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The Game

How well do you know football vocabulary?

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

  1. advantage
  2. defensive wall
  3. equaliser
  4. header
  5. in play
  6. open goal
  7. out of play
  8. own goal
  9. penalty shootout
  10. possession

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


A player hitting a free-kick over a defensive wall.

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?

Quiz

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Teacher John's picture
Teacher John
16/08/2021
NP
41
points

options should be 4 to make harder. anyway , I enjoyed it.


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Teacher John
16/08/2021 08:13
Nepal
Liverpool
41

options should be 4 to make harder. anyway , I enjoyed it.

Rich's picture
Rich
16/08/2021
ES
594
points

Thanks for your feedback, John. We're happy that you enjoyed the topic and we will think about making the questions more difficult in the future.

If you want to try some football language that is a bit more challenging you could try Premier Vocabulary. The hard lessons are quite difficult. Here's a link:

https://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/words/premier-vocabulary

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
16/08/2021 08:31
Spain
Liverpool
594

Thanks for your feedback, John. We're happy that you enjoyed the topic and we will think about making the questions more difficult in the future.

If you want to try some football language that is a bit more challenging you could try Premier Vocabulary. The hard lessons are quite difficult. Here's a link:

https://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/words/premier-vocabulary

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

hodhod
23/07/2021
EG
21
points

interesting


hodhod
23/07/2021 19:15
Egypt
Manchester United
21

interesting

Sébastien
20/07/2021
CH
118
points

Interesting and easy


Sébastien
20/07/2021 15:54
Switzerland
Manchester City
118

Interesting and easy

Lilo 0410
07/06/2021
BR
89
points

Just for one haha


Lilo 0410
07/06/2021 19:33
Brazil
Manchester United
89

Just for one haha

Paulinho
21/05/2021
BR
21
points

hi


Paulinho
21/05/2021 22:55
Brazil
Arsenal
21

hi

miguelmotti
21/05/2021
BR
172
points

THANKS JACK, I LOVE YOU.


miguelmotti
21/05/2021 19:13
Brazil
Manchester United
172

THANKS JACK, I LOVE YOU.

wilson2103
24/04/2021
CO
127
points

I've just seen this Tweet:

GOAL West Ham 0-1 Chelsea (43 mins)

Timo Werner coolly slots in from Ben Chilwell's cross to put the Blues in front just before the break

Would you mind telling me what does "coolly slots" mean in this context?

Thanks in advance


wilson2103
24/04/2021 18:53
Colombia
Manchester United
127

I've just seen this Tweet:

GOAL West Ham 0-1 Chelsea (43 mins)

Timo Werner coolly slots in from Ben Chilwell's cross to put the Blues in front just before the break

Would you mind telling me what does "coolly slots" mean in this context?

Thanks in advance

Rich's picture
Rich
26/04/2021
ES
594
points

Hi there,

To slot in is a phrasal verb which usually means to manage to find a place to time for something in. The dentist might slot you in between found five for example or you might be able to slot in some extra English lessons not your working day.

In football 'to slot in' means to score a goal. If it's done coolly it means with ease - the player made it look easy and without pressure. We often talk about being cool when a player takes a penalty.

Hope that helps.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
26/04/2021 08:08
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi there,

To slot in is a phrasal verb which usually means to manage to find a place to time for something in. The dentist might slot you in between found five for example or you might be able to slot in some extra English lessons not your working day.

In football 'to slot in' means to score a goal. If it's done coolly it means with ease - the player made it look easy and without pressure. We often talk about being cool when a player takes a penalty.

Hope that helps.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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Gabriel Amaral
22/04/2021
BR
1512
points

Easy as it's helpful


Gabriel Amaral's picture
Gabriel Amaral
22/04/2021 15:53
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

Easy as it's helpful

steve sina's picture
steve sina
14/04/2021
CM
68
points

Great


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steve sina
14/04/2021 14:31
Cameroon
Liverpool
68

Great

Mrs.Lucas
11/03/2021
GB
-7975
points

10 out of 10, I’m not even interested in football!


Mrs.Lucas
11/03/2021 09:26
United Kingdom
Manchester United
-7975

10 out of 10, I’m not even interested in football!

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RizaktiUyeah
22/02/2021
ID
41
points

Very interesting quiz and exercise about football!


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RizaktiUyeah
22/02/2021 03:08
Indonesia
Liverpool
41

Very interesting quiz and exercise about football!

Ulugbek_20
08/02/2021
UZ
50
points

Very interesting quiz and i got everything right!


Ulugbek_20
08/02/2021 16:22
Uzbekistan
Manchester United
50

Very interesting quiz and i got everything right!

Shot
31/01/2021
UY
10
points

This is great!! Fun at learing !! Thank you !!


Shot
31/01/2021 01:36
Uruguay
Leeds United
10

This is great!! Fun at learing !! Thank you !!

Franek
28/01/2021
PL
22
points

Yes, I got everything right! :)


Franek
28/01/2021 17:14
Poland
Liverpool
22

Yes, I got everything right! :)

Davis1727
20/01/2021
PE
76
points

Good exercise.


Davis1727
20/01/2021 16:31
Peru
Wolverhampton Wanderers
76

Good exercise.

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lucascordeiro
06/01/2021
BR
26
points

Good exercise


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lucascordeiro
06/01/2021 00:01
Brazil
Everton
26

Good exercise

AbdlRhman's picture
AbdlRhman
04/01/2021
EG
219
points

This is easy and awesome today I'm learning new words (equaliser-defensive wall-penalty shootout)


AbdlRhman's picture
AbdlRhman
04/01/2021 09:43
Egypt
Manchester City
219

This is easy and awesome today I'm learning new words (equaliser-defensive wall-penalty shootout)

Alex Borisov's picture
Alex Borisov
16/12/2020
RU
52
points

It was easy for me


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Alex Borisov
16/12/2020 11:34
Russia
Chelsea
52

It was easy for me

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AJIT1892
15/11/2020
IN
12
points

Got everything right. I am happy that i know about the game plus language wise i gave correct answers.


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AJIT1892
15/11/2020 15:41
India
Arsenal
12

Got everything right. I am happy that i know about the game plus language wise i gave correct answers.

Rich's picture
Rich
16/11/2020
ES
594
points

Good work, AJIT1892! We're happy you are enjoying our website.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
16/11/2020 13:18
Spain
Liverpool
594

Good work, AJIT1892! We're happy you are enjoying our website.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

kayboy19's picture
kayboy19
16/10/2020
KH
95
points

it was all fun and I got all right


kayboy19's picture
kayboy19
16/10/2020 05:36
Cambodia
Liverpool
95

it was all fun and I got all right

Giammario Specchia
03/10/2020
IT
104
points

We are the champions


Giammario Specchia
03/10/2020 20:57
Italy
Liverpool
104

We are the champions

josema
29/09/2020
ES
102
points

ty


josema
29/09/2020 13:02
Spain
Liverpool
102

ty

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alejocaal92
23/09/2020
CO
82
points

I didn't it all well, the activity is very difficult, but very interesant.


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alejocaal92
23/09/2020 04:15
Colombia
Manchester United
82

I didn't it all well, the activity is very difficult, but very interesant.

Odenleonar
18/09/2020
CO
6
points

very good


Odenleonar
18/09/2020 18:39
Colombia
Manchester United
6

very good

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MRG1980PYM
07/09/2020
CO
44
points

An extremely interesting quiz, English and game rules are reviewed


MRG1980PYM's picture
MRG1980PYM
07/09/2020 23:36
Colombia
Liverpool
44

An extremely interesting quiz, English and game rules are reviewed

Joaneta
26/08/2020
ES
61
points

good


Joaneta
26/08/2020 11:57
Spain
Liverpool
61

good

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Khinnyeinchan
12/08/2020
MM
38
points

Like this page.


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Khinnyeinchan
12/08/2020 07:17
Myanmar
Arsenal
38

Like this page.

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marcelinho04
03/08/2020
BR
42
points

The website is really interesting and useful. Thanks for that


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marcelinho04
03/08/2020 12:38
Brazil
Manchester United
42

The website is really interesting and useful. Thanks for that

raugarr
03/08/2020
MX
99
points

I can understand the rule of “advantage”, and I like it.


raugarr
03/08/2020 06:18
Mexico
Liverpool
99

I can understand the rule of “advantage”, and I like it.

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elvis aliaga vargas
06/07/2020
CL
129
points

yes very good


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elvis aliaga vargas
06/07/2020 23:55
Chile
Leicester City
129

yes very good

MengA
20/06/2020
GE
-312
points

The exercises were nice. I didn't know the word "advantage", though.


MengA
20/06/2020 13:32
Georgia
Liverpool
-312

The exercises were nice. I didn't know the word "advantage", though.

Izabela
20/06/2020
BR
1505
points

Good!


Izabela
20/06/2020 04:47
Brazil
Newcastle United
1505

Good!

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mobeckham
04/06/2020
TR
6371
points

Well chosen


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mobeckham
04/06/2020 00:33
Turkey
Manchester United
6371

Well chosen

João Lacerda
01/06/2020
BR
9
points

i like very much


João Lacerda
01/06/2020 18:28
Brazil
Liverpool
9

i like very much

markenglish
17/05/2020
ES
56
points

I got everything right except one word (in / out of play)
This vocabulary is really interesting and helpful!


markenglish
17/05/2020 09:23
Spain
Arsenal
56

I got everything right except one word (in / out of play)
This vocabulary is really interesting and helpful!

Vitor Augusto
13/05/2020
BR
62
points

I got everything right. These exercises about football words are so good and essencial!


Vitor Augusto
13/05/2020 23:17
Brazil
Manchester United
62

I got everything right. These exercises about football words are so good and essencial!

Seba.miles8
11/05/2020
PL
11
points

I got everything right. There are a few football words which are helpful.


Seba.miles8
11/05/2020 08:43
Poland
Manchester United
11

I got everything right. There are a few football words which are helpful.

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Bigmantony
10/05/2020
NG
33
points

I am going to enjoy this


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Bigmantony
10/05/2020 08:01
Nigeria
Manchester United
33

I am going to enjoy this

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william_nam
29/04/2020
VN
261
points

Hello Rich, I've been trying to dethrone you on the leaderboard. How can I overcome your recent score? :v


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william_nam
29/04/2020 15:43
Vietnam
Chelsea
261

Hello Rich, I've been trying to dethrone you on the leaderboard. How can I overcome your recent score? :v

Rich's picture
Rich
30/04/2020
ES
594
points

Hi William,

Do you mean my points (474) or are you trying to get on the leaderboard? To get more points you need to do the quizzes that are on most pages or write comments. Hopefully, we will restart the leaderboard soon to give everyone who is new to the website a better chance!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
30/04/2020 09:44
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi William,

Do you mean my points (474) or are you trying to get on the leaderboard? To get more points you need to do the quizzes that are on most pages or write comments. Hopefully, we will restart the leaderboard soon to give everyone who is new to the website a better chance!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Paolaguevara's picture
Paolaguevara
17/04/2020
VE
30
points

I love this website


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Paolaguevara
17/04/2020 01:34
Venezuela
Chelsea
30

I love this website

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Luisfields
22/07/2020
MX
9
points

hola


Luisfields's picture
Luisfields
22/07/2020 10:05
Mexico
Wolverhampton Wanderers
9

hola

Rich's picture
Rich
17/04/2020
ES
594
points

Hi Paola!

That makes us all very happy! Thanks for your message!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
17/04/2020 09:01
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Paola!

That makes us all very happy! Thanks for your message!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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Leblois Thierry
12/04/2020
FR
231
points

leaped


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Leblois Thierry
12/04/2020 11:58
France
Liverpool
231

leaped

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Hector Pinzon
27/03/2020
CO
495
points

good exercise!


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Hector Pinzon
27/03/2020 18:50
Colombia
Manchester United
495

good exercise!

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palaszabi
13/03/2020
HU
278
points

its ok


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palaszabi
13/03/2020 07:15
Hungary
Arsenal
278

its ok

murikose
11/02/2020
BE
45
points

cool right jeah


murikose
11/02/2020 14:18
Belgium
Liverpool
45

cool right jeah

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Level

2
Average: 2 (1 vote)

Goals

Complete these activities and you will:

Learn and practise 10 football words.

Glossary

Tricky spelling:

It's 'possession' NOT 'posession' or 'possesion'!