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The Game

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?

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rudolf_villa's picture
rudolf_villa
14/05/2018
ES
73
points

yeah!


rudolf_villa's picture
rudolf_villa
14/05/2018 11:52
Spain
Chelsea
73

yeah!

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Eiserfelder
14/05/2018
DE
10
points

super


Eiserfelder's picture
Eiserfelder
14/05/2018 10:46
Germany
Liverpool
10

super

Maks Poland
12/05/2018
PL
823
points

Cool


Maks Poland
12/05/2018 07:33
Poland
Manchester United
823

Cool

ahmedbyam's picture
ahmedbyam
05/05/2018
SD
22
points

well done


ahmedbyam's picture
ahmedbyam
05/05/2018 08:31
Sudan
Liverpool
22

well done

xavi's picture
xavi
23/04/2018
JP
45
points

Nice


xavi's picture
xavi
23/04/2018 21:06
Japan
Manchester City
45

Nice

ixripz's picture
ixripz
16/04/2018
SA
30
points

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ixripz's picture
ixripz
16/04/2018 13:59
Saudi Arabia
Liverpool
30

.

Rich's picture
Rich
16/04/2018
ES
594
points

Hello?


Rich's picture
Rich
16/04/2018 14:07
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hello?

ahmed elaseel's picture
ahmed elaseel
04/04/2018
EG
11
points

It was a great thing


ahmed elaseel's picture
ahmed elaseel
04/04/2018 05:59
Egypt
Manchester United
11

It was a great thing

Mehmet5
08/03/2018
TR
62
points

Very good exercise.


Mehmet5
08/03/2018 19:57
Turkey
Manchester United
62

Very good exercise.

tsula21's picture
tsula21
08/03/2018
GE
14
points

It was good


tsula21's picture
tsula21
08/03/2018 15:22
Georgia
Chelsea
14

It was good

Joko7912
06/03/2018
CU
110
points

very good quiz!!


Joko7912
06/03/2018 09:14
Cuba
Chelsea
110

very good quiz!!

luannt's picture
luannt
02/03/2018
VN
33
points

Good quiz to learn football vocabulary, thanks!


luannt's picture
luannt
02/03/2018 15:34
Vietnam
Arsenal
33

Good quiz to learn football vocabulary, thanks!

borntobe
02/03/2018
KZ
33
points

how to spell equaliser or equalizer


borntobe
02/03/2018 10:00
Kazakhstan
Manchester City
33

how to spell equaliser or equalizer

Rich's picture
Rich
02/03/2018
ES
594
points

Good question! The answer is both are possible. Equaliser is more common in the UK and equalizer is used in the US.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
02/03/2018 10:24
Spain
Liverpool
594

Good question! The answer is both are possible. Equaliser is more common in the UK and equalizer is used in the US.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

gag4
12/02/2018
RS
28
points

This is great to learn new words! 


gag4
12/02/2018 17:38
Serbia
Chelsea
28

This is great to learn new words! 

Vadim_V's picture
Vadim_V
10/02/2018
BY
382
points

I got everything right.


Vadim_V's picture
Vadim_V
10/02/2018 15:36
Belarus
Chelsea
382

I got everything right.

genesis.yanes's picture
genesis.yanes
08/02/2018
VE
59
points

nice


genesis.yanes's picture
genesis.yanes
08/02/2018 20:24
Venezuela
West Bromwich Albion
59

nice

misabog's picture
misabog
25/01/2018
RS
319
points

Yes, I got everything right because I've played football earlier. I did not hear some words like equalizer!


misabog's picture
misabog
25/01/2018 21:01
Serbia
Liverpool
319

Yes, I got everything right because I've played football earlier. I did not hear some words like equalizer!

hosamaboryash's picture
hosamaboryash
19/01/2018
JO
38
points

goal


hosamaboryash's picture
hosamaboryash
19/01/2018 07:43
Jordan
Manchester United
38

goal

Roberto Avelar's picture
Roberto Avelar
30/12/2017
BR
110
points

I have learning a news words.


Roberto Avelar's picture
Roberto Avelar
30/12/2017 04:16
Brazil
Manchester City
110

I have learning a news words.

ProfeMarcos's picture
ProfeMarcos
17/12/2017
UY
103
points

I did everything right! But I don´t understand the meaning of Open goal Is the first goal?


ProfeMarcos's picture
ProfeMarcos
17/12/2017 20:07
Uruguay
Manchester City
103

I did everything right! But I don´t understand the meaning of Open goal Is the first goal?

Rich's picture
Rich
17/12/2017
ES
594
points

Hi ProfeMarcos

Welcome to Premier Skills English! I can see that you have done lots of quizzes already! It's great to have more fans from Uruguay on the website. Are you a big fan of Luis Suarez?

An open goal is when there is nobody between the striker and the goal. The attacker only needs to kick the ball into the net. Often a striker takes the ball round the goalkeeper and puts the ball into an open goal.

Hope that helps!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
17/12/2017 20:44
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi ProfeMarcos

Welcome to Premier Skills English! I can see that you have done lots of quizzes already! It's great to have more fans from Uruguay on the website. Are you a big fan of Luis Suarez?

An open goal is when there is nobody between the striker and the goal. The attacker only needs to kick the ball into the net. Often a striker takes the ball round the goalkeeper and puts the ball into an open goal.

Hope that helps!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

ProfeMarcos's picture
ProfeMarcos
18/12/2017
UY
103
points

Thank you for your help! Now I undestand. I´m fan of Suarez, and especially fan of Cavani.

 


ProfeMarcos's picture
ProfeMarcos
18/12/2017 22:09
Uruguay
Manchester City
103

Thank you for your help! Now I undestand. I´m fan of Suarez, and especially fan of Cavani.

 

OALQARNI's picture
OALQARNI
03/12/2017
SA
11
points

No, thanks


OALQARNI's picture
OALQARNI
03/12/2017 14:20
Saudi Arabia
Tottenham Hotspur
11

No, thanks

kalavenkit
22/11/2017
IN
33
points

Need to learn more clearly.


kalavenkit
22/11/2017 12:19
India
Manchester United
33

Need to learn more clearly.

jmesav92
18/10/2017
CO
297
points

Excellent!


jmesav92
18/10/2017 20:52
Colombia
Chelsea
297

Excellent!

englishman
05/10/2017
DZ
1734
points

Right now all things seems to be very easy and funny.


englishman
05/10/2017 09:22
Algeria
Manchester City
1734

Right now all things seems to be very easy and funny.

luis glz
29/09/2017
MX
22
points

this is fun :)


luis glz
29/09/2017 20:10
Mexico
West Ham United
22

this is fun :)

SUPER MAU
25/08/2017
MX
1
points

Great quiz to begin.


SUPER MAU
25/08/2017 21:23
Mexico
Arsenal
1

Great quiz to begin.

amgad's picture
amgad
21/08/2017
EG
12
points

easy quiz


amgad's picture
amgad
21/08/2017 07:56
Egypt
Liverpool
12

easy quiz

Javi_from_Spain
19/08/2017
ES
58
points

I continue my improvement


Javi_from_Spain
19/08/2017 15:06
Spain
Liverpool
58

I continue my improvement

GustavoP
15/08/2017
IT
1
points

I would like to learn more precise words related to the tactical aspects of the game (e.g. man marking, pressuring) and also to specific plays (e.g. the keeper comes off the goal line...). Thank you.


GustavoP
15/08/2017 17:24
Italy
Arsenal
1

I would like to learn more precise words related to the tactical aspects of the game (e.g. man marking, pressuring) and also to specific plays (e.g. the keeper comes off the goal line...). Thank you.

Rich's picture
Rich
17/08/2017
ES
594
points

Hi GustavoP

You can find some of the more difficult words and phrases that you are looking for in this section. Take a look at the pages about goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and strikers.

Hope that helps!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
17/08/2017 08:15
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi GustavoP

You can find some of the more difficult words and phrases that you are looking for in this section. Take a look at the pages about goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and strikers.

Hope that helps!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Mahmoud Rady's picture
Mahmoud Rady
12/08/2017
EG
24
points

Good for me,

Thank you


Mahmoud Rady's picture
Mahmoud Rady
12/08/2017 14:44
Egypt
Manchester United
24

Good for me,

Thank you

Everton Sierra Leone's picture
Everton Sierra Leone
10/08/2017
SL
2
points

Another Amazing performance


Everton Sierra Leone's picture
Everton Sierra Leone
10/08/2017 16:18
Sierra Leone
Everton
2

Another Amazing performance

Ramisb18
31/07/2017
RU
5
points

Very useful)


Ramisb18
31/07/2017 17:42
Russia
Manchester City
5

Very useful)

francis171016's picture
francis171016
22/07/2017
CA
2
points

was really difficult to answer the picture 


francis171016's picture
francis171016
22/07/2017 22:34
Canada
Manchester City
2

was really difficult to answer the picture 

Josep-Barça's picture
Josep-Barça
15/07/2017
ES
7
points

Words like "striker" or "slotted" don't have a good translation in my dictionary. "Striker" means someone who is on strike ? and "Slot" is a long and thin hole that you put something into like a coin ?
I see that many words change their mean when you're using them in the football world.


Josep-Barça's picture
Josep-Barça
15/07/2017 19:51
Spain
Arsenal
7

Words like "striker" or "slotted" don't have a good translation in my dictionary. "Striker" means someone who is on strike ? and "Slot" is a long and thin hole that you put something into like a coin ?
I see that many words change their mean when you're using them in the football world.

Rich's picture
Rich
16/07/2017
ES
594
points

Hi Josep-Barca

Yes, multiple meanings can make things more difficult! Striker is quite common in English and is used more frequently than forward or attacker (these two words are more general). To slot home (to score an easy goal often after going around the goalkeeper) is much more idiomatic and therefore more difficult to understand.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
16/07/2017 15:04
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Josep-Barca

Yes, multiple meanings can make things more difficult! Striker is quite common in English and is used more frequently than forward or attacker (these two words are more general). To slot home (to score an easy goal often after going around the goalkeeper) is much more idiomatic and therefore more difficult to understand.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Danioo10
13/07/2017
ES
2
points

:)


Danioo10
13/07/2017 18:50
Spain
Arsenal
2

:)

Libero
13/07/2017
PL
13
points

New word - equaliser.


Libero
13/07/2017 09:58
Poland
Stoke City
13

New word - equaliser.

EiEi Lwin's picture
EiEi Lwin
13/07/2017
MM
2
points

I've got ten useful vocabularies for football .Thanks.


EiEi Lwin's picture
EiEi Lwin
13/07/2017 05:55
Myanmar
Manchester United
2

I've got ten useful vocabularies for football .Thanks.

Vispreni Bwrr
10/07/2017
RS
1
points

Useful


Vispreni Bwrr
10/07/2017 11:36
Serbia
Chelsea
1

Useful

Ammar's picture
Ammar
08/07/2017
EG
5
points

hello ....


Ammar's picture
Ammar
08/07/2017 12:10
Egypt
Arsenal
5

hello ....

Yudi_fdx
07/07/2017
ID
2
points

Just 1 I missed


Yudi_fdx
07/07/2017 09:26
Indonesia
Manchester City
2

Just 1 I missed

EMIZA99
08/05/2017
ES
700
points

I have just got 9 right answers


EMIZA99
08/05/2017 15:55
Spain
Manchester United
700

I have just got 9 right answers

Korhan
06/04/2017
TR
46
points

This word is very important and very helpful.thanks


Korhan
06/04/2017 22:39
Turkey
Manchester United
46

This word is very important and very helpful.thanks

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Ahmed Tawfik
04/03/2017
EG
22
points

love it


Ahmed Tawfik's picture
Ahmed Tawfik
04/03/2017 10:25
Egypt
Chelsea
22

love it

Si Thu Zeya
15/02/2017
MM
31
points

These 10 words are useful words.


Si Thu Zeya
15/02/2017 05:19
Myanmar
Manchester United
31

These 10 words are useful words.

Rich's picture
Rich
15/02/2017
ES
594
points

Hi Si Thu Zeya

We're very happy that you found them useful.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
15/02/2017 08:14
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Si Thu Zeya

We're very happy that you found them useful.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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Learn and practise 10 football words.

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