 02:16
Colombia
Chelsea
310

good test

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karen mejia
09/08/2018
CO
619
points

I did not know those expressions, and I have no idea about others.


karen mejia's picture
karen mejia
09/08/2018 01:31
Colombia
Manchester City
619

I did not know those expressions, and I have no idea about others.

sayase's picture
sayase
09/08/2018
CO
687
points

All this phrases were new for me.


sayase's picture
sayase
09/08/2018 00:28
Colombia
Manchester United
687

All this phrases were new for me.

natafonseca
08/08/2018
CO
732
points

What a good course, from my part almost all the phrases I did not know.


natafonseca
08/08/2018 04:42
Colombia
Manchester United
732

What a good course, from my part almost all the phrases I did not know.

Salomon Sanchez's picture
Salomon Sanchez
07/08/2018
CO
654
points

Is hard this


Salomon Sanchez's picture
Salomon Sanchez
07/08/2018 22:09
Colombia
Liverpool
654

Is hard this

Luisafernandabolaños
07/08/2018
CO
622
points

-If some are new to me like this Get it swung in.
-A phrase What could you say can be: Come on you can.


Luisafernandabolaños
07/08/2018 19:54
Colombia
Manchester United
622

-If some are new to me like this Get it swung in.
-A phrase What could you say can be: Come on you can.

peter14167
07/08/2018
CO
594
points

It was very interesting I learned a lot.


peter14167
07/08/2018 05:19
Colombia
Chelsea
594

It was very interesting I learned a lot.

Santiago GallegoCruz
07/08/2018
CO
268
points

good test


Santiago GallegoCruz
07/08/2018 04:48
Colombia
Manchester City
268

good test

Felipegallegocruz07
07/08/2018
CO
352
points

It was very interesting I learned a lot.


Felipegallegocruz07
07/08/2018 03:46
Colombia
Manchester United
352

It was very interesting I learned a lot.

FabiaCa.Ma's picture
FabiaCa.Ma
07/08/2018
CO
533
points

I like


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FabiaCa.Ma
07/08/2018 03:34
Colombia
Arsenal
533

I like

Valenlaverde
07/08/2018
CO
741
points

good quiz


Valenlaverde
07/08/2018 03:28
Colombia
Stoke City
741

good quiz

Checho
07/08/2018
CO
641
points

very good lesson


Checho
07/08/2018 03:13
Colombia
Manchester City
641

very good lesson

Checho
07/08/2018
CO
641
points

very good section


Checho
07/08/2018 03:07
Colombia
Manchester City
641

very good section

MariCortes25
07/08/2018
CO
375
points

good quiz


MariCortes25
07/08/2018 02:32
Colombia
Arsenal
375

good quiz

Maria Del Mar Ortiz
07/08/2018
CO
348
points

super interesting information


Maria Del Mar Ortiz
07/08/2018 01:59
Colombia
Manchester City
348

super interesting information

SofiaTriana's picture
SofiaTriana
07/08/2018
CO
778
points

Many of the phrases explained knew them but I was not sure what they meant.


SofiaTriana's picture
SofiaTriana
07/08/2018 01:53
Colombia
Chelsea
778

Many of the phrases explained knew them but I was not sure what they meant.

Juaneduardocastro
07/08/2018
CO
442
points

good quiz


Juaneduardocastro
07/08/2018 01:41
Colombia
Chelsea
442

good quiz

edna.fernan.artu789
07/08/2018
CO
636
points

Good quiz


edna.fernan.artu789
07/08/2018 00:12
Colombia
Arsenal
636

Good quiz

Manuel Sierra
06/08/2018
CO
343
points

1. They must think what they are doing
2. Throw it to the penalty area and it's what god wants or the taller player go to score the goal
3. Let it to the better or I don't know how I would answer


Manuel Sierra
06/08/2018 07:05
Colombia
Manchester City
343

1. They must think what they are doing
2. Throw it to the penalty area and it's what god wants or the taller player go to score the goal
3. Let it to the better or I don't know how I would answer

Isabella Duarte
06/08/2018
CO
624
points

I learned too many sentences and vocabulary


Isabella Duarte
06/08/2018 04:13
Colombia
Chelsea
624

I learned too many sentences and vocabulary

valentinaburgosh
06/08/2018
CO
567
points

good test


valentinaburgosh
06/08/2018 02:42
Colombia
Manchester United
567

good test

catalina2002
06/08/2018
CO
725
points

It was very interesting


catalina2002
06/08/2018 02:01
Colombia
Manchester United
725

It was very interesting

Luis Miguel Rojas
06/08/2018
CO
362
points

Good quiz


Luis Miguel Rojas
06/08/2018 01:59
Colombia
Chelsea
362

Good quiz

Miguel07garcia
06/08/2018
CO
571
points

It was very interesting I learned a lot.


Miguel07garcia
06/08/2018 01:06
Colombia
Arsenal
571

It was very interesting I learned a lot.

FabioOrdoñez312
05/08/2018
CO
439
points

It was a somewhat difficult test,but he showed me this test a lot.


FabioOrdoñez312
05/08/2018 20:23
Colombia
Manchester United
439

It was a somewhat difficult test,but he showed me this test a lot.

PresentStudent
05/08/2018
CO
635
points

Hello.
I don't understand well the last phrase in the test.
No, I can't.


PresentStudent
05/08/2018 18:45
Colombia
Chelsea
635

Hello.
I don't understand well the last phrase in the test.
No, I can't.

Sebastian Triviño Medina's picture
Sebastian Trivi...
05/08/2018
CO
995
points

All the phrases are new for me


Sebastian Triviño Medina's picture
Sebastian Trivi...
05/08/2018 18:35
Colombia
Manchester United
995

All the phrases are new for me

diegohurtadoh's picture
diegohurtadoh
05/08/2018
CO
796
points

All these fraces were new to me.


diegohurtadoh's picture
diegohurtadoh
05/08/2018 18:28
Colombia
Chelsea
796

All these fraces were new to me.

ZuelimaÑañezN
05/08/2018
CO
687
points

There were a few words new to me


ZuelimaÑañezN
05/08/2018 16:49
Colombia
Crystal Palace
687

There were a few words new to me

danabrigitte's picture
danabrigitte
05/08/2018
CO
707
points

All the phrases are new for me


danabrigitte's picture
danabrigitte
05/08/2018 15:13
Colombia
Manchester United
707

All the phrases are new for me

Sierra22
05/08/2018
CO
302
points

Good


Sierra22
05/08/2018 04:54
Colombia
Manchester City
302

Good

Majoescobar23
05/08/2018
CO
430
points

It was very interesting I learned a lot.


Majoescobar23
05/08/2018 04:29
Colombia
Chelsea
430

It was very interesting I learned a lot.

Valentina Calderon
05/08/2018
CO
881
points

Some were new others I already knew.


Valentina Calderon
05/08/2018 04:21
Colombia
Manchester City
881

Some were new others I already knew.

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LauraFajardo29
05/08/2018
CO
48
points

The most of the phrases were new for me.


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LauraFajardo29
05/08/2018 02:13
Colombia
Manchester City
48

The most of the phrases were new for me.

Level

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

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Skills: Listening

Football English: Set-pieces