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Refereeing a Match

Refereeing a Match

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. assistant referee
  2. flag
  3. foul
  4. fourth official
  5. handball
  6. offside
  7. red card
  8. referee
  9. whistle
  10. yellow card

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

Refereeing a match can be difficult sometimes.

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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Rich's picture
Rich
19/11/2017
ES
594
points

Thanks Georgiana!

We hope you and your students find the material useful!

Rich - The Premier SKills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
19/11/2017 15:17
Spain
Liverpool
594

Thanks Georgiana!

We hope you and your students find the material useful!

Rich - The Premier SKills English Team

nessbenites
15/11/2017
PE
106
points

enjoying!


nessbenites
15/11/2017 01:22
Peru
Tottenham Hotspur
106

enjoying!

tacla
10/11/2017
VN
14
points

Great! it's interesting to learn new words


tacla
10/11/2017 07:38
Vietnam
Chelsea
14

Great! it's interesting to learn new words

admin's picture
admin
10/11/2017
GB
560
points

We're very happy that you found it interesting!


admin's picture
admin
10/11/2017 08:26
United Kingdom
Arsenal
560

We're very happy that you found it interesting!

jmesav92
23/10/2017
CO
297
points

I like the significate of offside en English!


jmesav92
23/10/2017 16:47
Colombia
Chelsea
297

I like the significate of offside en English!

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Mahmoud Rady
13/08/2017
EG
24
points

Cool


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Mahmoud Rady
13/08/2017 12:35
Egypt
Manchester United
24

Cool

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RafaelRC
03/04/2017
BR
663
points

Cool. The quiz is good


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RafaelRC
03/04/2017 00:56
Brazil
Arsenal
663

Cool. The quiz is good

Asurada's picture
Asurada
14/03/2017
CN
386
points

The phrasebook defines a fourth official as ' He decides how much injury time to add on'. However, the wiki said that a fourth official ' Notifying the teams and spectators, by means of numbered boards or electronic displays where supplied, of the amount of time added on at the end of each half, after having been advised of this by the referee'. So is the referee in effect deciding the amount of time added on?


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Asurada
14/03/2017 12:58
China
Arsenal
386

The phrasebook defines a fourth official as ' He decides how much injury time to add on'. However, the wiki said that a fourth official ' Notifying the teams and spectators, by means of numbered boards or electronic displays where supplied, of the amount of time added on at the end of each half, after having been advised of this by the referee'. So is the referee in effect deciding the amount of time added on?

Rich's picture
Rich
14/03/2017
ES
594
points

Hi Asurada

You have made a very good point and you are right, it is the referee who decides the amount of injury time although the fourth official and an assistant keep a record of stoppages. Here is a link to an article on the BBC that has much more detail than this vocabulary article ever could. 

http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/20159223

Thanks for your message

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
14/03/2017 14:43
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Asurada

You have made a very good point and you are right, it is the referee who decides the amount of injury time although the fourth official and an assistant keep a record of stoppages. Here is a link to an article on the BBC that has much more detail than this vocabulary article ever could. 

http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/20159223

Thanks for your message

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Asurada's picture
Asurada
14/03/2017
CN
386
points

Hi Rich

Thank you very much!And the article is helpful!
Hope you have a nice day : )


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Asurada
14/03/2017 16:21
China
Arsenal
386

Hi Rich

Thank you very much!And the article is helpful!
Hope you have a nice day : )

baki333
23/12/2016
BA
310
points

cool


baki333
23/12/2016 22:08
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Chelsea
310

cool

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Ferhad
17/11/2016
AZ
24
points

8/10 not bad


Ferhad's picture
Ferhad
17/11/2016 18:15
Azerbaijan
Liverpool
24

8/10 not bad

MOHAMMED11
08/08/2016
AE
33
points

i learnt from the quiz many things


MOHAMMED11
08/08/2016 12:30
United Arab Emirates
Chelsea
33

i learnt from the quiz many things

Viet Pham
16/07/2016
VN
49
points

awesome


Viet Pham
16/07/2016 10:00
Vietnam
Chelsea
49

awesome

GUGUN
09/07/2016
ID
223
points

Good job! I got those right


GUGUN
09/07/2016 14:56
Indonesia
Manchester United
223

Good job! I got those right

englishman
15/06/2016
DZ
1734
points

Thank you


englishman
15/06/2016 13:48
Algeria
Manchester City
1734

Thank you

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kwesimanifest
23/05/2016
GH
4768
points

Being a referee for a match is a great responsibility and it requires diligence and attention


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
23/05/2016 07:40
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

Being a referee for a match is a great responsibility and it requires diligence and attention

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HakanUslu1881
06/03/2016
TR
1761
points

It is simple.


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HakanUslu1881
06/03/2016 20:02
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

It is simple.

haydi's picture
haydi
29/02/2016
TN
3189
points

Football vocabulary becomes more familiar progressively; nice!


haydi's picture
haydi
29/02/2016 13:09
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

Football vocabulary becomes more familiar progressively; nice!

Tigrann
01/02/2016
AM
328
points

very easy


Tigrann
01/02/2016 19:44
Armenia
Southampton
328

very easy

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jinlee
12/01/2016
VN
260
points

yay haaha


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jinlee
12/01/2016 09:48
Vietnam
Chelsea
260

yay haaha

Qais
11/01/2016
MY
109
points

it is very good quizs to learn


Qais
11/01/2016 18:33
Malaysia
Arsenal
109

it is very good quizs to learn

tonucatien
04/01/2016
VN
271
points

- What does "second-last opponent" mean? (in sentence "A player is in an offside position if he is nearer to his opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent." - Phrase book)
- I think the sentence about offside in the quiz is correct, in phrase book is not.
- I think handball is when a player touches the ball, not matter how deliberately or incidentally.
- The fourth official doesn't decides how much extra time, he decides injury time (I learned it in earlier lesson).


tonucatien
04/01/2016 08:12
Vietnam
Liverpool
271

- What does "second-last opponent" mean? (in sentence "A player is in an offside position if he is nearer to his opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent." - Phrase book)
- I think the sentence about offside in the quiz is correct, in phrase book is not.
- I think handball is when a player touches the ball, not matter how deliberately or incidentally.
- The fourth official doesn't decides how much extra time, he decides injury time (I learned it in earlier lesson).

Rich's picture
Rich
04/01/2016
ES
594
points

Hi Tonucatien,

  1. Second-last means the one before the last one. For example, if the ball is played forward and an attacking player is further forward than all the defenders but not the goalkeeper (the last defender) he is offside. 
  2. Both the quiz and the phrasebook questions are correct. The phrasebook explanation is more specific than the quiz question.
  3. Handball is only seen as a foul when it is deliberate. You can see more here http://www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/laws/football-11-11/law-1...
  4. Officially, extra-time is in cup games when there are 30 extra minutes and like you say injury time is usually 2 or 3 minutes that is decided by the referee att he end of each half. Informally, we sometimes call injury time extra time which can be a bit confusing smiley

Thanks for your comments and I hope you are enjoying the website.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
04/01/2016 12:30
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Tonucatien,

  1. Second-last means the one before the last one. For example, if the ball is played forward and an attacking player is further forward than all the defenders but not the goalkeeper (the last defender) he is offside. 
  2. Both the quiz and the phrasebook questions are correct. The phrasebook explanation is more specific than the quiz question.
  3. Handball is only seen as a foul when it is deliberate. You can see more here http://www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/laws/football-11-11/law-1...
  4. Officially, extra-time is in cup games when there are 30 extra minutes and like you say injury time is usually 2 or 3 minutes that is decided by the referee att he end of each half. Informally, we sometimes call injury time extra time which can be a bit confusing smiley

Thanks for your comments and I hope you are enjoying the website.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

tonucatien
05/01/2016
VN
271
points

Thank you, Rich.
1. Now I understand the word "second-last"
2. I will read the phrase book again to check and reply.
3. If a player touches the ball in penalty area, no matter deliberate or accident, there will be a penalty, right?
4. OK.
Yes, I like this website. I try to take times to visit and learn everyday. Thank you for your support.
Cat Tien


tonucatien
05/01/2016 10:40
Vietnam
Liverpool
271

Thank you, Rich.
1. Now I understand the word "second-last"
2. I will read the phrase book again to check and reply.
3. If a player touches the ball in penalty area, no matter deliberate or accident, there will be a penalty, right?
4. OK.
Yes, I like this website. I try to take times to visit and learn everyday. Thank you for your support.
Cat Tien

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tokomoney
07/12/2015
GE
352
points

10 points : )) It was easy, but very interesting : )) Thank you : ))


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tokomoney
07/12/2015 12:02
Georgia
Manchester City
352

10 points : )) It was easy, but very interesting : )) Thank you : ))

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MUGEMANYI
19/11/2015
RW
2320
points

Understandable lesson!


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MUGEMANYI
19/11/2015 17:47
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Understandable lesson!

nikosonris
16/11/2015
UA
2453
points

Refereeing vocabulary quiz is now quite easy for me and it's all thanks to your exercises and activities!


nikosonris
16/11/2015 14:21
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Refereeing vocabulary quiz is now quite easy for me and it's all thanks to your exercises and activities!

Natka
09/11/2015
RU
279
points

9 of 10. Good practice! I undestood what "offside" is)


Natka
09/11/2015 07:22
Russia
Chelsea
279

9 of 10. Good practice! I undestood what "offside" is)

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aragorn1986
25/10/2015
ME
3557
points

Well, this one was easy:-)


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aragorn1986
25/10/2015 11:29
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Well, this one was easy:-)

Noka's picture
Noka
17/10/2015
AL
250
points

yess


Noka's picture
Noka
17/10/2015 09:26
Albania
Manchester City
250

yess

Salloum's picture
Salloum
26/09/2015
SY
1308
points

Ten points


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Salloum
26/09/2015 23:04
Syria
Manchester United
1308

Ten points

Abdallah
22/09/2015
KW
1814
points

Good words and easy


Abdallah
22/09/2015 10:02
Kuwait
Chelsea
1814

Good words and easy

hachani mostapha
18/09/2015
DZ
241
points

great activity thank you


hachani mostapha
18/09/2015 18:50
Algeria
Tottenham Hotspur
241

great activity thank you

Toni
09/09/2015
MX
68
points

very well


Toni
09/09/2015 20:36
Mexico
Manchester United
68

very well

chriswar
21/08/2015
PL
44
points

I had 10 of 10.


chriswar
21/08/2015 12:10
Poland
Leicester City
44

I had 10 of 10.

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Aymenbl_96
15/08/2015
DZ
0
points

I've learnt more from this quiz.


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Aymenbl_96
15/08/2015 16:22
Algeria
Liverpool
0

I've learnt more from this quiz.

rached ro
03/07/2015
DZ
0
points

its maizing


rached ro
03/07/2015 11:59
Algeria
Chelsea
0

its maizing

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K.Jelali
12/05/2015
TN
0
points

Nice


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K.Jelali
12/05/2015 10:42
Tunisia
Southampton
0

Nice

mkoriev
26/04/2015
UZ
813
points

yahooooooooooooooo!


mkoriev
26/04/2015 10:43
Uzbekistan
Manchester City
813

yahooooooooooooooo!

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Sofiene
11/03/2015
TN
2
points

10/10


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Sofiene
11/03/2015 18:15
Tunisia
Arsenal
2

10/10

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Alkadasi
02/01/2015
YE
0
points

ten points


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Alkadasi
02/01/2015 21:17
Yemen
Manchester City
0

ten points

Anec's picture
Anec
17/06/2014
LK
0
points

Learning English and football in this way is kind a interesting.


Anec's picture
Anec
17/06/2014 04:52
Sri Lanka
Chelsea
0

Learning English and football in this way is kind a interesting.

Pocoyo's picture
Pocoyo
15/06/2014
MY
0
points

I've learnt more from this quiz.


Pocoyo's picture
Pocoyo
15/06/2014 08:27
Malaysia
Manchester United
0

I've learnt more from this quiz.

Leaderboard

Top Scorers
RankNameScore
1mobeckham6510
2Alex_from_Ukraine6292
3hsn5533
4wsanta5086
5kwesimanifest4768
6Liubomyr4408
7elghoul3988
8assemjuve3705
9aragorn19863557
10Gergő Nagy3396
Country ranking
RankNameScore
1Colombia71520
2Ukraine33416
3Spain28630
4Serbia27294
5Brazil22773
6Albania20578
7Vietnam19992
8Turkey19886
9Macedonia19074
10Bosnia and Herzegovina16333
Club ranking
RankNameScore
1Manchester United142518
2Liverpool110076
3Chelsea89284
4Arsenal85416
5Manchester City57418
6Tottenham Hotspur19085
7Newcastle United10506
8West Ham United7536
9AFC Bournemouth4548
10Crystal Palace4470

Level

2
Average: 2 (1 vote)

Goals

Complete these activities and you will:

Learn and practise 10 words related to refereeing a football match.

Glossary

Tricky spelling:

It's 'assistant referee' NOT 'asisstant referee' or 'assistent referee'!