Talk about Football in English: Learn the Most Common Words and Phrases in Football

hi everybody I’m Sabrah from love English
so today I have something completely different for you not grammar and not
improve your listening today we’re having a chat about football the
beautiful game the game that makes us cry tears of joy but also tears of
frustration and despair so football has the power to unite people around the
world and this is why it’s very useful to be able to know the basic football
vocabulary so that you can easily start conversations in English and talk about
football and also you can watch English games so today we’re looking at ten
words ten very common words that we use all the time when we talk about football now as you can see I’m wearing a Bournemouth
shirt and this is because I support Bournemouth because I live in Bournemouth
and I’ve lived in Bournemouth for many many years so I support Bournemouth and
the nickname for Bournemouth is the cherries and when we want to support the
cherries we say up the cherries now the other thing is is that I also support
Liverpool because I was born in Liverpool so when you want to know which
football team somebody likes the question is which football team do you
support? which football team do you support and
people will say I support Manchester I support Liverpool I support Chelsea
that is how you would answer now football is loved by many people
all over the world the British love football
the Italians love football the French love football it’s very popular in South
America so it unites people also in parts of Africa it’s extremely popular
now it’s been a big part of British pub culture for hundreds of years
Englishmen love to go and watch the football with their mates in the pub
it’s pretty much one of the cornerstones of British male culture although women
like to do that in the last 50 years women increasingly do that more and more
comment below guys and tell me which football team do you support
and let’s agree now to be nice to each other no hating comments come on peace
and love so number one football is played on a pitch now pitch said with
p for Arabic speakers remember it said with p so football is just
played on a pitch rather than for example a court like tennis is played on
a court football is played on a pitch number two the start of the game is
called kickoff kickoff meaning to begin the game so people might say to each
other what time’s kickoff what time is kickoff meaning what time does the game
start so fun fact about football is that it didn’t actually originate in England
lots of people think that the British invented football but sadly we cannot
take credit for that it was actually first played in China they called it
Tzuchu or Cuju could you please correct me if I’m saying that
wrongly this actually started in China in the second and third century BC
obviously it wasn’t quite the same as football today the British did help the
game to evolve but it first started in China I hear although I’m not sure if
this is correct that the women’s football team in China are actually better
than the men is that true tell me comment below so number three to tackle
now obviously players are trying to get the ball off the opposite side and one
way that they can do this is to tackle now this can mean to slightly push or to
slightly pull and to put pressure on that player to give them the ball so
they might kick the ball away from them and things like that now it’s important
to point out that football is a non-contact sport so if they push
another player and they fall over or things like that or apply too much
pressure so they’re too forceful in the way that they tackle that is not allowed
and so that would result in a foul which is number four however tackling is a
very important part of playing football because that is how you get the ball
back but footballers just have to be a little bit careful about not being too
forceful when they do that so number four is a foul now a foul is when a
player has behaved in a way that is against the rules is breaking the rules
of play so for example it could be that the tackle was too strong they knocked
another player down and lots of other ways that footballers can cheat so when
a player fouls there are different ways that they can be penalized for example
if it’s a minor foul they might just be cautioned which would result in the
other side getting a free kick and we’ll talk in the next one about the different
kinds of kicks that they can have now other things that they can get are of
course a yellow card which is a caution or a red card which means of course
they’ve been sent off so those are fouls and that’s what happens when a player
fouls so ways that players can foul can be that they hold the
player back to try to stop them from moving forward or it could be that
they kick them or it could be that they spit at them or as we said earlier they
tackle them too strongly in too aggressive a way or it could even be that they bite
them we all know about Suarez having a reputation for being a biter
so there are lots of different ways that players can foul now when a player fouls
and they get they actually get a yellow or a red card this is called being
booked they are booked by the referee and the referee will of course record
that and keep track of how many fouls they get so if a player has fouled
within the box the other side will receive a penalty kick meaning that they
can try and take aim at the goals they can try and kick towards the goal the
only other time we use penalty is for penalty shootout now these are very very
tense and exciting and people often quite like it if a match ends up in a
penalty shootout because it’s very very dramatic but of course it’s highly
pressurized for the players lots of big games have ended in lots of drama and
glorious kind of winning with a penalty shootout but also terrible losses so
penalty shootouts number seven corners and throw ins so a corner kick happens
when the goal goes out of play after the goal line so then if it’s the attacking
team that kicked it out they will get a goal kick if it’s the defending team
have kicked the ball out of play then they get a corner kick so number eight
formations this just means where players are positioned on the pitch when they
play the match and different managers try different formations so for example
you could play four four two or four three four and lots of other
combinations now four four two would mean there was four defenders four
midfielders and two forwards Ranieri played this with Leicester
however this is a bit more of an outdated formation and is considered to
be not enough attacking so Man City at the moment are currently playing quite
regularly in four three three so this means three
midfielders three defenders and four forwards
however Chelsea at the moment under Conte are playing four three three
comment below and tell me which formation do you think works
lots of managers try different formations which one do you think is
working at the moment for a team so number nine video action replay so if
they want to check things like penalties goals offsides they can look back at the
recording to see what decision to make about that so there’s been lots of
controversy about this different people have been saying that it can slow the
game and disrupt the game however of course it is a good thing for being more
accurate about certain decisions so var video action replay number 10 the
offside rule something that girls around the world seem to have a problem with
understanding including myself it took me a while to understand the offside
rule this basically means that a player cannot be nearer to the goal than the
ball or the second-last opponent from the defending team so if
the ball is going to be passed to them to the attacking team to score they
would have to pass it backwards they cannot be nearer to the goal than the
second last defender so that is basically the offside rule it does seem
a little complicated but actually when you understand it it’s very simple it
would be too easy if they were that near each other to pass ok everybody that was
football English I hope you found this useful
I hope these phrases are going to come in handy for you in conversations and
when you’re watching matches please comment below and remember to tell me what’s
your favourite football team what football team do you support
what formations do you think work perhaps you can even tell me what your
predictions are for who’s going to win the Champions League thanks for watching
guys see you soon on love English and don’t forget to subscribe

38 thoughts on “Talk about Football in English: Learn the Most Common Words and Phrases in Football

  1. Hello Sabrah, could you make a video of football in which you explain some expression that the commentators often use, I watch national leagues in UK, Spains,…at weekends but lots of phrases or expression I still haven't caught them up yet

  2. I am an American and always hated soccer. But I thought I might travel to the Britain some day so I thought I'd study what they do there for fun. Anyway, I came across English league football. And after looking into it, I found it to be totally awesome. I love relegation and promotion. I am obsessed with all the traditions and history. I enjoy clubs from all four levels. It is a pleasant coincidence that after studying many clubs, I also became a Bournemouth fan. Here are the clubs that I follow:
    1. Bournemouth
    2. Bradford City
    3. Plymouth Argyle
    4. Sheffield Wednesday
    5. Morecombe
    6. Norwich City
    7. Crystal Palace
    8. West Ham
    9. Luton Town
    10. Burton Albion
    11. Queens Park Rangers
    12. Northampton Town
    13. Bury
    14. Newcastle United
    I don't hate any club really. Nothing against the big six, I'm just an underdog at heart. I don't follow other leagues. Not an MLS fan. I now root for England in the WC. Still learning. Teach me the ways of the force.

  3. I support Juventus FC (Turin). The t-shirt has black and white vertical stripes . Our opponents call us "humpbacks".

  4. 😘My gosh Sabrah. You understand the soccer rules better than most of English referees. 😃😃 But, what language do the players speak to the referee? 😇 In "Rossoneri jersey" you're looking like a real soccer player.

  5. Gerrard shooting again, gives to hendersson but unfortunately he missed the ball. Now, back to chelsea, lampard to joe cole, he has an opportunity to shooting but he didn't and now he gives the ball to fernando torres and torres heading the ball and what happening? Look, tha's a wonderful goal and the game is over. Chelsea is new winner of the final the uefa champions league and this is a new story and history as well. Congrats chelsea…..Is my comment correct @sabrah and leila? I always watching english premier league to improving my english vocabulary and listening…greeting from indonesia…❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏💪💪💪💪💪

  6. I support German football club called Borussia Dortmund. It's much more than just team for me, it's literally all my life. Also I like Liverpool, I think these 2 clubs are similar. We are united by Klopp 🥰

  7. Thanks Sabrah … So interesting video… I'm from Algeria, and I support Barcelona team … I have a question Sabrah … Sometimes when a player scores a goal for exemple the goal is from Dyballa … At that moment the commentator says (( cautious from Dyballa )) … So whay does he mean by the word "cautious" in this case ? Thanks again.

  8. I'm not a big football fan. I like driving a subaru impreza then I'm banishing music on the radio and listen to the engine work. I like this 3.45. You could be my navigator

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