Given the craziness about the World Cup that we’re experiencing this summer, we’ve prepared a post for you so that you can watch a football match with the commentary in English, which we’re sure you’ll understand. Moreover, with this vocabulary you’ll be able to make some points and comments about the game and thus show your knowledge of English.
Let’s begin with the stadium and the most important parts of the pitch:
Football field / pitch
Vocabulary related to teams and players is:
Regarding the referees and refereeing activities:
Give the foul
Give the penalty
More vocabulary related to key actions during the game:
Some examples for the use of this vocabulary and phrases commonly used are:
Messi is a fantastic player, he plays for Argentina.
That was a good ball, he almost scored a goal.
The ball is in the box and it’s a clear chance for Brazil.
Oh! What a tackle, he deserved a red card!
This is an amazing team; they keep possession of the ball over 70 percent of the time.
Ronaldo missed the penalty that could have made his team to win.
That player is booked; he already has a yellow card.
Look at that shot at goal; it should have been a goal.
The goalkeeper made a very good save.
A YouTube video where football vocabulary is explained as well is:
Link to the Video in YouTube
To finish, some related links for you to practice football vocabulary in English:
Vocabulary at the BBC
More slang vocabulary at the BBC
Football, History, Vocabulary and Games
Podcasts about football in English
Printable files (PDF format) to work on in the classroom featuring this vocabulary about football and also related to the World Cup in South Africa