Soccer

French soccer terms / football vocabulary
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Sporty French Vocabulary

World Cup, European Championship, Saturday morning at the park … whenever and wherever you watch or play soccer / football, this French vocab can help you out.

soccer
football, footy
  le football, le foot
game, match   le match
half   la pĂ©riode
half time   la mi-temps
overtime, (UK) extra time   la prolongation
regular time (90 minutes)   le temps rĂ©glementaire
stoppage time   les arrĂȘts de jeu
     
People and Players   Gens et joueurs
team   une Ă©quipe
French soccer team, "the Blues"   les Bleus
soccer/football player   un footballeur
coach   un entraĂźneur
defender   un dĂ©fenseur
forward   un avant, attaquant
goalie   un gardien de but, goal
line judge, assistant referee   un juge/arbitre de touche
player   un joueur
playmaker   un meneur de jeu
referee   un arbitre
striker   un buteur
substitute   un remplaçant
sweeper   un libero
winger   un ailier
     
Field and Equipment   Terrain et Ă©quipement
cleats   les crampons
corner flag   le piquet de corner
football   le ballon de foot
goal net   le filet
midfield   le milieu du terrain
playing field, pitch   le terrain de jeu
penalty box   la surface de rĂ©paration
shin guard   le protĂšge-tibia
six-yard-box   la surface de but
soccer ball   le ballon de foot, le ballon rond
stadium   le stade
uniform, kit   le maillot
whistle   le sifflet
     
Passes and Plays   Passes et jeux
corner kick   un corner
direct kick   un coup franc direct
dive (fake fall)   une simulation
fake out, (UK) dummy   une feinte
free kick   un coup franc, coup de pied arrĂȘtĂ©
header   une tĂȘte
indirect kick   un coup franc indirect
kick/pass around a player’s legs   un grand pont
nutmeg, between-the-legs pass   un petit pont
pass   une passe
perfect pass   un caviar
tackle   un tacle
throw in   une remise en jeu, une touche
volley   la volĂ©e
the wall   le mur
     
Scoring and Penalties   Buts et pĂ©naltys
dissent   des contestations / protestations
foul   une faute
goal   un but
goal kick   six mĂštres
hand ball   une faute de main
headbutt   un coup de tĂȘte
lined up, centered   cadrĂ©
offside   hors-jeu
out of bounds   sorti
own goal   un but contre son camp
penalty kick   un pĂ©nalty
penalty spot   le point de pĂ©nalty
red card   le carton rouge
shot, scoring attempt   une frappe
tie game, draw   un match nul
yellow card   le carton jaune
     
Verbs   Verbes
to be offside   ĂȘtre hors jeu
to bring down   faucher
to control the ball   contrĂŽler le ballon
to counter, charge down
(UK) to counterattack
  contrer
to dive, take a dive   faire du chiquĂ©
to dribble   dribbler
to fake   feinter
to get past an opponent   dĂ©border
to head (the ball)   faire une tĂȘte
to lead, be winning   mener
to line up / center (a shot)   cadrer
to pass (the ball)   faire une passe
to play soccer   jouer au foot(ball)
to put up a strong defense   bĂ©tonner
to run   courir
to score (a goal)   marquer (un but)
to save a goal/penalty   sauver un but/penalty
to send off   expulser
to set an offside trap   jouer la ligne de hors-jeu, jouer le hors-jeu
to shoot, kick   tirer
to trap, control   amortir
     
World Cup   la Coupe du monde, le Mondial
UEFA European Championship
Euro
  Championnat d’Europe de football
l’Euro
Go French team!   Allez les Bleus !
Long live France!
(and the French team)
  Vive la France !

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