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Soccer vocab in English Posted by on Jun 30, 2018 in English Vocabulary, sports

Hello, my people!

Since mid-June, the whole world has been tuning in to keep up with the 2018 World Cup in Russia! How about you? So how about we take this opportunity to learn some soccer vocabulary. This way, you will be prepared for the upcoming games, root for your country or just watch the games to practice! Let’s score!

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The building with an open area where the game takes place:

  • The Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow is the biggest in the country.


The shirt worn by the team members:

  • When the player scored a goal, he kissed his jersey and waved at the crowd.

first half 

second half 

Respectively, the first and second part of a soccer match:

  • The team was off its game during first half, but picked up its pace over second half.


The grass area used to play sports:

  • The player was red-carded and had to leave the field.


The sphere-shaped object used to play:

Neymar passed the ball to Coutinho.


Someone who participates in the game:

  • Cristiano Ronaldo is considered one of the best players in the world.


A group of players

to support 

To want a team to win:

  • What team do you support?

supporter, fan

People who support a team:

  • Barcelona’s fans packed the stadium for the championship finals.

game, match

The sports competition/event:

  • Who do you think is going to win the match?


A person who controls the game and its rules:

  • When the referee blows the whistle, it is full-time.


A sporting contest:

  • The next World Cup, in 2022, will be in Qatar.


When both teams have the same number of goals in the final result.


The final result of a game:

  • The game ended in a draw, and the final score was 1×1.


The person who trains the sports team:

  • Currently, Brazil’s soccer team coach is Tite.


The points you score in soccer:

  • Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals on his last game.


The structure inside which players must kick the ball to score a goal:

  • The ball hit the posts and bounced back.


To get the most goals in a game:

  • If Brazil wins this Cup, it is going to be a six-time winner.

to suffer a defeat

To lose the game:

  • In the final moments of the game, Germany suffered a defeat against Mexico.


The row of seats where people sit to watch the game:

  • The stands were swarming with fans from all over the country.

to kick, to boot

The action of hitting the ball towards one direction.


The person supposed to stop the ball from crossing the goalposts.


The act of keeping the ball away from the goalposts:

  • Salah miskicked and the goalkeeper was able to save.


To act against the rules in soccer:

  • The referee called a foul when the ball touched the player’s hand.

yellow card

A small yellow card handed to a player when he breaks soccer rules to warn him:

  • Beckhan needs to be careful because he was already handed a yellow card.

red card

A small red card handed to a player when he breaks soccer rules and must leave the field.


  • After knocking down an opponent, the player was handed a red card.


A large board that shows the score of a game:

  • I missed the beginning of the game, what is the score?

This is it! What team are you supporting?

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