Footy Vocab and Pharses

Here is a list of words and phrases I may use in my writing that you might not know what they mean:

Footy- football (soccer)

Brace- when a player scores two goals it is called a brace.

Hat-trick- when a player scores three goals it is called a hat-trick.

Cracker (of a goal)- a spectacular goal.

Set Piece- a throw in, goal kick, free kick, penalty kick, or corner kick

Penalty Kick- a free shot that is awarded when a player is fouled in the box that is taken from the penalty spot. All other players other than the penalty taker and the opposing goalkeeper have to stand outside the box.

Free Kick- a free shot awarded outside of the box. Players are allowed to stand in front of the shot if they are a certain distance away.

Possession- the amount of time one team has control of the ball.

Penalty Shout- when players yell for a penalty to be called, but was not awarded by the ref.

The Box- the penalty box

Touchline- the sideline

Boots- cleats

Woodwork- goalpost

Crossbar- the top goalpost

Deflect- to bounce off of

Table- standings or a chart that shows all of the league teams’ positions

Sent Off- ejected or kicked off the field because of a red card

Hit the Back of the Net- scored

Stoppage Time- the time added on to a game at the end of full time due to stoppages in play earlier in the game

Opened his Account- scored his first goal of the season

Advantage- given by the ref to signify that their was a foul, but he is allowing play to continue. If the the team who the advantage is being played for loses the ball in the short amount of time they have the advantage then they will receive a foul. The ref holds both arms out in front of him parallel to each other when playing the advantage.

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I hope you learned a few new words and will be able to better understand my writing.


How Transfers Work

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Transfers are really fun to follow, but you can’t follow them if you don’t know what a transfer is. So, let me break it down for you. When a player moves from one team to another it is called a transfer. Usually when a transfer occurs one team has to pay a transfer fee (sometimes a transfer fee is 10 pounds of sausage, but not very often) to the team who is selling the player, but they also have to pay the player his salary. Transfers can also be player swaps though. One team can swap one player for another. Teams are only allowed to make transfers in transfer windows which are the month of January and the month of June and August. Sometimes a player’s contract runs out which means teams can get him for free. I hope you now understand transfers a little better so you can follow transfers without being befuddled!

How Does the World Cup Work?

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The World Cup is what every soccer fan dreams of. It’s when countries come together to play soccer. But to really be able to enjoy it you have to understand how it works. Let me break it down for you. Every four years they have the World Cup. How do the teams get in the tournament though? Well every continent has a qualifying stage. If teams finish fairly high in their continent’s group they advance to the World Cup. In big continents with a lot of countries there are qualifying matches if you don’t finish high enough to automatically make it into the World Cup. Once you’re in the Cup there’s the group stages. There are eight groups with four teams in each (32 teams in all). You play each team in your group once and the top two teams make it out. To be in the top two teams you have to have more points than the other team. A win is worth 3 points. A tie is worth 1 point and a loss 0 points. If there is ever a tie in points it comes down to goal differential which is how many goals you’ve scored minus the amount of goals scored on you. Then comes the knockout rounds. First is the Round of 16. In this there are eight games. You play the other team once and whoever wins advances. If there is a tie then comes extra time (two 15 minute halves). If the game is still tied you go to penalties. Each team gets five penalties and whoever scores more wins. If penalties are tied you go to sudden death which is if one team scores the other has to also and vise-verse. This keeps happening in the Quarter Finals and Semi Finals. Then it’s also the same in the Finals, but whoever wins this game wins the World Cup. So, I hope you can now enjoy the World Cup even more now that you understand it! (If anyone still wonders about something just leave a comment)

How Cups Work

Every league in the world has there teams compete in at least one cup. England’s most important cup is the FA Cup. It is part of the treble. To win the treble you must win the, Champions League, the English Premier League and the FA Cup. If you win the FA Cup you earn a spot in the Europa League. Clubs all the way down to the 5th division compete in it. The first round consists of 80 teams playing in 40 games. There is only one leg (game) unless the game ends in a tie. Then there is a second leg. If that ends in a tie whoever has more away goals wins. If the amount of away goals is tied then the game goes into extra time. If there is ANOTHER tie the game goes into penalties. This continues for six more rounds until the final. The final is always played at Wembley unless it is under construction are some other reason. If the final is tied at the end of regular time it goes into stoppage time. If it’s tied at the end of that it goes into penalties. Whoever scores more penalties wins the cup(after 5 penalties if the game is tied it goes into sudden death which means if one team scores and the other doesn’t they win). There are also many other cups. The one other big cup is the League Cup which works about the same as the FA Cup. If you win that cup you also gain a spot in the Europa League. Usually the different cups have a lot of history behind them. The FA Cup is the oldest competition in the world. It was created in 1871. It’s 143 years old. WOW! Each league has a cup that is pretty similar to the English Cups (I’m saying this to save me the time of writing another 40 paragraphs about all the different cups). Well that’s all I know about cups and I hope you now know a lot more about cups now that I have shared my knowledge with you.

How Promotion, Relegation and the English Divisions Work

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Last year Wigan Athletic was relegated from the Premier League. Where did they go? Well each league in Europe has multiple divisions, similar to the minor leagues in baseball. In English football the second division is actually the first division; although, the English Premier League (EPL) is the top division. Wigan Athletic went to the first division (called the Championship) when they were relegated from the Premier League. At one time all of the teams and divisions belonged to one league, the Football League, and shared all of their TV money. Then some teams broke off so they could make their own deal with the TV companies, creating the Premier League. In the Premier League, clubs still share their TV money, but it is now split fewer ways. The old second division became the new first division in the Football League, the old third division became League One, etc. Once you go down far enough the leagues begin breaking into two leagues and each of those leagues has a few leagues under them. Although the Premier League became a new league they are still connected to the other divisions by relegation and promotion. A club is promoted to the Premier League when they finish first or second, or win the promotion playoff (between 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th). Promotion from other divisions has a similar format, but some leagues have a promotion playoff where a few teams play in a little mini cup/tournament to see who will be the last team to get promoted. If your in the EPL, there is no promotion because it is the top league. Teams that finish the season in the bottom three spots of the standings are relegated to the next lower division. That my friends is how promotion, relegation and divisions work.

The Difference Between a Club Team and an International Team

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You may wonder why Messi plays for Barcelona and Argentina. Well that’s because there are two types of teams’, club and International. The difference between a club and international team is that a club team is like a NHL team. The club teams buy and sell players and almost every city has one. An international team is kind of like the U.S. Hockey Olympic team or the U.S. Basketball team. When Kobe Bryant (a basketball player) plays for the U.S. he still plays for the Lakers too. It’s the same in soccer. It is considered an honor to be wanted on your country’s team. You can’t play for any national team though. You have to be a citizen of that country, be born there, or your parents have to be from there. Club teams can have however many different nationality players they want. Although, some leagues require each team to have a certain number of native players). Now you can watch the World Cup without being confused.

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What Is The Champions League?

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The Champions League is sort of like the playoffs in the NFL. Every continent has a Champions League except for Antarctica because it would be hard to play soccer on ice. The most prestigious one is the UEFA Champions League because it is the European Champions League and Europe has the best leagues. The first round of the Champions league is the qualifying games. I’m not exactly sure how that works, but I know the teams who make it farthest qualify (some teams don’t have to qualify and get in automatically). The second round of the UEFA Champions League is called the group stage. The group stage is a bit like a mini league. You play two games against each team totaling eight games. There are for teams and whoever the top two teams are advance. To advance you have to have the most points in your group. To earn points you have to win or tie.

  • Win = 3 points
  • Tie = 1 point
  • Loss = 0 points

If there happens to be a tie on points in the group then it comes down to goal differential. Goal differential is the difference between however many goals you’ve scored on the opposition to however many goals have been scored on you. When you make it out of the group stage there is a round of 16. UEFA has a draw which decides who plays who. There are two legs (two games) one game is at one sides stadium and the other is at the other teams stadium in each fixture. At the end you add up the two teams goals (separately). Whoever has more goals wins. In the case of a tie on goals you see who has more away goals (goals scored away from home stadium). If that is also a tie then the game goes into extra time like in the NFL. There are two 15 minute halves added on to the 90 minutes played. If it is still tied on away goals then the game goes into penalties like hockey. Each manager chooses five players to shoot a penalty. whoever score more wins. If the game is tied at the end of the penalties then it goes into SUDDEN DEATH! Dun, dun, dun. Sudden death is were one team takes a penalty and if they score the other team has to score otherwise they lose. If the team that shoots first misses and the other team scores the team who shot first loses. These same events keep going through two more rounds until the final comes. Then whoever wins the final is considered the best team in the world and gains a spot in the Club World Cup which is where all the champions of the different Champions Leagues play each other. There are also other Champions Leagues around the world (The U.S. Champions League is called the CONCACAF Champions League) that are pretty much the same as the UEFA one just less prestigious. I hope you learned a little about the Champions League because this took a really long time to write.

P.S. To learn how you qualify for the Champions League read “How Do The European Leagues Work”.

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