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Learning Vocabulary: Basic Football English

Learning Vocabulary: Basic Football English

In this extra Premier Skills English Podcast, Jack is on his way to meet Rich at a local football match and they take a look at some basic football English. Enjoy!

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Rich: Hello and welcome to Premier Skills English. This podcast is going to be a bit different because I’m at a local football match and I’m waiting for Jack to arrive. We’re going to look at some simple football English. But first, we need to find out where Jack is. I’ll give him a call.

Jack: Hi Rich

Rich: Hey Jack. What’s keeping you? 

Jack: I know. I know. I’m on my way.

Rich: The match kicked off five minutes ago.

Jack: Yeah - I’m running late; er... um... the weather’s terrible.

Rich: That’s weird. It’s warm and sunny here.

Jack: No, sorry. I mean it’s the traffic. The traffic is really awful.

Rich: Really? We didn’t have any problems. Hold on. We’ve got a corner. Unlucky!

Jack: Did we score?

Rich: No. We hit the post. Where are you?

Jack: Not far. I’ll be about five minutes. I’m on the ring road. 

Rich: The ring road? That’s the long way round. Wait a sec. Referee!!

Jack: What happened?

Rich: We should have had a penalty. It was an awful tackle. Nothing given. You’re going to miss most of the first half. It’s a good game.

Jack: No, I’m not. I’m nearly there. I’m pulling into the car park now.

Rich: Oh!!! So close. Just over the bar.

Jack: I’m getting out of the car now.

Rich: Car park? We parked on the street. Get in! Goal!!! That was a fantastic free-kick. Right in the top corner.

Jack: I’m coming. I didn’t hear much cheering. I know it’s local football but …

Rich: There’s a couple of hundred of us. We’re behind the goal near the shops.

Jack: There aren’t many people around. Shops? There aren’t any shops. I’m here ‘LUDLOW FOOTBALL STADIUM’. Ther’s only one team in Ludlow, right?

Rich: Yes but we’re not at home Jack! You need to get back in the car. We’re away from home!

Jack: Oh come on! 

...

Jack: Ah well! I don’t have enough time to see the second half. I'll try to get to the home match next week. Are you still there, Rich? Oh, he seems to have gone.

Jack: Shall we have a look at some of the words and phrases we used while we were speaking? Let’s look at some words connected to football. It’s the first time I’ve used my car as a classroom so we’re going to keep this simple. 

Jack: Let’s look at four common words we use to talk about a football match. The first is to kick off. This means to start a match. Manchester Utd kicked off in the first half, City kicked off in the second half.

Jack: It’s also used as a noun. We often say things like; What time is kick-off? Or like Rich said ‘Hurry up or you’re going to miss the kick-off!’

Jack: It sounded like I missed a good game and our team had a lot of chances to score a goal. One chance hit the post and another chance went over the bar. 

Jack: Each goal has two posts and a bar. The posts stand up vertically and the bar or crossbar connects the two posts horizontally. We can say a shot hit the post or hit the bar or maybe it goes over the bar or wide of the post.

Jack: The other word I want to look at is ‘tackle’. Like ‘kick-off ‘tackle’ can be a noun or a verb. A tackle is when one player challenges another player to try to get the ball. A good tackle is when you get the ball from the other player but a bad tackle is when you don’t get the ball or you foul the other player.

Jack: Right, that’s all I’ve got time for now. I need to get home. If there is anything you’d like to know about this video or football vocabulary, write a comment below and take a look at the Premier Skills English website.

Jack: Bye for now and enjoy your football!

Language

Basic Football English

In the listening, Rich and Jack used some basic football English. Take a look at these sentences from the podcast. Do you understand the words in bold?

Rich: The match kicked off five minutes ago.

Jack: Did we score?

Rich: No. We hit the post. Where are you?

Rich is waiting for Jack at a local football match.

Jack: What happened?

Rich: We should have had a penalty. It was an awful tackle. Nothing given.

Rich: Oh!!! So close. Just over the bar.

Task

Football English

Can you see the posts and the crossbar in this image?

Did you understand the dialogue? Choose some of the vocabulary and write a mini-dialogue or football commentary.

  1. Kick off
  2. Hit the post
  3. Tackle
  4. Penalty
  5. Over the bar

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

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Comments

Kurlash's picture
Kurlash
23/09/2019
IT
159
points

Yes, I can see them.


Kurlash's picture
Kurlash
23/09/2019 11:24
Italy
Liverpool
159

Yes, I can see them.

yacine's picture
yacine
19/09/2019
DZ
196
points

i don't get the point !


yacine's picture
yacine
19/09/2019 14:08
Algeria
Manchester United
196

i don't get the point !

englishman
14/09/2019
DZ
1727
points

yes


englishman
14/09/2019 21:44
Algeria
Manchester City
1727

yes

ldzingirai's picture
ldzingirai
14/09/2019
ZW
1594
points

The Premier League weekend kick-off times are fantastic. Saturday is often a busy day with three kickoffs: early, mid and late. I usually watch the mid-afternoon fixture as most teams play, and Goal Rush helps me to see the other matches while I am glued to my favourite team. Big fixtures like derbies and top six or bottom four encounters draw large crowds and are not to be missed.

While we enjoy breathing taking pictures on the screen, brilliant goals and saves, woodworks and nutmegs or criticizes officials and VAR for disallowing goals and making other 'silly' decisions, there is another side of football that make us sick: unfair play. Some players still tackle others violently injuring them on the way. Serious injuries threaten player's carrier, result in loss of game time and in rare cases deformity. Think of the individual who goes through excruciating pain, the fans who have to go without their star, and the disadvantage teams experience. Cards and financial penalties may not be enough to erase bad challenges in our memories.

Sometimes we struggle with coaches who can't see eye to eye on the touchline. What about managers who make big scenes who invades others' territories. Isn't that declaration of 'football war'? This intense atmosphere that we endure for 90 minutes may have far reaching effects to die hard football fans who may end up re-creating the scenes.

Lastly, there are players who shove and push others off the ball. Set pieces at times brings out this drama. There is really no ball. Why touching? Why rubbing shoulders? Why head-butting?

Football is a story.


ldzingirai's picture
ldzingirai
14/09/2019 14:48
Zimbabwe
Chelsea
1594

The Premier League weekend kick-off times are fantastic. Saturday is often a busy day with three kickoffs: early, mid and late. I usually watch the mid-afternoon fixture as most teams play, and Goal Rush helps me to see the other matches while I am glued to my favourite team. Big fixtures like derbies and top six or bottom four encounters draw large crowds and are not to be missed.

While we enjoy breathing taking pictures on the screen, brilliant goals and saves, woodworks and nutmegs or criticizes officials and VAR for disallowing goals and making other 'silly' decisions, there is another side of football that make us sick: unfair play. Some players still tackle others violently injuring them on the way. Serious injuries threaten player's carrier, result in loss of game time and in rare cases deformity. Think of the individual who goes through excruciating pain, the fans who have to go without their star, and the disadvantage teams experience. Cards and financial penalties may not be enough to erase bad challenges in our memories.

Sometimes we struggle with coaches who can't see eye to eye on the touchline. What about managers who make big scenes who invades others' territories. Isn't that declaration of 'football war'? This intense atmosphere that we endure for 90 minutes may have far reaching effects to die hard football fans who may end up re-creating the scenes.

Lastly, there are players who shove and push others off the ball. Set pieces at times brings out this drama. There is really no ball. Why touching? Why rubbing shoulders? Why head-butting?

Football is a story.

elghoul's picture
elghoul
13/09/2019
DZ
3368
points

I needed to read part of the transcript for understanding some aspect of the dialogue.

Five minutes after the kick-off the stricker got the ball just outside the ball. He managed to control it but a defender tackled the ball from the back that why the referee whistled for a free-kick. With his right the forwarder put it through the bar freeing the fan's cheers.


elghoul's picture
elghoul
13/09/2019 16:20
Algeria
Manchester City
3368

I needed to read part of the transcript for understanding some aspect of the dialogue.

Five minutes after the kick-off the stricker got the ball just outside the ball. He managed to control it but a defender tackled the ball from the back that why the referee whistled for a free-kick. With his right the forwarder put it through the bar freeing the fan's cheers.

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