Football vocabulary exercise - Level 2 (intermediate)


Exercise designed by Viv Quarry (


Match the words to their meanings in English. The first one has been done for you.


1. a match


the player who leads a team, also called the captain


2. a pitch


a yellow card shown to a player by the referee for a serious foul. Two bookings or yellow cards result in a red card or sending-off

3. a referee



a player who plays mainly in the middle part of the pitch

4. a linesman


a player who sits on the bench ready to replace another team-mate on the pitch. Can also be used as a verb

5. a goalkeeper


a player is in a position which is not allowed by the rules of the game, i.e. when an attacking player is closer to the opposing teamís goal-line at the moment the ball is passed to him or her than the last defender apart from the goalkeeper

6.a defender


if a match has no winner at full-time, 2 x 15 minutes of this may be played in some competitions

7. a midfielder


the person in charge of a team and responsible for training, new players and transfers.

8. an attacker


the point of the game when the referee blows the final whistle and the match is over. Normally after 90 minutes and any added injury or stoppage time

9. a skipper


the person whose main duty it is to indicate with a flag when the ball has gone out of play, when a player is offside or when a player should take a corner

10.a substitute


a player who plays in the part of the football team which tries to prevent the other team from scoring goals,

11. a manager


the person who makes sure that the players follow the rules. Normally wears a black shirt and shorts, and has a whistle

12. a foul



the area where footballers play a match

13. a booking


also called stoppage time, added minutes at the end of the regular playing time at half-time or full-time. Entirely at the refereeís discretion and normally indicated by an official on the sideline (or touchline)

14. full-time



also called a forward; a player whose duty it is to score goals

15. injury time


a violation of the rules. For example, if a player kicks another player it is a foul

16. extra time



two teams playing against each other in a 90-minute game of football

17. offside


the player in goal who has to stop the ball from crossing the goal-line. The only player who is allowed to handle the ball during open play


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BBC football vocabulary web page.