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Players

Players

How well do you know football vocabulary?

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

  1. captain
  2. centre-backs
  3. defenders
  4. full-backs
  5. goalkeeper
  6. midfielders
  7. strikers
  8. substitute
  9. team
  10. wingers

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

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

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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Rath6180
02/12/2022
GB
215
points

Done great on the quiz, I know my players.


Rath6180
02/12/2022 11:07
United Kingdom
Liverpool
215

Done great on the quiz, I know my players.

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JoeL
12/10/2022
IT
111
points

I feel very confident at this level.


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JoeL
12/10/2022 09:50
Italy
Liverpool
111

I feel very confident at this level.

ghassan jaradat
18/08/2022
PS
93
points

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ghassan jaradat
18/08/2022 12:09
Palestinian Territory
Arsenal
93

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uberargolo@gmail.com
12/07/2022
BR
152
points

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12/07/2022 20:55
Brazil
Arsenal
152

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MRG1980PYM
18/05/2022
CO
93
points

These English learning exercises based on something that is as popular all over the world as football is quite fun and very didactic... What a great goal from the Premier League and the British Council for those of us who want to speak a second language.


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MRG1980PYM
18/05/2022 04:50
Colombia
Liverpool
93

These English learning exercises based on something that is as popular all over the world as football is quite fun and very didactic... What a great goal from the Premier League and the British Council for those of us who want to speak a second language.

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jsantodo2
27/03/2022
CO
70
points

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jsantodo2
27/03/2022 17:11
Colombia
Chelsea
70

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Selecte86
14/03/2022
CN
101
points

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Selecte86
14/03/2022 11:35
China
Liverpool
101

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14/02/2022
CN
738
points

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14/02/2022 14:01
China
Manchester United
738

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07/02/2022
FR
102
points

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07/02/2022 20:20
France
Manchester United
102

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19/01/2022
PL
296
points

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19/01/2022 14:46
Poland
Manchester United
296

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Roberto Avelar
28/10/2021
BR
110
points

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Roberto Avelar
28/10/2021 00:45
Brazil
Manchester City
110

Yes, all the questions has right.
Yes, these words help me.

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Taher Koshen
20/09/2021
SO
355
points

Thanks very much for these wonderful lessons. I would like to know deeply these positions with numbers. Like goalkeeper (1), Striker (9). Please let me know this?


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Taher Koshen
20/09/2021 12:20
Somalia
Chelsea
355

Thanks very much for these wonderful lessons. I would like to know deeply these positions with numbers. Like goalkeeper (1), Striker (9). Please let me know this?

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admin
21/09/2021
GB
560
points

Hi Taher

Originally, the numbers 1-11 indicated positions on the pitch, but the modern game is different and sometimes the players wear their favourite number.  Number 1 is still almost always the starting goalkeeper and 2-5 are often defenders. The higher numbers are the forwards with numbers 9 and 10 often being the strikers. 

Thanks

Jack


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admin
21/09/2021 15:31
United Kingdom
Arsenal
560

Hi Taher

Originally, the numbers 1-11 indicated positions on the pitch, but the modern game is different and sometimes the players wear their favourite number.  Number 1 is still almost always the starting goalkeeper and 2-5 are often defenders. The higher numbers are the forwards with numbers 9 and 10 often being the strikers. 

Thanks

Jack

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Muhammad Mahdi
12/09/2021
IR
10
points

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Muhammad Mahdi
12/09/2021 04:09
Iran
Liverpool
10

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06/09/2021
VN
24
points

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06/09/2021 17:53
Vietnam
Arsenal
24

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20/07/2021
CH
118
points

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20/07/2021 15:59
Switzerland
Manchester City
118

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30/05/2021
TR
15
points

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30/05/2021 10:20
Turkey
Manchester United
15

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24/05/2021
BR
89
points

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24/05/2021 19:12
Brazil
Manchester United
89

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Gabriel Amaral
22/04/2021
BR
1512
points

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Gabriel Amaral
22/04/2021 15:47
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

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24/05/2021
BR
89
points

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24/05/2021 19:12
Brazil
Manchester United
89

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steve sina
15/04/2021
CM
68
points

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steve sina
15/04/2021 13:19
Cameroon
Liverpool
68

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29/03/2021
BR
61
points

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29/03/2021 17:22
Brazil
Manchester City
61

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11/03/2021
GB
-7975
points

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11/03/2021 09:34
United Kingdom
Manchester United
-7975

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eugenpetcu12
10/02/2021
RO
152
points

Who agrees that Roberto Carlos was the best full-back for Real Madrid?


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eugenpetcu12
10/02/2021 13:05
Romania
Chelsea
152

Who agrees that Roberto Carlos was the best full-back for Real Madrid?

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22/01/2021
PE
76
points

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22/01/2021 17:00
Peru
Wolverhampton Wanderers
76

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Giammi76
18/01/2021
IT
83
points

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18/01/2021 07:41
Italy
Liverpool
83

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15/11/2020
PL
349
points

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15/11/2020 15:56
Poland
Chelsea
349

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marynchukdenys1984
14/11/2020
UA
272
points

Thanks a lot for the lesson. These English football words are very important. Best Regards


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marynchukdenys1984
14/11/2020 08:50
Ukraine
Liverpool
272

Thanks a lot for the lesson. These English football words are very important. Best Regards

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Rich
16/11/2020
ES
594
points

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Rich
16/11/2020 13:19
Spain
Liverpool
594

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marynchukdenys1984
13/11/2020
UA
272
points

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marynchukdenys1984
13/11/2020 16:59
Ukraine
Liverpool
272

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kayboy19
16/10/2020
KH
95
points

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kayboy19
16/10/2020 06:32
Cambodia
Liverpool
95

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14/10/2020
FR
75
points

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14/10/2020 08:32
France
Tottenham Hotspur
75

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GilsonCamargo
17/09/2020
BR
83
points

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GilsonCamargo
17/09/2020 23:57
Brazil
Manchester United
83

Nice

Joaneta
04/09/2020
ES
61
points

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04/09/2020 11:43
Spain
Liverpool
61

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Dasilva
18/08/2020
BR
76
points

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Dasilva
18/08/2020 03:45
Brazil
Chelsea
76

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Paulo Junior
17/08/2020
BR
21
points

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Paulo Junior
17/08/2020 18:16
Brazil
Liverpool
21

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Khinnyeinchan
12/08/2020
MM
38
points

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Khinnyeinchan
12/08/2020 08:19
Myanmar
Arsenal
38

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Dasilva
11/08/2020
BR
76
points

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Dasilva
11/08/2020 14:58
Brazil
Chelsea
76

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marcelinho04
05/08/2020
BR
42
points

Yes it does help, specially to avoid confusion between centre backs and full backs. Thanks


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marcelinho04
05/08/2020 08:44
Brazil
Manchester United
42

Yes it does help, specially to avoid confusion between centre backs and full backs. Thanks

Yarik
19/07/2020
UA
37
points

Yes, i got all the questions right.


Yarik
19/07/2020 12:36
Ukraine
Manchester City
37

Yes, i got all the questions right.

Faisalonka
17/07/2020
SA
30
points

Very useful words


Faisalonka
17/07/2020 08:31
Saudi Arabia
Chelsea
30

Very useful words

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elvis aliaga vargas
07/07/2020
CL
129
points

very good


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elvis aliaga vargas
07/07/2020 00:37
Chile
Leicester City
129

very good

MengA
20/06/2020
GE
-312
points

The great quiz! I don't understand why the word "full-backs" is needed.


MengA
20/06/2020 15:59
Georgia
Liverpool
-312

The great quiz! I don't understand why the word "full-backs" is needed.

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mobeckham
04/06/2020
TR
6473
points

My position on the pitch is an attacking-midfielder and sometimes I play as a winger


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mobeckham
04/06/2020 00:21
Turkey
Manchester United
6473

My position on the pitch is an attacking-midfielder and sometimes I play as a winger

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

Centre-backs and full-backs were confusing for me but now I knew the difference :)


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mobeckham
03/06/2020 23:54
Turkey
Manchester United
6473

Centre-backs and full-backs were confusing for me but now I knew the difference :)

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juanda_1203
22/05/2020
CO
18
points

I like a lot of the questions, specially when a person is learning english, and more when you like the soccer


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juanda_1203
22/05/2020 01:34
Colombia
Manchester City
18

I like a lot of the questions, specially when a person is learning english, and more when you like the soccer

Vitor Augusto
13/05/2020
BR
62
points

Yes, I got all the questions right. I think that exercise will help me at FIFA 20, in my carreer with Oldham Athletic.


Vitor Augusto
13/05/2020 23:25
Brazil
Manchester United
62

Yes, I got all the questions right. I think that exercise will help me at FIFA 20, in my carreer with Oldham Athletic.

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Bigmantony
10/05/2020
NG
33
points

Was confused on the fullback at first


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Bigmantony
10/05/2020 08:34
Nigeria
Manchester United
33

Was confused on the fullback at first

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Agitama
17/04/2020
ID
11
points

Actually i'm Barca fan, but i really enjoyed to watch Premier League games. Every match always unpredictable, the giant teams are not always win the game.


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Agitama
17/04/2020 19:24
Indonesia
Wolverhampton Wanderers
11

Actually i'm Barca fan, but i really enjoyed to watch Premier League games. Every match always unpredictable, the giant teams are not always win the game.

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Alisson Backer
30/03/2020
ID
11
points

I'm clean sheet guys


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Alisson Backer
30/03/2020 04:23
Indonesia
Liverpool
11

I'm clean sheet guys

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Goals

Complete these activities and you will:

Learn and practise 10 words used to talk about football players and positions.

Glossary

Tricky spelling: It's 'captain' not 'captian'!