A New Coach
At the beginning of the story, the whole team are surprised that their new coach is a woman. What problems do you think women can have when involved in football? Have a look at the list of jobs in football in this activity. Are these jobs available to women? What difficulties might women face in these roles?
Grammar - Possible and Impossible Conditionals
At half-time, Luiza is angry with the team and she uses a conditional sentence to tell the team how angry she is. She uses a sentence to describe something that could happen - it is possible. It is sometimes described as the first conditional. We create the first conditional by using: if + present simple and will + infinitive:
"If you don't listen, you won't play for the team again."
After the match, Filipe understands that he didn't listen to Luiza at the beginning of the match and feels bad about this. He uses a sentence to describe something that didn't happen. This is an impossible conditional because it's about something in the past and is sometimes described as the third conditional. We create the third conditional by using: if + past perfect and would + have + past participle:
"If we'd listened at the beginning, we would have won that match."
Have a go at the activity below to practise more of these types of sentence. If you want to know more, check out the Grammar Pages on our Learn English website.
"If we can keep possession, we'll win this one."
"Her tactics were great!"
Have a go at the activity below and see if any of the words or expressions are new for you.