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Officiating

Officiating

How well do you know football vocabulary?

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

  1. appeal
  2. body language
  3. caution
  4. coin-toss
  5. direct free-kick
  6. drop-ball
  7. indirect free-kick
  8. sending off
  9. stretcher
  10. suspension

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

 
The referee gives a player a red card.

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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Popberry
30/11/2022
MX
41
points

The sentences are great to understand word in context. I am loving the whole project in this platform.


Popberry
30/11/2022 03:56
Mexico
Manchester City
41

The sentences are great to understand word in context. I am loving the whole project in this platform.

Liosha1004
18/06/2022
RU
11
points

I did my best!


Liosha1004
18/06/2022 15:59
Russia
Tottenham Hotspur
11

I did my best!

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MRG1980PYM
18/05/2022
CO
93
points

There is no doubt that this refereeing vocabulary helps us to understand the work of the officials in a football match much better, an excellent learning exercise.


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MRG1980PYM
18/05/2022 05:01
Colombia
Liverpool
93

There is no doubt that this refereeing vocabulary helps us to understand the work of the officials in a football match much better, an excellent learning exercise.

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Parwiz
18/05/2022
GB
30
points

Thanks for your nice feedback!


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Parwiz
18/05/2022 07:48
United Kingdom
Manchester United
30

Thanks for your nice feedback!

Chris OM
04/12/2021
FR
53
points

I made a mistake


Chris OM
04/12/2021 17:43
France
Manchester United
53

I made a mistake

SONER DEMIRAY
29/11/2021
TR
1
points

I am a football referee.I found this work very useful.Words are really the things we actually use on the pitch.Great vocabulary!


SONER DEMIRAY
29/11/2021 06:34
Turkey
Manchester United
1

I am a football referee.I found this work very useful.Words are really the things we actually use on the pitch.Great vocabulary!

kyle1927
05/11/2021
ES
39
points

"nothing"

Antonio


kyle1927
05/11/2021 16:18
Spain
Aston Villa
39

"nothing"

Antonio

Sébastien
20/07/2021
CH
118
points

Good words to know


Sébastien
20/07/2021 16:28
Switzerland
Manchester City
118

Good words to know

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Gabriel Amaral
21/04/2021
BR
1512
points

I did fine once again!


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Gabriel Amaral
21/04/2021 16:25
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

I did fine once again!

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

I'm doing great !


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Mo'men Mohammed
24/03/2021 13:55
Egypt
Arsenal
438

I'm doing great !

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eugenpetcu12
10/02/2021
RO
152
points

Didn't get the ''indirect free kick'', the defensive line caught the striker offside so the referee awarded an indirect free-kick. It is right? Isn't it direct free kick it is?


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eugenpetcu12
10/02/2021 13:20
Romania
Chelsea
152

Didn't get the ''indirect free kick'', the defensive line caught the striker offside so the referee awarded an indirect free-kick. It is right? Isn't it direct free kick it is?

Rich's picture
Rich
11/02/2021
ES
594
points

Hi eugenpetcu12

This should help. You'll find the answer under the title 'offences and sanctions'.

https://www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/lawsandrules/laws/footba...

Welcome to Premier Skills English!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
11/02/2021 11:02
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi eugenpetcu12

This should help. You'll find the answer under the title 'offences and sanctions'.

https://www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/lawsandrules/laws/footba...

Welcome to Premier Skills English!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Davis1727
27/01/2021
PE
76
points

Good.


Davis1727
27/01/2021 18:30
Peru
Wolverhampton Wanderers
76

Good.

mat_cfc_pl
12/11/2020
PL
349
points

Thank PremierSkills very much ;)


mat_cfc_pl
12/11/2020 10:15
Poland
Chelsea
349

Thank PremierSkills very much ;)

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

Thanks, mat_cfc_pl! We're happy you are enjoying our website.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
16/11/2020 13:21
Spain
Liverpool
594

Thanks, mat_cfc_pl! We're happy you are enjoying our website.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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kayboy19
14/10/2020
KH
95
points

It was nice and good. yes got all right
none


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kayboy19
14/10/2020 03:49
Cambodia
Liverpool
95

It was nice and good. yes got all right
none

Joaneta
04/09/2020
ES
61
points

good


Joaneta
04/09/2020 12:16
Spain
Liverpool
61

good

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bao1960
01/09/2020
VN
356
points

thanks,the lesson is fantastic for my students.They love football.


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bao1960
01/09/2020 10:11
Vietnam
Manchester United
356

thanks,the lesson is fantastic for my students.They love football.

oscar.flores92's picture
oscar.flores92
09/06/2020
SV
32
points

Yeah, I get everything right, but that word it's too difficult for me, I never practice them.


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oscar.flores92
09/06/2020 00:54
El Salvador
Manchester United
32

Yeah, I get everything right, but that word it's too difficult for me, I never practice them.

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
03/06/2020
TR
6473
points

useful information to brainstorm


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mobeckham
03/06/2020 23:37
Turkey
Manchester United
6473

useful information to brainstorm

Bigmantony's picture
Bigmantony
10/05/2020
NG
33
points

I never knew I know this stuffs in football


Bigmantony's picture
Bigmantony
10/05/2020 08:40
Nigeria
Manchester United
33

I never knew I know this stuffs in football

Hector Pinzon's picture
Hector Pinzon
27/03/2020
CO
495
points

Zidane was sent off in the final of the World Cup.


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Hector Pinzon
27/03/2020 19:20
Colombia
Manchester United
495

Zidane was sent off in the final of the World Cup.

Mario JACQUET
18/03/2020
ES
259
points

I´m very excited whit my improvement!


Mario JACQUET
18/03/2020 23:24
Spain
Liverpool
259

I´m very excited whit my improvement!

palaszabi's picture
palaszabi
12/03/2020
HU
278
points

ok


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palaszabi
12/03/2020 17:46
Hungary
Arsenal
278

ok

Tee
10/12/2019
JP
309
points

Yeah, it's good. I gonna check suspension about.


Tee
10/12/2019 23:40
Japan
Manchester City
309

Yeah, it's good. I gonna check suspension about.

Czarek54321
12/10/2019
PL
314
points

Cool.


Czarek54321
12/10/2019 19:24
Poland
Manchester City
314

Cool.

Kurlash's picture
Kurlash
26/09/2019
IT
159
points

Yes!!


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Kurlash
26/09/2019 10:06
Italy
Liverpool
159

Yes!!

Adham77's picture
Adham77
12/09/2019
QA
117
points

Perfect


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Adham77
12/09/2019 11:42
Qatar
Liverpool
117

Perfect

Tee
05/09/2019
JP
309
points

I didn't know use caution & suspension & stretcher means.
I want to use next time.


Tee
05/09/2019 00:41
Japan
Manchester City
309

I didn't know use caution & suspension & stretcher means.
I want to use next time.

englishman
25/08/2019
DZ
1734
points

ok


englishman
25/08/2019 18:28
Algeria
Manchester City
1734

ok

KamilSh
02/04/2019
RU
473
points

10/10, fantastic. It was hard for me, really hard.


KamilSh
02/04/2019 21:13
Russia
Liverpool
473

10/10, fantastic. It was hard for me, really hard.

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ldzingirai
23/03/2019
ZW
1742
points

Football 101.


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ldzingirai
23/03/2019 21:58
Zimbabwe
Chelsea
1742

Football 101.

coachCavalieri
12/03/2019
IT
127
points

Yeah, I learnt new words. Streacher and Appeal two very useful meanings


coachCavalieri
12/03/2019 11:19
Italy
Chelsea
127

Yeah, I learnt new words. Streacher and Appeal two very useful meanings

quanmessi's picture
quanmessi
29/11/2018
VN
229
points

i like these great words


quanmessi's picture
quanmessi
29/11/2018 13:39
Vietnam
Manchester United
229

i like these great words

s184606's picture
s184606
08/10/2018
IT
352
points

Appeal. Great meaning on this field. It is a new strange word.


s184606's picture
s184606
08/10/2018 19:18
Italy
Brighton and Hove Albion
352

Appeal. Great meaning on this field. It is a new strange word.

VanessaG
25/06/2018
MX
334
points

I have to learn more about red card rules.


VanessaG
25/06/2018 22:03
Mexico
Chelsea
334

I have to learn more about red card rules.

batric.janjic
24/06/2018
ME
117
points

I am satisfied with this answers.
Thank you!


batric.janjic
24/06/2018 22:47
Montenegro
Chelsea
117

I am satisfied with this answers.
Thank you!

Yovanna
19/06/2018
BO
27
points

Very good!!


Yovanna
19/06/2018 23:17
Bolivia
Manchester City
27

Very good!!

Yovanna
19/06/2018
BO
27
points

Very good!!


Yovanna
19/06/2018 23:16
Bolivia
Manchester City
27

Very good!!

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bao1960
13/06/2018
VN
356
points

well,I did a great job.correct all.


bao1960's picture
bao1960
13/06/2018 05:16
Vietnam
Manchester United
356

well,I did a great job.correct all.

Maks Poland
12/05/2018
PL
823
points

Wow! Too easy! :)


Maks Poland
12/05/2018 07:46
Poland
Manchester United
823

Wow! Too easy! :)

fauzanislami
06/04/2018
ID
71
points

Hello, I am Fauzan from Indonesia. I am a new member here. I am very grateful because it's helpful and useful to increase my football vocabulary.


fauzanislami
06/04/2018 15:03
Indonesia
Arsenal
71

Hello, I am Fauzan from Indonesia. I am a new member here. I am very grateful because it's helpful and useful to increase my football vocabulary.

Weiqing Zheng
27/03/2018
CN
10
points

Hi, l have a question. could l get the answer please.

when we look the date of a match, we usually find that shots , passes, dribbles ,tackles attempted, blocks offside fouls.....

but what is mean by "claims".

can l get the answer

thank you very much.


Weiqing Zheng
27/03/2018 14:56
China
Manchester City
10

Hi, l have a question. could l get the answer please.

when we look the date of a match, we usually find that shots , passes, dribbles ,tackles attempted, blocks offside fouls.....

but what is mean by "claims".

can l get the answer

thank you very much.

Rich's picture
Rich
28/03/2018
ES
594
points

Hi Weiqing Zheng

When we talk about claims we are probably talking about goalkeepers. Goalkeepers claim the ball by catching crosses or coming off the goal line to claim (take) a ball before the attacker gets there.

Here's a link that might help: http://www.optasportspro.com/es/acerca-de/blog-optapro/posts/2012/optapr...

In this link, you will see the word connected to crosses.

Hope that helps,

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
28/03/2018 08:15
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Weiqing Zheng

When we talk about claims we are probably talking about goalkeepers. Goalkeepers claim the ball by catching crosses or coming off the goal line to claim (take) a ball before the attacker gets there.

Here's a link that might help: http://www.optasportspro.com/es/acerca-de/blog-optapro/posts/2012/optapr...

In this link, you will see the word connected to crosses.

Hope that helps,

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Maurinho
25/03/2018
CO
153
points

You'll never walk alone, fantastic website


Maurinho
25/03/2018 17:06
Colombia
Liverpool
153

You'll never walk alone, fantastic website

cmman
28/01/2018
CZ
116
points

Hi,
what is the difference between coin-toss and toss-up?


cmman
28/01/2018 13:28
Czech Republic
Liverpool
116

Hi,
what is the difference between coin-toss and toss-up?

Rich's picture
Rich
29/01/2018
ES
594
points

Thanks for your question, cmman.

On one level there is no difference between the two words. They both describe the action of tossing (throwing upwards) a coin to decide something e.g. which side of the pitch a penalty shoot-out will be played.

However, toss-up is more interesting because it can also be used to describe a situation where two or more thing s are equally possible e.g. I think the winner of the FA Cup this season is a toss up between Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester Utd and Tottenham. This means that I think these teams have an equal chance of winning.

Hope that helps and you enjoy our website!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
29/01/2018 08:24
Spain
Liverpool
594

Thanks for your question, cmman.

On one level there is no difference between the two words. They both describe the action of tossing (throwing upwards) a coin to decide something e.g. which side of the pitch a penalty shoot-out will be played.

However, toss-up is more interesting because it can also be used to describe a situation where two or more thing s are equally possible e.g. I think the winner of the FA Cup this season is a toss up between Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester Utd and Tottenham. This means that I think these teams have an equal chance of winning.

Hope that helps and you enjoy our website!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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Vadim_V
10/02/2018
BY
382
points

Thanks, Rich. I didn't know that either.


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Vadim_V
10/02/2018 18:11
Belarus
Chelsea
382

Thanks, Rich. I didn't know that either.

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

One missed. Yes, very much!


misabog's picture
misabog
25/01/2018 23:21
Serbia
Liverpool
319

One missed. Yes, very much!

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

Not I didn´t knwo the menaning of cautioned but now i know that is when referee show the yellow card Is´nt it?


ProfeMarcos's picture
ProfeMarcos
17/12/2017 21:06
Uruguay
Manchester City
103

Not I didn´t knwo the menaning of cautioned but now i know that is when referee show the yellow card Is´nt it?

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Goals

Complete these activities and you will:

Learn and practise 10 words related to officiating.

Glossary

Tricky spelling:

It's 'referee' NOT 'refferee' or 'referree'!