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Coaching

Coaching

How well do you know football vocabulary?

This Football English lesson presents, practises and tests 10 football words that are related to coaching.

  1. ball
  2. drills
  3. fitness
  4. formation
  5. medical
  6. strategy
  7. stretching
  8. tactics
  9. trainer
  10. training

Use the activity in the LEARN section to learn 10 words and phrases used to describe different football words. 

After you have finished with the learning activity, use the QUIZ to see how much you've learned and to score some points. There are also worksheets you can download to help you learn these football words. 

Remember, when you score points, you move up the leaderboard. You can also help your team and your country climb the leaderboard and become Premier Skills English champions!

Good luck!

Learn and practise the words

It's important that coaches choose the right strategy for each match.

Activity: This activity tests your knowledge of the 10 words above. Match the words with the pictures.
Test yourself: Match the words and the pictures

Quiz - How many words have you learnt?

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Yemeni
10/06/2022
YE
264
points

So good


Yemeni
10/06/2022 13:42
Yemen
Manchester City
264

So good

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ramagonzalez
05/06/2021
MY
363
points

Great!


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ramagonzalez
05/06/2021 04:05
Malaysia
Manchester City
363

Great!

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Gabriel Amaral
20/04/2021
BR
1512
points

Unfortunately, I didn't. But I understood my mistakes.


Gabriel Amaral's picture
Gabriel Amaral
20/04/2021 15:02
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

Unfortunately, I didn't. But I understood my mistakes.

marynchukdenys1984's picture
marynchukdenys1984
16/11/2020
UA
272
points

Hello everyone!
One of the many very important lesson for me. Thank a lot


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marynchukdenys1984
16/11/2020 21:01
Ukraine
Liverpool
272

Hello everyone!
One of the many very important lesson for me. Thank a lot

Izabela
22/06/2020
BR
1505
points

Very good!


Izabela
22/06/2020 22:09
Brazil
Newcastle United
1505

Very good!

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mobeckham
03/06/2020
TR
6473
points

Nailed it :)


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mobeckham
03/06/2020 23:05
Turkey
Manchester United
6473

Nailed it :)

hsn's picture
hsn
07/02/2020
TR
5119
points

Hi Jack
I couldn't undestand difference between tactics and strategy. Aren't they same?
Thanks and best regards.Bye.


hsn's picture
hsn
07/02/2020 15:26
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5119

Hi Jack
I couldn't undestand difference between tactics and strategy. Aren't they same?
Thanks and best regards.Bye.

admin's picture
admin
11/02/2020
GB
560
points

Hi Hsn

In most cases, they are the same. If you want to do something difficult, you can come up with a strategy or you could come up with some tactics. Strategy is much more common outside of football and sport. In business, tactics feels less formal than strategy. 

I think that strategy is slightly broader than tactics. So a coach might use pressing as a strategy in a general sense, but use specific on the pitch tactics to do this. I use strategy in my work plans to say how I want to achieve something and a tactic is what I am going to do. However, you will find tactics and strategy used in the same way in most articles about football. 

I hope that clears things up a bit - sorry I can't give you a nice clear definition of both. 

Thanks

Jack - The Premier Skills English team


admin's picture
admin
11/02/2020 10:04
United Kingdom
Arsenal
560

Hi Hsn

In most cases, they are the same. If you want to do something difficult, you can come up with a strategy or you could come up with some tactics. Strategy is much more common outside of football and sport. In business, tactics feels less formal than strategy. 

I think that strategy is slightly broader than tactics. So a coach might use pressing as a strategy in a general sense, but use specific on the pitch tactics to do this. I use strategy in my work plans to say how I want to achieve something and a tactic is what I am going to do. However, you will find tactics and strategy used in the same way in most articles about football. 

I hope that clears things up a bit - sorry I can't give you a nice clear definition of both. 

Thanks

Jack - The Premier Skills English team

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josegsalass
20/10/2019
VE
581
points

more important words to learn


josegsalass's picture
josegsalass
20/10/2019 04:03
Venezuela
Liverpool
581

more important words to learn

josegsalass's picture
josegsalass
19/10/2019
VE
581
points

Very nice activity, more words to learn.


josegsalass's picture
josegsalass
19/10/2019 05:32
Venezuela
Liverpool
581

Very nice activity, more words to learn.

Czarek54321
12/10/2019
PL
314
points

Easy.


Czarek54321
12/10/2019 19:29
Poland
Manchester City
314

Easy.

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victoriadiluca
22/09/2019
AR
71
points

Thank you for this fantastic webside!!!


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victoriadiluca
22/09/2019 15:18
Argentina
Manchester City
71

Thank you for this fantastic webside!!!

FA1RPLAY81
06/03/2019
ES
171
points

easy!!!


FA1RPLAY81
06/03/2019 18:52
Spain
Tottenham Hotspur
171

easy!!!

Gary7
14/01/2019
ES
109
points

I have understood the words of this section, thank you


Gary7
14/01/2019 23:55
Spain
Manchester City
109

I have understood the words of this section, thank you

yessica
07/07/2018
BO
95
points

fantastic


yessica
07/07/2018 02:56
Bolivia
Manchester City
95

fantastic

Maks Poland
26/05/2018
PL
823
points

You have some mistakes in the text: Q.7. It should be players, not player. Q.8. It should be weaknesses not weakness. Q.10 It should be professional not professionals. :)


Maks Poland
26/05/2018 08:17
Poland
Manchester United
823

You have some mistakes in the text: Q.7. It should be players, not player. Q.8. It should be weaknesses not weakness. Q.10 It should be professional not professionals. :)

Maurinho
09/04/2018
CO
153
points

Fantastic!


Maurinho
09/04/2018 21:36
Colombia
Liverpool
153

Fantastic!

misabog's picture
misabog
28/01/2018
RS
319
points

8 from 10.


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misabog
28/01/2018 18:48
Serbia
Liverpool
319

8 from 10.

jmesav92
23/10/2017
CO
297
points

New words: drill and stretching.


jmesav92
23/10/2017 17:00
Colombia
Chelsea
297

New words: drill and stretching.

Mahmoud Rady's picture
Mahmoud Rady
13/08/2017
EG
24
points

Good


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Mahmoud Rady
13/08/2017 14:21
Egypt
Manchester United
24

Good

englishman
16/06/2016
DZ
1734
points

it's good


englishman
16/06/2016 15:29
Algeria
Manchester City
1734

it's good

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
23/05/2016
GH
4768
points

Most teams win matches by following the tactics deployed from their manager


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kwesimanifest
23/05/2016 07:45
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

Most teams win matches by following the tactics deployed from their manager

haydi's picture
haydi
29/02/2016
TN
3189
points

very useful words: 'strategy' and 'tactic' are the words that I mean in a previous comment (about jobs in football), I used methods and plans. please, what's the difference between (formation) and (training) in general use, because 'formation' in french, is the translation of 'training' in english.


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haydi
29/02/2016 00:10
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

very useful words: 'strategy' and 'tactic' are the words that I mean in a previous comment (about jobs in football), I used methods and plans. please, what's the difference between (formation) and (training) in general use, because 'formation' in french, is the translation of 'training' in english.

Rich's picture
Rich
29/02/2016
ES
594
points

In general use, 'formation' is a false friend in French because as you say when it is translated directly it means 'training' but it means something different. Formation is connected to how something is created e.g. ideas or the planets; or can also be used to explain how a group of things or people are arranged like in football or that jet planes fly or soldiers march 'in formation'. 

At work or college you do training to improve your skills, just like a footballer does training when he's not playing.


Rich's picture
Rich
29/02/2016 08:26
Spain
Liverpool
594

In general use, 'formation' is a false friend in French because as you say when it is translated directly it means 'training' but it means something different. Formation is connected to how something is created e.g. ideas or the planets; or can also be used to explain how a group of things or people are arranged like in football or that jet planes fly or soldiers march 'in formation'. 

At work or college you do training to improve your skills, just like a footballer does training when he's not playing.

haydi's picture
haydi
29/02/2016
TN
3189
points

a big thanks Rich, I get. You know, it was not fair for my generation: we began learning English in fourth year of high school, so I learnt it for just 4 years before getting my baccalaureate! Just since few years, the government has changed the education strategy, and pupils begin learning English in elementary school, in third class (just like learning French in my generation), so they learn English 4 years in school and 7 years in high school. Thanks God that I was lucky, to have a first good teacher, who made me love his courses. yes, I'm lucky, comparing to the other graduated from my generation.


haydi's picture
haydi
29/02/2016 12:24
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

a big thanks Rich, I get. You know, it was not fair for my generation: we began learning English in fourth year of high school, so I learnt it for just 4 years before getting my baccalaureate! Just since few years, the government has changed the education strategy, and pupils begin learning English in elementary school, in third class (just like learning French in my generation), so they learn English 4 years in school and 7 years in high school. Thanks God that I was lucky, to have a first good teacher, who made me love his courses. yes, I'm lucky, comparing to the other graduated from my generation.

jinlee's picture
jinlee
13/01/2016
VN
260
points

ohlala


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jinlee
13/01/2016 07:22
Vietnam
Chelsea
260

ohlala

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NghiaBui
12/08/2017
VN
4
points

how can you earn the point ??

tell me please

 


NghiaBui's picture
NghiaBui
12/08/2017 18:23
Vietnam
Manchester City
4

how can you earn the point ??

tell me please

 

Rich's picture
Rich
12/08/2017
ES
594
points

Hi NghiaBui

Thanks for your message. You can collect points by writing comments and completing quizzes on different articles. At the moment we are having a few technical problems with the points for quizzes so you can only earn points for comments. It should be fixed soon!

It's great to have you on our website! I hope you like it!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
12/08/2017 21:42
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi NghiaBui

Thanks for your message. You can collect points by writing comments and completing quizzes on different articles. At the moment we are having a few technical problems with the points for quizzes so you can only earn points for comments. It should be fixed soon!

It's great to have you on our website! I hope you like it!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

tonucatien
04/01/2016
VN
271
points

Thanks for information about the ball. And the vocabulary, too. Now I know the new words: drills, tactic, formation and stretching.


tonucatien
04/01/2016 09:18
Vietnam
Liverpool
271

Thanks for information about the ball. And the vocabulary, too. Now I know the new words: drills, tactic, formation and stretching.

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tokomoney
09/12/2015
GE
352
points

thank you : ))


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tokomoney
09/12/2015 10:05
Georgia
Manchester City
352

thank you : ))

nikosonris
16/11/2015
UA
2453
points

Learned in interesting word 'drills'.


nikosonris
16/11/2015 14:19
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Learned in interesting word 'drills'.

Natka
14/11/2015
RU
279
points

I've known news about a Premier League ball. it is interesting. I've done everything correctly. Thank you.


Natka
14/11/2015 12:52
Russia
Chelsea
279

I've known news about a Premier League ball. it is interesting. I've done everything correctly. Thank you.

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aragorn1986
25/10/2015
ME
3557
points

Everything right!


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aragorn1986
25/10/2015 11:36
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Everything right!

elghoul's picture
elghoul
20/10/2015
DZ
3988
points

Quite easy quiz. I would need help in football rules and refeering.


elghoul's picture
elghoul
20/10/2015 14:59
Algeria
Manchester City
3988

Quite easy quiz. I would need help in football rules and refeering.

Noka's picture
Noka
17/10/2015
AL
250
points

nicee


Noka's picture
Noka
17/10/2015 09:31
Albania
Manchester City
250

nicee

Abdallah
22/09/2015
KW
1814
points

Good quiz


Abdallah
22/09/2015 10:06
Kuwait
Chelsea
1814

Good quiz

hachani mostapha
18/09/2015
DZ
241
points

eight from ten not bat at all


hachani mostapha
18/09/2015 18:47
Algeria
Tottenham Hotspur
241

eight from ten not bat at all

gilbers51
17/09/2015
BR
44
points

Basic words are always necessary


gilbers51
17/09/2015 03:59
Brazil
Chelsea
44

Basic words are always necessary

Toni
11/09/2015
MX
68
points

i did very fine, i learned few new words


Toni
11/09/2015 18:12
Mexico
Manchester United
68

i did very fine, i learned few new words

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Aymenbl_96
15/08/2015
DZ
0
points

Full Marks


Aymenbl_96's picture
Aymenbl_96
15/08/2015 16:38
Algeria
Liverpool
0

Full Marks

Aymenbl_96's picture
Aymenbl_96
15/08/2015
DZ
0
points

It's really exciting to learn more new words here.


Aymenbl_96's picture
Aymenbl_96
15/08/2015 16:33
Algeria
Liverpool
0

It's really exciting to learn more new words here.

mongolia_messi
21/04/2015
MN
0
points

thank you


mongolia_messi
21/04/2015 08:32
Mongolia
Manchester United
0

thank you

mongolia_messi
21/04/2015
MN
0
points

it is really exciting to learn more new words


mongolia_messi
21/04/2015 08:28
Mongolia
Manchester United
0

it is really exciting to learn more new words

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Sofiene
11/03/2015
TN
2
points

10/10


Sofiene's picture
Sofiene
11/03/2015 18:17
Tunisia
Arsenal
2

10/10

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Alkadasi
03/01/2015
YE
0
points

I have used special strategy which enabled me to win ten points. ^_^
strategy , tactics ^_^


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Alkadasi
03/01/2015 11:09
Yemen
Manchester City
0

I have used special strategy which enabled me to win ten points. ^_^
strategy , tactics ^_^

SajidaXI's picture
SajidaXI
27/06/2014
PK
0
points

Full Marks


SajidaXI's picture
SajidaXI
27/06/2014 19:10
Pakistan
Manchester United
0

Full Marks

Anec's picture
Anec
17/06/2014
LK
0
points

Did great, and learned actual meanings of some words.


Anec's picture
Anec
17/06/2014 05:34
Sri Lanka
Chelsea
0

Did great, and learned actual meanings of some words.

Pocoyo's picture
Pocoyo
15/06/2014
MY
0
points

It's really exciting to learn more new words here.


Pocoyo's picture
Pocoyo
15/06/2014 09:12
Malaysia
Manchester United
0

It's really exciting to learn more new words here.

Leaderboard

Top Scorers
RankNameScore
1mobeckham6473
2Alex_from_Ukraine6204
3hsn5119
4wsanta5085
5kwesimanifest4768
6Liubomyr4408
7elghoul3988
8assemjuve3705
9aragorn19863557
10Gergő Nagy3396
Country ranking
RankNameScore
1Colombia69121
2Ukraine34346
3Serbia27100
4Spain26559
5Brazil21717
6Albania20578
7Macedonia19074
8Vietnam18763
9Turkey18391
10Bosnia and Herzegovina16333
Club ranking
RankNameScore
1Manchester United135996
2Liverpool103667
3Chelsea85182
4Arsenal79111
5Manchester City52105
6Tottenham Hotspur17257
7Leicester City13378
8Newcastle United10108
9Leeds United7875
10West Ham United6986

Level

2
Average: 2 (1 vote)

Goals

Complete these activities and you will:

Learn and practise 10 words related to coaching a football team. 

Glossary

Tricky spelling:

It's 'fitness' NOT 'fitnes'! There is a double 's'.