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VAR - rule out

Medium: Rule out

Medium: Rule out

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 medium so we’re looking at football words and phrases you need to describe what’s happening on the pitch or words and phrases fans and commentators on TV might use. There are lots of phrasal verbs to learn at this level.

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 rule out

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: We have three different levels for you: easy, medium and hard.

Jack: This episode is medium so we’re looking at football words and phrases you need to describe what’s happening on the pitch or words and phrases fans and commentators on TV might use. There will be lots of phrasal verbs to learn at this level.


Rich: The phrase we are looking at in this episode is rule out.

Jack: This phrasal verb can be used in a couple of different ways to talk about football and can be used in more general contexts.

Rich: Let’s start by looking at a couple of examples of how it is used in football.

Jack: One meaning of to rule out is to stop someone from doing something.

Rich: We often use rule out when a player is stopped or prevented from playing. Listen to these examples:

Jack: Aguero has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

Rich: Rashford has been ruled out of tonight’s game.

Jack: In both these examples, rule out tells us that the players have been prevented from playing. The most common reason that stops someone playing is injury.

Rich: Aguero’s knee injury has ruled him out for the rest of the season.

Jack: But it might also be a suspension following a red card or too many yellow cards.

Rich: Rashford has been ruled out of tonight’s game through suspension.

Jack: To rule out can be used to describe someone being stopped from doing something but it can also describe stopping something from happening.

Rich: Referees or, these days, VAR rule out goals that have been scored. 

Jack: A goal will be ruled out for a number of reasons. The most common reason for a goal to be ruled out are fouls and offside.

Rich: To rule out in this situation means the same as not given and disallow.


Jack: We can also rule out in more general English. It can be used to say that something is not possible or that something or someone is not suitable.

Rich: The police might rule out a suspect from their enquiries because he or she has got an alibi.

Jack: Yes, if a suspect has proof they were not near a crime when it happened they will be ruled out of the investigation.

Rich: When governments or businesses discuss new projects they might decide what things to spend money on and what to rule out.

Jack: They may rule projects out because they are too difficult or expensive.

Rich: When businesses interview people they may decide to recruit or rule people out based on experience and qualifications.

Jack: People should never be ruled out based on their age, gender or race but unfortunately this still happens sometimes.

Rich: Football managers recruit new players and decide who to buy and who to rule out. 

Jack: A manager might rule out buying a new attacker if he or she feels they have enough strikers in the squad already or the club hasn’t enough money to buy one.


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. 

Discuss

  • Can you remember a goal that was incorrectly ruled out?
  • Which player should your club rule out buying?

Write your answers in the comments section below.

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Michaelsun
22/02/2022
CN
738
points

Roma‘s goal with inter was incorrectly ruled out.


Michaelsun
22/02/2022 14:35
China
Manchester United
738

Roma‘s goal with inter was incorrectly ruled out.

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Gabriel Amaral
17/05/2021
BR
1512
points

Yes, I can: Frank Lampard's goal for England against Germany in 2010 FIFA World Cup.
I prefer not to say...


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Gabriel Amaral
17/05/2021 17:32
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

Yes, I can: Frank Lampard's goal for England against Germany in 2010 FIFA World Cup.
I prefer not to say...

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hsn
10/02/2021
TR
5350
points

I don't remember a specific goal. But I know that there are many examples of incorrectly ruled out goals even there is V.A.R. system.

In the end human decide whether it’s goal or not in a few seconds by what she/he caught sight of the position although technology helps her/him.

All of these are ordinary things which are happening in the football.


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hsn
10/02/2021 17:58
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5350

I don't remember a specific goal. But I know that there are many examples of incorrectly ruled out goals even there is V.A.R. system.

In the end human decide whether it’s goal or not in a few seconds by what she/he caught sight of the position although technology helps her/him.

All of these are ordinary things which are happening in the football.

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Alex_from_Ukraine
28/09/2020
UA
6220
points

When I'm not sure about anything 100 percent I try to never rule out any different from mine outcome. So, I rarely argue about anything, maybe just for fun.  


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Alex_from_Ukraine
28/09/2020 12:45
Ukraine
Liverpool
6220

When I'm not sure about anything 100 percent I try to never rule out any different from mine outcome. So, I rarely argue about anything, maybe just for fun.  

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Alex_from_Ukraine
28/09/2020
UA
6220
points

The little probable today's victory of Arsenal against Liverpool cannot, nevertheless, be fully ruled out.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
28/09/2020 12:40
Ukraine
Liverpool
6220

The little probable today's victory of Arsenal against Liverpool cannot, nevertheless, be fully ruled out.

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mobeckham
16/08/2020
TR
6473
points

I think Jadon Sancho because there are lots of confirmation from Broussia Dortmund that they will offer him a new contract and he will continue there next year.
So I think we should go for plan B.


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mobeckham
16/08/2020 17:38
Turkey
Manchester United
6473

I think Jadon Sancho because there are lots of confirmation from Broussia Dortmund that they will offer him a new contract and he will continue there next year.
So I think we should go for plan B.

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mobeckham
16/08/2020
TR
6473
points

The goal that I’ll never forget is that Lampard’s goal vs Germany in World Cup 2014 and it was ruled out because the referee claimed that the ball didn’t pass the goal line but it definitely did pass it. It was a very weird decision.


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mobeckham
16/08/2020 17:36
Turkey
Manchester United
6473

The goal that I’ll never forget is that Lampard’s goal vs Germany in World Cup 2014 and it was ruled out because the referee claimed that the ball didn’t pass the goal line but it definitely did pass it. It was a very weird decision.

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