Vocabulary Related to Football / Soccer

This is a list of vocabulary items related to Football / Soccer

Association Football

(also football, soccer, footy, footie.) A game played between two teams of eleven people, where each team tries to win by kicking a ball into the other team's goal.

He's playing football.



one of the players in a team who try to stop players from the other team from scoring goals, rather than trying to score goals themselves. (Compare forward below.)


a kick in football that is taken from the corner of the playing area


a horizontal bar, either the part that forms the top of a goal.

Extra time

(American English overtime)
a period of time in a football game in which play continues if neither team has won in the usual time allowed for the game


to pretend to move, or to make a move, in a particular direction in order to deceive a competitor:

The player feinted to pass the ball and then shot it into the net.


someone who plays football, especially as their job:

professional footballers


a player who is in an attacking position in a team

Free kick

in football, an opportunity to kick the ball without opposition from the other team, which is allowed when a player from the other team has not obeyed one of the rules


the player who stands in the team's goal to try to stop the other team from scoring.

Hat trick

when a player scores three times in the same game, especially in football.


(American English kickoff) the time when a game of football starts, or when it begins again after it has stopped because of a goal, etc.

Penalty area

(also penalty box) in football, the area marked with white lines in front of the goal

Penalty shoot-out

a way of deciding who will win a football game in which both teams finished with the same number of goals, by each team taking turns to have a set number of kicks at the goal

Penalty spot

in football, the place marked with a white spot from which a penalty kick is taken


the post in sports such as football, a goalpost. (That is either of two vertical posts marking the area in which the ball is kicked to score points)

Professional foul

in football, an intentional foul (an act which breaks the rules), especially one which is intended to prevent the other team from scoring a goal.

Red card

in football, a small red card which is shown by the referee ( the official who is responsible for making certain that the rules are followed) to a player who has not obeyed a rule and who is therefore not allowed to continue playing (compare yellow card.)


a person who is in charge of a game and who makes certain that the rules are followed.

Our team only lost the game because the referee was biased.


if a football team is relegated, it is moved down to a lower division.

If Southampton lose again they may be relegated from the Premier League to the First Division.


to win or obtain a point, goal etc. in a competitive activity, such as a sport or game, or in an exam.

Our team scored (a goal) in the last minute of the match.

stoppage time

(also injury time) a period of time added to the end of a sports game because play was stopped during the game to take care of players who were hurt.


the clothing worn by a football team which has the team's colors on it.

The team will be wearing its new strip at next Saturday's match.


to try to take the ball from a player in the other team.

The World Cup

a football competition held every four years between teams from many countries in order to decide which is the best team.

Yellow card

in football, a small yellow card which is shown to a player by the referee (the official who is responsible for making certain the rules are followed) as a warning that the player has not obeyed a rule (compare red card.)


(also field) an area marked for playing particular sports, especially football.

Supporters invaded the pitch / field.

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