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Easy: Fair Play

Easy: Fair Play

Premier Vocabulary is a mini-podcast for you to learn football English one word at a time. We have three different levels for you: easy, medium and hard.

This episode is easy so we’re looking at common football words and phrases. Things you use and need to know to play the game.

Summary

Learn more football vocabulary with Premier Skills English. Each lesson in our Premier Vocabulary section looks at one football word or phrase. This lesson looks at the phrase fair play

You can find more lessons on the side of this page.

Transcript

Rich: Hello my name’s Rich and welcome to Premier Skills English - Premier Vocabulary.

Jack: Hi there! I’m Jack. We’re here to help you with your football English. Premier Vocabulary is a mini-podcast for you to learn football English one word at a time. 

Rich: Don’t forget you can always find the transcript for all our podcasts on the Premier Skills English website. We have three different levels for you: easy, medium and hard.

Jack: This episode is easy so we’re looking at common football words and phrases; things you use and need to know to play the game.


Rich: The phrase we are looking at in this episode is: fair play.

Jack: We see fair play written a lot around the pitch at the beginning of matches and we often see it on player’s shirts, too.

Rich: What does it really mean?

Jack: Fair play means playing a game in an honest and truthful way - always following the rules. Nobody should cheat or try to trick the referee. 

Rich: So, it means tackling another player fairly - not fouling your opponent. 

Jack: Yes, it means this - it’s the referee’s job to ensure fair play on the pitch and make sure that the game stops when there is a foul.

Rich: But it’s also about not cheating. Players shouldn’t dive when they haven’t been touched or roll around on the floor a hundred times when they are tackled. This is not fair play.

Jack: Yes, this is not fair play. When players do this they are often trying to trick the referee and get an unfair advantage.

Rich: I suppose fair play is also about more than just tackles on the pitch and it’s often about things that are not written in the rules - things connected to the idea of respect and respecting the opposition.

Jack: Can you think of any examples of fair play?

Rich: What about when a player is injured and the other team kick it out of play? That is an example of fair play.

Jack: I remember years ago when a player called Paulo Di Canio caught the ball instead of putting it in the net because the goalkeeper was injured.

Rich: I remember that. I think he won some kind of fair play award - I’m not sure how many people would do it in the same situation.

Jack: Yes, so fair play is about respecting the opposition and making sure that neither team has an unfair advantage.


Rich: Liverpool not only won the Premier League last season.

Jack: Oh no? What else did they win?

Rich: They won the fair play league, too. The Premier League Fair Play table counts up how many yellow and red card a team gets during a season.

Jack: And Liverpool got the fewest? Fair play to them.

Rich: Other than the fair play table another useful collocation is financial fair play or financial fair play regulations.

Jack: This was introduced by UEFA to stop clubs from spending too much money on player transfers and wages.

Rich: Clubs need to make sure they only spend what they earn to make things fair.

Jack: So we need to have fair play on and off the pitch.


Rich: There is the final whistle!

Jack: We’ll be back soon with more Premier Vocabulary from Premier Skills English.

Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football. 

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Why is it important to teach children about fair play?

Can you think of an example of fair play on the pitch?

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hsn's picture
hsn
18/11/2020
TR
1396
points

Why is it important to teach children about fair play? Because it will be their future life style which included to be honest and truthful, to help needed people, being self-neglect and tolerant of faults.

Can you think of an example of fair play on the pitch? My team Beşiktaş at a friendly match scored a goal but other team players object of it. Because one of their player had been injured and referee hadn't see him when goal happened. They were right. After kick-off of the other team Beşiktaş players didn.touch the ball and let them to equalize.


hsn's picture
hsn
18/11/2020 17:46
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
1396

Why is it important to teach children about fair play? Because it will be their future life style which included to be honest and truthful, to help needed people, being self-neglect and tolerant of faults.

Can you think of an example of fair play on the pitch? My team Beşiktaş at a friendly match scored a goal but other team players object of it. Because one of their player had been injured and referee hadn't see him when goal happened. They were right. After kick-off of the other team Beşiktaş players didn.touch the ball and let them to equalize.

Naldo24
14/11/2020
PE
35
points

It is very important for establishing good quality in the matches. Also, respect for the opponent should be the most important. So, people who practice fair play become better persons on the match and in their society and this attitude gives an extra value when any team reaches a goal.


Naldo24
14/11/2020 02:25
Peru
Liverpool
35

It is very important for establishing good quality in the matches. Also, respect for the opponent should be the most important. So, people who practice fair play become better persons on the match and in their society and this attitude gives an extra value when any team reaches a goal.

erickpgd
05/11/2020
MX
18
points

I thought that is very important, because if they learn play honestly they never wont try to trick the referee and probably the VAR could disappear.


erickpgd
05/11/2020 02:54
Mexico
Manchester City
18

I thought that is very important, because if they learn play honestly they never wont try to trick the referee and probably the VAR could disappear.

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mobeckham
04/11/2020
TR
5488
points

A very simple example is to kick the ball out if any player is injured from your or your opponent’s side.
Also , to shake hands with opponents after the final whistle is a good model for kids and fans that professional footballers and superstars respect their opponents so they should follow their footsteps.


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mobeckham
04/11/2020 20:07
Turkey
Manchester United
5488

A very simple example is to kick the ball out if any player is injured from your or your opponent’s side.
Also , to shake hands with opponents after the final whistle is a good model for kids and fans that professional footballers and superstars respect their opponents so they should follow their footsteps.

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
04/11/2020
TR
5488
points

It’s so important to teach kids fair play to build their character and by teaching them to accept losing as well as winning because lose is a part of the game and to play fairly without any hard or dangerous tackles.
Also , it’s vital to teach him to respect opponents by role modelling that.


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mobeckham
04/11/2020 20:05
Turkey
Manchester United
5488

It’s so important to teach kids fair play to build their character and by teaching them to accept losing as well as winning because lose is a part of the game and to play fairly without any hard or dangerous tackles.
Also , it’s vital to teach him to respect opponents by role modelling that.

Ayoub BOUGUERRA
30/10/2020
DZ
2
points

On the pitch fair play could be seen by showing respect to the opponent and to the rules of the game.


Ayoub BOUGUERRA
30/10/2020 14:13
Algeria
Arsenal
2

On the pitch fair play could be seen by showing respect to the opponent and to the rules of the game.

Ayoub BOUGUERRA
30/10/2020
DZ
2
points

It is important to teach and educate children about fair play because they are the future of the game and to guarantee a beautiful football in the future.


Ayoub BOUGUERRA
30/10/2020 14:08
Algeria
Arsenal
2

It is important to teach and educate children about fair play because they are the future of the game and to guarantee a beautiful football in the future.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
30/10/2020
UA
5380
points

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ohw7lOm9Sw&ab_channel=Bundesliga

Top 10 Fair Play Moments of The Decade 2010-2019 - Great Sportsmanship by Alaba, Hummels & Co. (c)


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
30/10/2020 01:23
Ukraine
Liverpool
5380

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ohw7lOm9Sw&ab_channel=Bundesliga

Top 10 Fair Play Moments of The Decade 2010-2019 - Great Sportsmanship by Alaba, Hummels & Co. (c)

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
30/10/2020
UA
5380
points

The UEFA Respect Fair Play ranking was used by UEFA from 1995 to the 2015–16 season to grant three berths for the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. Since that time it has granted a monetary prize to winning associations. (c)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEFA_Respect_Fair_Play_ranking

 


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
30/10/2020 01:13
Ukraine
Liverpool
5380

The UEFA Respect Fair Play ranking was used by UEFA from 1995 to the 2015–16 season to grant three berths for the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. Since that time it has granted a monetary prize to winning associations. (c)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEFA_Respect_Fair_Play_ranking

 

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
30/10/2020
UA
5380
points

Teaching children what fair play means is necessary because then when they become grown-ups standing fair will be in their blood.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
30/10/2020 01:00
Ukraine
Liverpool
5380

Teaching children what fair play means is necessary because then when they become grown-ups standing fair will be in their blood.

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