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Are you excited about the World Cup? Many of the students at our English language schools overseas are because it’s only a few days away now! If you’re an English language learner, now is the perfect time to start learning some new vocabulary related to football. In this article, we’ll teach you some useful words and phrases that you can use to talk about the World Cup.

First, let’s start with the basics. The World Cup is a global football tournament that takes place every four years. It features 32 national teams from all around the world. This year, the World Cup will be held in Qatar from November 21st to December 18th.

Now that you know a little bit about the World Cup, let’s learn some new vocabulary.

Verbs for playing football

There are many different verbs that can be used to describe playing football (soccer). Here are some of the most common ones:

Kick – When you play soccer, you will kick the ball with your feet to score goals.

Pass – When you play soccer, you will often pass the ball to your teammates to keep possession of the ball.

Shoot – When you play soccer, you will shoot the ball toward the goal to score.

Save – When you play soccer, you may need to save the ball from going into your own net. This is usually done by the goalkeeper.

Run – When you play soccer, you will run up and down the field to keep up with the game.

Verbs for watching football

There are also many different verbs that can be used to describe watching football. Here are some of the most common ones:

Watch – when you watch soccer, you will watch the game from start to finish.

Cheer – when you watch soccer, you may cheer on your team when they score goals or make good plays.

Boo – when you watch soccer, you may boo the opposing team when they do something bad or make a mistake.

Breathe a sigh of relief – you may breathe a sigh of relief when your team wins or when they avoid doing something bad that could have cost them the game.

These are just some of the most common verbs used to describe playing and watching soccer. There are many other verbs that can be used as well. If you want to learn more about how to use these verbs in context, please check out our website for more example sentences and practice exercises. Thanks for reading!

Football nouns

Match – a game of football

Stadium – the place where a match is played

Player – a person who plays football

Team – a group of players who play together

Ball – the object that is used to play football

Goal – the two posts and net that players try to score the ball into

Referee – the person who enforces the rules during a match

Useful World Cup expressions

Now that you know some basic vocabulary, let’s move on to some phrases that you can use to talk about the World Cup.

I’m excited about the World Cup – this is a great way to start a conversation about the upcoming tournament.

Qatar is a beautiful country – this is a great way to show your interest in the host nation.

I can’t wait to see Qatar 2022 – this phrase shows that you’re looking forward to the event.

It’s going to be a great World Cup – this is a positive way to end a conversation about the tournament.


We hope you enjoyed this English lesson. Be sure to check back for more lessons in the future. And don’t forget to brush up on your World Cup vocabulary before the tournament starts!

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