Last Updated on October 25, 2023 by Alex PT
Popular soccer metaphors include “kick off” (beginning), “score an own goal” (mistake), “play the field” (flirt), and “hitting the back of the net” (success). These phrases add flair to the conversation, stemming from soccer’s universal appeal.
Overview of Some Popular Soccer Metaphors
Here is a summary of soccer / football metaphors, terms as well as slang used to refer to particular facets of the game as well as things that occur in football/soccer. Some terms tend to be more typical compared to others, while some are just used in a few countries. We’ll show you some of the various kinds of soccer or football metaphors and lingo that is used around the globe to refer to as well as discuss the gorgeous game of football.
|Popular Soccer Metaphors
|If an offensive team still has the possession of the ball after one of its player is fouled, the referee allows the play to continue since the offensive team has a good attack going.
|When a player hits the ball with his heels, either to score or to pass to his teammate who had made a run in behind him.
|When a team is trying to put pressure on an offensive player to make them lose the position of the ball.
|When a game gets heated and players start fighting one another on the field, throwing soft slaps and punches, like old lady’s throwing their handbags.
|When a player receives a poor pass from his teammate that leads to an howler or error, or perhaps puts the player in danger of being hurt.
|When a team decides to play possessive playing pattern from the back, in a way that the players play short passes from the defenders up to the forward, it is called a build up play.
Popular Soccer Terms And Metaphor
If an offensive team still has possession of the ball after one of its players is fouled, the referee allows the play to continue since the offensive team has a good attack going. However, if the play is interrupted a few seconds after the foul, the referee will then recall the foul.
It is the six-yard box in front of the goal, the word “chica” is a Spanish word.
When a player hits the ball with his heels, either to score or to pass to his teammate who had made a run in behind him.
It is a yearly award given to the best European footballer
Booking Or Booked
A player has been booked or has received booking when the referee decides to give him a yellow card. You would notice the referee writing something down in a small notebook. The notebook contains the names of players who have received yellow cards in that game.
It is commonly used in English football, meaning that the player scores two goals
When a team decides to play a possessive playing pattern from the back, in a way that the players play short passes from the defenders up to the forward, it is called a build-up play. It is a more methodical and slower way to play from the defense up to the attack, where the defenders make short passes to keep possession of the ball.
It’s a move by a player to ask for a pass from his teammate, where he makes a run checking back to get the ball.
It is a common Latin American word used in football to describe a bicycle kick or an overhead kick.
When two local rivals meet in a football game, it is called Clasico, a Spanish term.
When an opposing team couldn’t score a goal throughout a match. It is a glory normally accredited to the defenders and the goalkeeper.
When a team is trying to put pressure on an offensive player to make them lose the position of the ball.
It is a nickname for the top scorer in the Italian professional football league.
Cover – supporting the player closing down an opponent (the second and third defenders who cover the first player to help win the ball)
A slang term often used in Spain for a soccer/football star; someone who has amazing talent, skills, and potential in the game
A direct free-kick
When a cross town rival meets in a football game.
A football or soccer star is normally described as a Galactico. For instance, when Real Madrid tried to sign some famous soccer superstars like Figo, Robinho, Zidane, Beckham, and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Get Stuck In
When a team is trying to send a message during a tough game to the opposition with a no nonsense game play.
When an incredible goal on scored in Spanish football, the commentators say “Goalaso”.
A goal scored in the extra time of a match which ends the game.
When a player strikes the ball just after it hits the ground.
When a game gets heated and players start fighting one another on the field, throwing soft slaps and punches, like old lady’s throwing their handbags.
It happens in football when a player scores three goals in one game
When a player hits the ball with his head to score, pass, or clear out the ball.
When a player receives a poor pass from his teammate that leads to an howler or error, or perhaps puts the player in danger of being hurt.
It happens in football when a player makes a costly mistake that will costs his entire team. For instance, when a goalkeeper misjudges a shot that he should save
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