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Kicks

Kicks

How well do you know football vocabulary?

This Football English lesson presents, practises and tests 10 football words that are used to describe different ways of kicking a football.

  1. backheel
  2. bicycle-kick
  3. clearance
  4. curl
  5. dummy
  6. half-volley
  7. keepy-uppy
  8. side-foot
  9. toe punt
  10. volley

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

 
There are many ways to kick a football!

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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shabk
23/06/2024
YE
190
points

great


shabk
23/06/2024 17:37
Yemen
Manchester City
190

great

AlexBaek
25/11/2023
KR
130
points

Today I learnt many new words and kicks. My favorite kick is the bicycle kick.


AlexBaek
25/11/2023 01:51
South Korea
Tottenham Hotspur
130

Today I learnt many new words and kicks. My favorite kick is the bicycle kick.

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Eshaan_Shabeer
27/09/2023
IN
377
points

I GOT 9/10


Eshaan_Shabeer's picture
Eshaan_Shabeer
27/09/2023 15:51
India
Manchester City
377

I GOT 9/10

Denis2000's picture
Denis2000
01/02/2023
BY
696
points

10 of 10


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Denis2000
01/02/2023 08:32
Belarus
Tottenham Hotspur
696

10 of 10

Rath6180's picture
Rath6180
31/01/2023
GB
759
points

Did well.


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Rath6180
31/01/2023 10:03
United Kingdom
Liverpool
759

Did well.

Bruno123
21/03/2022
PL
296
points

Ok


Bruno123
21/03/2022 16:49
Poland
Manchester United
296

Ok

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Gabriel Amaral
16/04/2021
BR
1512
points

I did fine once again. But it's fnny to sse how different the meanings can be from a language (like portuguese) to another (like english), or even the deffinitions of a kick style.


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Gabriel Amaral
16/04/2021 18:29
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

I did fine once again. But it's fnny to sse how different the meanings can be from a language (like portuguese) to another (like english), or even the deffinitions of a kick style.

Mo'men Mohammed's picture
Mo'men Mohammed
04/04/2021
EG
438
points

I did great !


Mo'men Mohammed's picture
Mo'men Mohammed
04/04/2021 11:09
Egypt
Arsenal
438

I did great !

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Mo'men Mohammed
24/03/2021
EG
438
points

Easy .. Cool !


Mo'men Mohammed's picture
Mo'men Mohammed
24/03/2021 13:12
Egypt
Arsenal
438

Easy .. Cool !

Mo'men Mohammed's picture
Mo'men Mohammed
24/03/2021
EG
438
points

It's fine!


Mo'men Mohammed's picture
Mo'men Mohammed
24/03/2021 12:56
Egypt
Arsenal
438

It's fine!

Michael Lee
23/02/2021
CN
188
points

What's the exact meaning of dummy?


Michael Lee
23/02/2021 05:36
China
Liverpool
188

What's the exact meaning of dummy?

Rich's picture
Rich
23/02/2021
ES
594
points

Hi Michael Lee,

Welcome to Premier Skills English!

A dummy is a type of football action that makes an opponent think you are going to do one thing but you do another. It's often done without touching the ball! A teammate might pass you the ball, but instead of controlling the ball, you let it go through your legs to a teammate, or maybe you start to move in one direction and then go the other way.

A dummy can also describe a silly person (it's impolite) and when a player does one of these actions on the pitch it can make an opponent look like a dummy!

Hope that helps,

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
23/02/2021 08:19
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Michael Lee,

Welcome to Premier Skills English!

A dummy is a type of football action that makes an opponent think you are going to do one thing but you do another. It's often done without touching the ball! A teammate might pass you the ball, but instead of controlling the ball, you let it go through your legs to a teammate, or maybe you start to move in one direction and then go the other way.

A dummy can also describe a silly person (it's impolite) and when a player does one of these actions on the pitch it can make an opponent look like a dummy!

Hope that helps,

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Davis1727
02/02/2021
PE
100
points

Good exercise.


Davis1727
02/02/2021 16:11
Peru
Wolverhampton Wanderers
100

Good exercise.

mat_cfc_pl
02/11/2020
PL
351
points

These 10 wards are difficult


mat_cfc_pl
02/11/2020 13:58
Poland
Chelsea
351

These 10 wards are difficult

Ainars's picture
Ainars
03/08/2020
RU
26
points

The only word I didn't know was dummy. Now I've learned it)


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Ainars
03/08/2020 18:24
Russia
Liverpool
26

The only word I didn't know was dummy. Now I've learned it)

Izabela
23/06/2020
BR
1505
points

Very difficult this topic.


Izabela
23/06/2020 04:36
Brazil
Newcastle United
1505

Very difficult this topic.

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
03/06/2020
TR
6511
points

A bit tricky but sorted :)


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
03/06/2020 22:31
Turkey
Manchester United
6511

A bit tricky but sorted :)

Hector Pinzon's picture
Hector Pinzon
03/04/2020
CO
496
points

i learnt new words.


Hector Pinzon's picture
Hector Pinzon
03/04/2020 18:10
Colombia
Manchester United
496

i learnt new words.

Mario JACQUET
24/03/2020
ES
259
points

This has been the most difficult for me.


Mario JACQUET
24/03/2020 00:27
Spain
Liverpool
259

This has been the most difficult for me.

Czarek54321
25/10/2019
PL
314
points

Good.


Czarek54321
25/10/2019 18:51
Poland
Manchester City
314

Good.

Czarek54321
25/10/2019
PL
314
points

Cool.


Czarek54321
25/10/2019 17:07
Poland
Manchester City
314

Cool.

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josegsalass
21/10/2019
VE
581
points

wow, I didn´t know some words or phrases like keepy uppy


josegsalass's picture
josegsalass
21/10/2019 02:57
Venezuela
Liverpool
581

wow, I didn´t know some words or phrases like keepy uppy

KamilSh
03/06/2019
RU
473
points

Wow! Unbelievable! 10/10.


KamilSh
03/06/2019 20:50
Russia
Liverpool
473

Wow! Unbelievable! 10/10.

ldzingirai's picture
ldzingirai
24/03/2019
ZW
1746
points

I've to revisit the words.


ldzingirai's picture
ldzingirai
24/03/2019 08:49
Zimbabwe
Chelsea
1746

I've to revisit the words.

alberto19garcia19
29/11/2018
ES
241
points

gg wp


alberto19garcia19
29/11/2018 14:28
Spain
Arsenal
241

gg wp

batric.janjic
26/06/2018
ME
117
points

Everything is very interesting.
Thank you!


batric.janjic
26/06/2018 22:29
Montenegro
Chelsea
117

Everything is very interesting.
Thank you!

JvOngarato's picture
JvOngarato
05/06/2018
BR
109
points

Great I learned a lot of new vocabularies.


JvOngarato's picture
JvOngarato
05/06/2018 00:27
Brazil
Chelsea
109

Great I learned a lot of new vocabularies.

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

So, so...


misabog's picture
misabog
28/01/2018 19:42
Serbia
Liverpool
319

So, so...

jmesav92
24/10/2017
CO
297
points

The best kick is the bicycle-kick.


jmesav92
24/10/2017 22:07
Colombia
Chelsea
297

The best kick is the bicycle-kick.

Yaewint
15/10/2017
MM
130
points

I ve got most of them right.


Yaewint
15/10/2017 19:41
Myanmar
Manchester United
130

I ve got most of them right.

EMIZA99
09/05/2017
ES
700
points

Keepy-uppies ==> Anyone can explain it to me? I don't understand the meaning of this word.


EMIZA99
09/05/2017 10:11
Spain
Manchester United
700

Keepy-uppies ==> Anyone can explain it to me? I don't understand the meaning of this word.

Rich's picture
Rich
10/05/2017
ES
594
points

Hi Emiza99

Have a go at this game in our games section. It's called keepy-uppy! 

http://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/games/keepy-uppy

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
10/05/2017 09:14
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Emiza99

Have a go at this game in our games section. It's called keepy-uppy! 

http://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/games/keepy-uppy

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

baki333
24/12/2016
BA
310
points

I learnt new words


baki333
24/12/2016 21:19
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Chelsea
310

I learnt new words

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PACOSAEZ
07/12/2016
ES
448
points

I love this way of learning English


PACOSAEZ's picture
PACOSAEZ
07/12/2016 08:47
Spain
Manchester United
448

I love this way of learning English

GUGUN
11/07/2016
ID
223
points

The Questions is a little harder.


GUGUN
11/07/2016 12:38
Indonesia
Manchester United
223

The Questions is a little harder.

englishman
15/06/2016
DZ
1734
points

I do it thans


englishman
15/06/2016 16:03
Algeria
Manchester City
1734

I do it thans

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kwesimanifest
07/06/2016
GH
4776
points

I like the bicycle kick just that one has to be careful when landing


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016 00:06
Ghana
Manchester United
4776

I like the bicycle kick just that one has to be careful when landing

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
06/06/2016
GH
4776
points

I had everything right


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
06/06/2016 23:55
Ghana
Manchester United
4776

I had everything right

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
06/06/2016
GH
4776
points

I like the bicycle kick just that one has to be careful when landing


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
06/06/2016 23:53
Ghana
Manchester United
4776

I like the bicycle kick just that one has to be careful when landing

Nislija018's picture
Nislija018
13/05/2016
RS
250
points

Usefull lession, a lot of words I didn"t know before


Nislija018's picture
Nislija018
13/05/2016 08:10
Serbia
Arsenal
250

Usefull lession, a lot of words I didn"t know before

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
06/03/2016
TR
1761
points

I am good at football. :)


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
06/03/2016 23:15
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

I am good at football. :)

haydi's picture
haydi
28/02/2016
TN
3189
points

The only world that I know is 'volley' and not with this meaning.


haydi's picture
haydi
28/02/2016 23:06
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

The only world that I know is 'volley' and not with this meaning.

Tigrann
02/02/2016
AM
328
points

in comparison to other quizies it was difficult


Tigrann
02/02/2016 05:55
Armenia
Southampton
328

in comparison to other quizies it was difficult

jinlee's picture
jinlee
22/01/2016
VN
260
points

oh quite difficult


jinlee's picture
jinlee
22/01/2016 08:26
Vietnam
Chelsea
260

oh quite difficult

tonucatien
09/01/2016
VN
271
points

I know all 10 kick terms in my mother language, but most of them are new English words for me.
Both the definitions in phrase book and the quiz are very interesting.
In phrase book, can you write the type of each words, example: noun, verb, adj,...
Thank you.


tonucatien
09/01/2016 02:12
Vietnam
Liverpool
271

I know all 10 kick terms in my mother language, but most of them are new English words for me.
Both the definitions in phrase book and the quiz are very interesting.
In phrase book, can you write the type of each words, example: noun, verb, adj,...
Thank you.

tokomoney's picture
tokomoney
15/12/2015
GE
352
points

Thank you so much :)


tokomoney's picture
tokomoney
15/12/2015 12:45
Georgia
Manchester City
352

Thank you so much :)

tokomoney's picture
tokomoney
15/12/2015
GE
352
points

i like the word - "keepy-uppy"


tokomoney's picture
tokomoney
15/12/2015 12:45
Georgia
Manchester City
352

i like the word - "keepy-uppy"

tokomoney's picture
tokomoney
15/12/2015
GE
352
points

I learnt more new words


tokomoney's picture
tokomoney
15/12/2015 12:44
Georgia
Manchester City
352

I learnt more new words

MUGEMANYI's picture
MUGEMANYI
21/11/2015
RW
2320
points

Backheel is new for me


MUGEMANYI's picture
MUGEMANYI
21/11/2015 08:57
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Backheel is new for me

nikosonris
16/11/2015
UA
2453
points

I was a keepy-uppy champion at school)


nikosonris
16/11/2015 14:09
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

I was a keepy-uppy champion at school)

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Level

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Average: 2 (1 vote)

Goals

Complete these activities and you will:

Learn and practise 10 words used to describe different ways of kicking a football.

Glossary

Tricky spelling:

It's 'bicycle kick' NOT 'bicicle kick' or 'bycicle kick' !