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Bienvenido a la academia virtual del campus de fútbol en inglés del Sunderland AFC. En este espacio iremos colgando contenidos útiles para los participantes, para que adquieran ciertos conocimientos del inglés que verán reforzados en el campus. No se trata de deberes, no se trata de estudiarse cada palabra o cada vídeo; se trata de ir empapándose un poquito del vocabulario específico del fútbol, pues os recordamos que el campus de fútbol es 100% en inglés, y los entrenadores vienen expresamente de la cantera del Sunderland AFC para impartir las sesiones del campus.

Con regularidad iremos añadiendo contenidos a la sección, por lo que podéis entrar con frecuencia para revisar novedades y ampliar conocimientos. Esperamos que os sea útil.


The sport of football is considered to be the worlds most popular sport. In football there are two teams of eleven players. Football is played on a large grass field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to get the soccer ball into the opposing team’s goal. The key to football is that, with the exception of the goalie, players cannot touch the ball with their hands, they can only kick, knee, or head the ball to advance it or score a goal.


Nivel Elemental

Nivel medio

Nivel Avanzado


Nivel Elemental

Lesson 1 11/04/2013


Mejora tu pronunciación escuchando en inglés


Lesson 2 04/04/2013


Stadium – Estadio

Football field / pitch – campo de fútbol
Goal – portería

Box – área

Sideline – banda

Halfway line – línea de medio campo

Team – equipo

Manager – entrenador

Player – jugador

Goalkeeper – portero

Defender – defensa

Midfielder – centrocampista

Striker – delantero

Referee – árbitro

To referee – arbitrar

Lineman – linier

To book – amonestar

Yellow card – tarjeta amarilla

Red card – tarjeta roja

Give the foul – pitar la falta


Types of shot

  • to kick – (patear/despejar)


Roberto Carlos kicks the ball very hard.

  • to shoot – (disparar).


The forward couldn’t shoot because the Italian defense is extremely well organized.

  • a goal-kick – (tiro de puerta/saque de meta)
  • a free-kick – (tiro libre)


Beckham is one of the best free-kick shooters

  • a penalty – (penalti)
  • a throw-in – (saque de banda)
  • a cross – (un centro cruzado)
  • a header – (Cabezazo)

Crouch scored with a great header.

  • a backheel – (taconazo)


Kaka back-heeled the ball to Robinho

  • a clearance – (despeje)

Scoring meter gol

  • the score – (marcador/resultado)


The forward scored three goals.

  • to concede – (conceder/encajar un gol)


Peru conceded only two goals against Brazil.

  • a goal – (gol)


Messi has scored a beautiful goal for Argentina

  • an own goal – (auto
    gol / gol en propia puerta)
  • the lead – (estar arriba en el marcador)
  • an equaliser – (gol del empate)


Rooney equalized for England after 40 minutes and force extra time.

  • to win – (Ganar)


Italy won the World Cup in 2006

  • a draw (empate)


Mexico drew 0-0 with Honduras in the World Cup Qualifiers.

  • a defeat – (derrota)

For example,

Uruguay suffered a home defeat to Chile last year

  • to knock out – (eliminar de una competición)


Spain knocked out Germany in the quarter-finals.

  • a penalty shoot-out – (definición por penaltis)


Lesson 3 03/04/2013


Great defending!

¡Buena defensa!

The goalkeeper made a very good save.

El portero realizó una buena parada.

That was a good ball, he almost scored a goal.

  • Gran pase, casi marca un gol.


Lesson 4 22/04/201

The 10 Biggest Stadiums in Europe

Conoce los estadios de Europa más grandes.


Lesson 5 15/05/2013

Football shooting tips

Aquí  tienes algunos consejos para ponerlos en práctica en el Campus de Fútbol y a la vez practica tu inglés.


Lesson 6 15/05/2013

Football Vocabulary

Amplia tu vocabulario con palabras básicas en inglés que necesitas para hablar de fútbol con los demás.


Lesson 7 27/05/2013


That was a great goalUn gol fantástico.
That goal was pure luck!Ese gol ha sido pura suerte.
That should have been a goal.Debería haber sido gol.
The referee is an idiot.El árbitro es idiota.
The referee is spot on.El árbitro ha dado en el clavo.
You cheated!¡Tramposo!
He was offside!¡Fuera de juego!
There was no way was that offside!Claramente no ha sido fuera de juego.
That should have be a red card.Debería haber sido tarjeta roja.
There was no way was that a red card.Claramente no ha sido tarjeta roja.
That should be a yellow card.Debería haber sido tarjeta amarilla.
There was no way was that a yellow card.Claramente no ha sido tarjeta amarilla.
That was a blatant foul.Ha sido una falta flagrante.
That was not a foul.No ha sido falta.
That was a handball.Ha sido una mano muy clara.
That was not a handball.No ha sido mano.
Send him off!¡Expulsión!
They should not have sent him off.No tendrían que haberlo expulsado.
Substitute him now!¡Sustitúyelo!
Why are they substituting him?¿Por qué lo sustituyen?
It is half time.Estamos en el descanso.
That is full time.Final de partido.
We are going into extra time.Nos vamos a la prórroga.
That was a penatly!¡Penalti!
There is no way that is a penalty!Claramente no ha sido penalti.
I hope it doesn’t go to sudden death.Espero que no tengamos que llegar a la muerte súbita.
I hope it goes to sudden deathEspero que lleguemos a la muerte súbita
We should have won!¡Deberíamos haber ganado!
That game was played terribly!El partido ha sido un verdadero desastre.
That was well played!El partido ha sido magnífico.
That game was like watching paint dry.El partido ha sido como ver una carrera de caracoles.
Jumpers for goal posts.Los jerseys son los postes.
There was no way that was a free kick!¡Eso no ha sido falta!
That should have been a free kick!Debería haber pitado falta.
We won!¡Hemos ganado!
We lost!¡Hemos perdido!
We drew!¡Hemos empatado!
He dived!¡Se ha tirado!
World cup.Copa Mundial.
We are into injury time.Estamos en el tiempo de descuento.
Kick off.Saque inicial.
What is the goalkeeper thinking?¿En qué está pensando el portero?
Great save by the goalkeeper!¡Paradón del portero!
The defense is appalling!La defensa es desastrosa.
Great defense!¡Una defensa espectacular!
What are they playing at?¿A qué están jugando?
Dirty tackle!Ha sido una entrada muy fea.
Great tackle!¡Una entrada para enmarcar!
Get in there!¡Adelante!
The referee is biasEl árbitro no está siendo imparcial.
We’re going to win the WorldCup!¡Vamos a ganar la Copa Mundial!
He shoots, he scores!¡Dispara y marca!
Send him off!¡Expulsión!


Lesson 8 27/05/2013

Football Terms

 Personel Soccer Terms 

Football player
Soccer Player
Man of the Match

Clothing Soccer Words

Stadium Soccer Terms
Centre Circle
Half way Line
Penalty Box

Rules Soccer Terms
Extra Time
Free Kick
Full Time
Half Time
Injury T
Red Card
Sending off
Yellow Card

Skills Soccer Phrase

Formations Tactics
4-3-3 Formation
4-4-1-1 Formation
4-4-2 Formation
4-5-1 Formation
5-3-2 Formation
Attacking Formation
Defensive Formation
Diamond Formation
Triangle Passing

Lesson 9 27/05/2013

More Vocabulary

Attack: to make a forceful attempt to score a goal

Attacker: a player that has possession of the ball

Away game: a game played at the opponent’s ground

Away team: the team that is visiting the opponent’s ground

Ball: the hollow sphere that players kick in football

Beat: to defeat

Captain: the player who leads and directs the other players on the field

Champions: a team that has beaten all other teams in a sporting contest

Championship: a sporting contest for the position of champion

Changing rooms: the rooms where players dress to play

Cheer: to shout in encouragement and give support

Coach: a person who trains a team

Corner kick: a restart of the game where the ball is kicked from one of the four corners of the field

Defend: to resist an attack

Defenders: the players that do not have possession of the ball

Draw: a game that ends with both teams having the same number of goals

Extra time: a further period of play added on to the game if the scores are equal

Field: the rectangular, grass area where a game is played

Field markings: the straight and curved white lines painted onto the field

FIFA: Federation Internationale de Football Association; the official body of international football

FIFA World Cup: a solid gold statue given to the champion of each World Cup tournament to keep for the next 4 years

First half: the first 45 minutes of the game, before half-time

Fit: in form, in good health

Fixture: a game played on a particular date

Fixture list: a programme of games

Forward: one of the three or four players on a team who play at the front and are responsible for most of the scoring

Foul: an unfair or invalid piece of play, against the rules

Free kick: a kick given to a player for a foul by the opposition; the player kicks the ball without any opposing players within ten feet of him

Friendly game: a game that is not part of a serious contest

Goal: a ball that crosses the goal line between the goalposts and below the crossbar, winning one point.

Goal area: the rectangular area 20 yards wide by 6 yards deep in front of each goal

Goal kick: a way of restarting the game where the ball is kicked from inside the goal area away from the goal

Goal line: the boundary or line at each end of the field

Goalkeeper: the player in front of the goal who tries to stop the other team scoring

Goal scorer: a player who puts the ball into the goal and so “scores a goal”

Half-time: the 15-minute rest period between the first half and second half

Hooligan: a violent troublemaker

Injury: a wound suffered by a player (for example: broken leg, sprained ankle)

Injury time: time added to the end of the first or second half to compensate for time lost because of player injuries

Kick: to strike or hit with the foot (also a noun)

Kick-off: the start of a game, or restart after a goal, when a player kicks the ball forwards

Linesman: the 2 officials who help the referee; they watch the sidelines and goal line

Match: a game of football

Midfield player: the players that play behind the forwards

National team: the team representing a particular country or nation

Opposing team: a team playing against another team

Pass: when a player kicks the ball to a teammate

Penalty area: a rectangular area in front of the goal, 44 yards wide by 18 yards deep

Penalty kick, penalty shot: a kick from the penalty spot by a player against the opposing goal keeper, awarded for the most serious violations of the rules or used in the event of a draw

Possession: control of the ball

Red card: a small card, red in colour, that the referee holds up to show that a player must leave the game for very bad behaviour

Score (verb): to put the ball into the goal and gain a point

Score (noun): the amount of goals for each team

Scorer: a player who scores or gets a goal

Scoreboard: a large panel or other display that shows the current score or number of goals for each side

Second half: the second 45 minutes of the game, after half-time

Send a player off: when the referee tells a player to leave the field for bad behaviour

Side: one of the two teams playing a game

Sideline: the line that runs along the length of the field on each side

Spectator: a person who watches a game (or other performance)

Stadium: a special sports ground with seats for spectators where football (or another game) is played

Substitute: a player who replaces another player on the field

Supporter: a spectator who supports one of the teams and wants it to win

Tackle: to try to take the ball away from another player by kicking or stopping it with the feet

Team: the members of one side

Tie: when two teams have scored the same number of goals in a game; a draw

Tiebreaker: a way of choosing the winner of a game when both teams have the same number of goals, for example by a series of penalty kicks

Underdog: a team that is not expected to win

Unsporting: behaviour rude or bad conduct

Whistle: the instrument that the referee blows to create a loud, high-pitched sound

Winger: a forward who plays to the side of the striker or strikers

World Cup: the international soccer competition between nations, organized by FIFA every 4 years

Yellow card: a small card, yellow in colour, that the referee holds up to warn a player for bad behaviour



Nivel Medio

Lesson 1 23/04/2013


Center back – A soccer player that is the central defender. The center backs main job is on defense. Covering and marking players in the middle area of the field.

Center forward – A soccer player whose main job is on offense. The center forward will usually be one of the main goal scorers.

Center midfielder – One of the most versatile soccer positions. The central midfielder is responsible for both offense and defense and is involved in almost every play.

Corner kick – A free kick from the corner of the field that is given to the offense or attacking team when a defending soccer player is the last player to touch the ball before it crossed the end line.

Direct free kick – a free kick where the kicker is allowed to score a goal.

Full back – a defensive soccer position.

Goalie – This is the only required soccer position per the rules. The goalie, or goalkeeper, is the only player allowed to touch the ball with their hands while in the goal box. The goalie is a defensive position.

Goal kick – A kick for the defending team when an offensive player was the last player to touch the soccer ball before it crossed the end line.

Indirect free kick – a free kick where the kicker is not allowed to score a goal.
The ball must touch another player prior to scoring a goal.

Kick-off – a kick from the middle of the soccer field that starts play. This takes place at the start of the period of play or after a goal.

Marking – When a defender covers an offensive player without the soccer ball.

Offside – a penalty called when an attacking player is in front of the ball, but behind all teh defenders but one (usually the goalie). Click here to read more about the offide rule.

Pass and move – A strategy of offensive soccer. Means that players should always be moving and should be ready to pass or dribble the soccer ball as soon as they get it. Also, pass and move is a strategy where a player always moves to an open space as soon as they have passed the ball.

Penalty area – an area or box near the goal. Penalties in this area may result in a penalty kick.

Penalty kick – a type of free kick that is taken from twelve yards out from goal and with only the goalkeeper of the defending team between the kicker and the goal

Sweeper – A soccer player position. This player is a defender who roams the area behind the other defenders looking to “sweep up” any passes that get through.

Tackling – A defensive move that steals the ball, but does not contact the offensive player. Often resulting in the offensive player falling down.

Throw-in – A throw from the sidelines when the opposing team was the last to touch the soccer ball prior to the ball crossing over the side line.

Winger – A soccer player position. The job of the winger is primarily offense and is to pass the ball to strikers that are in scoring position.


Lesson 2 23/04/2013

Types of fouls

The following actions are not allowed in soccer and will result in a foul call:

  • Kicking an opponent
  • Tripping
  • Jumping into an opponent (like when you are going for a header)
  • Charging into an opponent
  • Pushing
  • Tackling from behind
  • Tackling an opponent and you make contact with the player prior to making contact with the ball.
  • Holding
  • Touching the ball with your hands (if you are not the goalkeeper)

Caution (Yellow Card)

The referee can choose to give a caution or yellow card to a player for the following actions:

  • Unsportsmanlike behavior (note that this includes trying to trick the referee)
  • Arguing with the referee
  • Fouling a lot
  • Delaying the game
  • Entering or leaving the game without informing the referee

Expulsion (Red Card)

When the referee shows a red card, this means the player has been kicked out of the game. A red card can be given for the following actions:

  • A serious foul
  • Violent actions against the referee or other players
  • Using their hands to stop a goal (when not the goalkeeper)
  • Using bad language
  • Receiving a second caution

The Goalkeeper

There are also special rules and fouls regarding the goalkeeper. The goalkeeper can be called for a foul for the following actions:

  • Holding the ball for more than 6 seconds
  • Touching the ball again with his hands after a teammate has kicked the ball to him
  • Touching the ball with his hands directly after a throw-in by a teammate.


Lesson 3 25/04/2013

Ball Construction and Design

Football balls vary in design and construction. In this section of Soccer Ball World, the construction of the football ball is described. This includes the various materials used, types, sizes and weights of football balls. The following topics are reviewed:

  • Construction of the Ball The various parts of the soccer ball are explained. Typical materials used on the different parts of a football ball and how they are put together are also detailed.
  • Types – The different types of football balls are detailed. Use this section to also learn about the typical materials that are used on the different types of football balls. This will help you determine what football ball is best for your application and skill level.
  • Sizes and Weights – The various sizes of the football ball are shown and explained. Different age groups use different ball sizes and weights. Determine what size of ball is right for your game or buying needs.


Lesson 4 25/04/2013

Types of Football Balls


  • Built specifically for competition or high-level training
  • Made with higher-quality materials to offer better performance and reliability on the field
  • Must conform to regulation standards of the league in which you play
  • Intended for outdoor use, but can be used indoors as well

Training & Recreational

  • Extremely durable and built to handle extended use on many types of playing surfaces
  • Typically less expensive than match balls and suitable for all skill levels
  • May often be constructed with PVC casing for enhanced durability


  • Same size as a FIFA-regulated ball (size 4 or 5)
  • May have a “fuzzy” exterior cover, similar to that of a tennis ball, to provide a great touch, limit roll distance and help reduce the risk of injury
  • Not intended for outdoor use


  • Smaller, heavier and softer than a size 5 FIFA-regulated ball
  • Built specifically for the game of Futsal and should not be used in regular soccer competition
  • Constructed with either a butyl or latex bladder that may be wrapped in layers of foam or cloth to provide a softer feel, less bounce, reduced flight and better control on hard floor surfaces


  • Used primarily for skill building and promotional purposes for various teams and clubs
  • Consid
    ered a size 1 ball and is not intended for match play.


Lesson 5 15/05/2013


Practica  tu inglés cantando.


Lesson 6 20/05/2013

Coaching Phrases

-Good attitude
– Good
– Well done
– Quicker
– Be Clever – When referring to decision making
– Relax or Try it – no fear in making mistakes
– Take Care – (encouraging high standards in receiving, passing decision making etc)
– Attack
– Defend
– Shoot
– Space – to create and exploit
– Tackle
– Be strong
– Together
– Control
– Pass the ball
– Body Shape
– Punch the ball (to describe the weight of a pass)
– Dribble
– Drive (to run into space quickly)
– Little touches (when describing keeping the ball under control whilst dribbling/running with the ball)
– Use both feet
– Switch (when the ball is transferred from one side of the pitch to another)
– Last one in (when the coach calls the group in to discuss)
– Bounce it (used when describing a one-two)
– Inside/outside (used when describing the pattern of play. For example when in the full back position can we pass inside to a central player?)
– Dancing feet (used when describing dribbling the ball with the souls of the feet only)
– Turn (used when a player should change direction with the ball)
– Push (used when describing a positive first touch)
– Trap (when controlling the ball still/dead)
– Needs to be better (when encouraging the group to improve their standards)
– Check off/ Checked run (used when describing taking a defender away in order to create individual space to receive the ball)
– Pressure (used when getting the group to close down play quicker).


Lesson7 24/05/2013

The Game of  life

Aquí encontraras algunas jugadas y momentos donde el fútbol es el juego de la vida.


Lesson 8 24/05/2013

Top Coaches

Aquí encontraras el top de los entrenadores y sus tácticas.

Top 10 Best Coaches


Lesson 9 27/05/2013

Oral Communications

Away — Goalkeeper is telling the defensive teammate to kick or head the ball out from goal.

Again – Repeat a shot, run, or pass.

Back — There is a teammate open for a back pass.

Back and left – Player who is open and available for a backpass is telling his teammate where his is located.

Back and right – Player who is open and available for a backpass is telling his where his is located.

Ball — Player is announcing to his teammate that the ball is nearby or coming immediately and the teammate does not appear to be aware of it.

Be there – Encouragement for a teammate to get to a ball or spot on the field.

Behind you – Usually that a trailing teammate is open; sometimes that a defender is arriving.

Carry — Take the ball (dribble) upfield; i.e., individually attack open space.

Center — Send the ball in the air or on the ground to the middle of the field.

Challenge — As a supporting defender, this tells a teammate that support in defense has arrived and that a solid attempt to take the ball away may be made. This generally comes shortly after a “Jockey” or ”Contain” call.

Check — You will likely be a passing option if you move away from your current location (usually toward your teammate with the ball), draw your defender, and then return to the spot you left.

Chip — Pass the ball over a defender or shoot the ball over the goalkeeper with a chip instep kick.

Clear — Get the ball out of danger, away from the goal, immediately.  (Tells the defender to kick the ball as far upfield, toward the sideline, and out of bounds if necessary.)

Come back — When a defender sees a situation where there are too many teammates who have moved forward to cover potential attackers should the ball change teams, this tells defensive teammates that they must return to mark opponents or cover space.

Contain — As a supporting defender, this tells a teammate to defend a dribbling opponent by standing ground and confining the opponent to a small space. By not tackling and attempting to take the ball, thereby avoiding the possibility of being beaten, this buys time so the defense can return, reorganize, balance and cover.

Corner — Pass the ball in the direction of the offensive near corner of the field, usually directed toward the corner flag.

Cross — Send the ball in the air to the center, to the opposite field, or to the opposite outer corner of the penalty area.

Cut it off – Tells a teammate to intercept an opponent’s pass (because he has coverage).

Down the line — Kick the ball upfield parallel to the sideline.

Drop, or, Drop It — There is a teammate open for a back pass.

Dummy — Do not touch the ball. Run over it or near it to create a distraction and let it continue on its path to a following teammate nearby, ready to receive/shoot the ball.

Eighteen — Send the ball to the outer line (top) of the penalty area.  Generally, this is a specific target location for a cross.

Far post — Pass or shoot the ball to the part of the goal farthest from you.

Follow — A reminder that attackers must continue to follow-up shots on goal in order to play rebounds or loose balls. This includes the original shooter.

Get back — When the defense is in desperate need of help, this tells teammates to return and play defense immediately.

Get there – Encouragement to get to the open spot on the field where the ball is arriving; encouragement to win a 50/50 ball.

Give it — Player is telling a teammate with the ball to go ahead and pass it to the open teammate that he sees.

Goal side — This is a defensive reminder to position your body between the ball and the goal or between an opponent and the goal. (Recognize that there may be occasions where you may think you are properly aligned but are not and this lets you know.)

Goalie’s out  — Informs a teammate with the ball that the opposing goalkeeper has moved so far away from his goal tha
t a chipped shot could be sent over the goalkeeper’s head and under the crossbar.

Got me – I’m open for a pass.

Help back, or, You have help back — There is a teammate open for a back pass.

Help straight back, or, Help back and right, or Help back and left — There is a teammate open for a back pass in a specific direction.

Here — You are open and calling for the ball. (Generally a short-pass option to a specific spot. The teammate with the ball likely has an imminent challenge and needs to get rid of the ball quickly.)

Here’s your help — You are open and available for a pass. (Generally a short-pass option to a specific spot. Lets the teammate with the ball know that you are a passing option.)

Hold; hold at the 18 – Keeper or defensive organizer asks defender(s) to stop backpedaling and stand their ground at the top of the penalty area.

Hold him/them there – Keeper or defensive organizer asks defender(s) to stop backpedaling and stand their ground.

I’m back – Usually, you have help behind you for a back pass; sometimes, returning to a position after a switch or overlapping run.

I’ve got (#) — Tells teammates who you are marking. This is used to assist in organizing the defense.

I’ve got two — When a defender finds they are marking two players, this tells teammates that someone needs to come back and cover the opponent farthest from the goal of the two.

I’ve got your spot — Tells a player that their position is covered if a natural switch has occurred (one during the normal course of play which was not announced with a call of “switch”). Generally, this call is made after a player goes forward and the teammate is telling them that they have the position covered until the player gets back.

Jockey — As a supporting defender, this tells a teammate to defend a dribbling opponent by slowly giving ground. By not tackling and attempting to take the ball, thereby avoiding the possibility of being beaten, this buys time so the defense can return, reorganize, balance and cover.

Keep (short for Keeper) – Goalkeeper is going to get the ball, leave the ball alone.

Keep playing – The Referee did not blow the whistle, play on.

Keeper — Used by the goalkeeper only, the goalkeeper is calling all defenders off in order to get the ball (or otherwise wants the ball).

Keeper’s out — Informs a teammate with the ball that the opposing goalkeeper has moved so far away from his goal that a chipped shot could be sent over the goalkeeper’s head and under the crossbar.

Leave (it) — Calls a teammate off the ball, letting him know that you will take it and avoid a collision.

Leave (Dummy) — Do not touch the ball. Run over it or near it to create a distraction and let it continue on its path to a following teammate nearby, ready to receive/shoot the ball.

Left-footed — Take a shot or make a quick pass immediately with the stated foot because an opponent is on you and you don’t have time to make a move or set up the other foot.

Let it ride — Let the ball roll over the end-line or side-line. This is used to let you know that your team will have possession of the ball after it goes out of play.

Let it roll (same as Let it Ride) – Allow the ball to go over the line.

Line — Kick the ball upfield on a diagonal toward the sideline.

Long (1) — Pass the ball far upfield to a teammate who is making a run.

Long (2) — Goalkeeper is telling defenders not to touch a ball because it is going to go out the endline.

Look left — A teammate from behind is telling the ball handler that there is an open teammate available for a pass on the left.

Look right — A teammate from behind is telling the ball handler that there is an open teammate available for a pass on the right.

Make a run – Tells a teammate that he need to join the attack (and appears to be standing around).

Man (short for Man On) – A defender is arriving.

Man-on — An opponent who is probably outside your field of vision is about to challenge you for the ball.

Mark (#) — When the defense is organizing, the defensive leader may assign who is responsible for each attacker, especially if the defense has broken down. This tells a defender to stay with a particular attacker until directed otherwise.

Move, Move Up, or, Move Out — Goalkeeper or central back is telling the defenders to move upfield.

My feet — Goalkeeper is telling a back Additional defender to pass the ball back to him on the ground to his feet.

(Name) off your (right/left) shoulder — Goalkeeper is informing a back defender of the presence of an opponent of whom the defender may not be aware.

(Name) take (#) — The person organizing the defense tells a teammate which opponent to mark.

(Name)’s ball — Used in a situation where two teammates are both likely going for an un- possessed ball, you are calling the other teammate off. (There must be no hesitation on the part of the caller and the other teammate is obligated to back off.)

Near post – Pass or shoot the ball to the part of the goal nearest you.

No let down – Reminds teammates that the intensity level must be maintained after a goal is scored, either for or against.

No shot – Keeper asks defender to tackle the opponent with the ball in order to keep him from shooting.

No turn –  Asks the defending teammate to challenge the opponent with the ball, who is facing away from the goal, in such a way as to let the opponent turn and face the goal.

No whistle – The Referee did not blow the whistle, play on, keep playing.

Nothing over – Don’t allow the opponent to make a chip or create a bounce of the ball that would go over a defender’s head.

Numbers – A player is telling his teammates to move forward into the attack, or to “build numbers.”

On your back — An opponent is coming up fast from behind to challenge you for the ball.

One-Two — Teammate is asking to perform a give-and-go passing combination.

Open; or, I’m Open;  or, (Name) is Open – You are open or a teammate is open and available for a pass.  (Generally a mid-range or long-pass option into space.)

Open Up – Move wide, create space, run to open space.

Over — Called by the goalkeeper when the ball is going to go over the top of the goal. Do not attempt to play the ball.

Overlap — Make an overlapping run. Tells a defender or midfielder that the situation is acceptable for them to go beyond the midfielder or attacker, respectively, in front of them without a switch.

Play, Play On – Do not hesitate, keep playing because the referee is not going to blow his whistle or call a foul.

Play Simple — Tells a teammate to make the easy pass that is available.

Post, or, Post up — Attacker to run toward teammate coming upfield with the ball, stopping before the passing distance between the two becomes too short.  Ball may be received and then passed back or flicked and turned.

(1) — 
Defensive end: stop giving ground, back-pedaling, or jockeying because you either have support or you are too close to the goal and must force the opponent to stop or make a move.

Pressure (2) – Offensive end: go at a back defender who has the ball in order to try to force an error.

Pressure (3) – Man on; you are under pressure.

Recover – Get back on defense.

Ref, 10 yards, please — Player respectfully asks the Referee to move back a defender or all of the defenders in a wall so that they are at least 10yards away from the ball prior to a free kick.

Right-footed — Take a shot or make a quick pass immediately with the stated foot because an opponent is on you and you don’t have time to make a move or set up the other foot.

Run, or, Make a run — Generally this means you are standing and need to move promptly into open space in order to receive a pass or to open up space for the attack.

Run at him – Goalkeeper, defensive organizer, or defensive support player is telling a defender to go directly at the opponent with the ball in order to force the action, hopefully creating an error, dispossession, or a successful tackle.

Send it — Send the ball upfield. Kick the ball out of the defense into the attack. (Generally this is used to tell a defender that there is immediate danger OR that there is a fast-break opportunity.)

Settle – There is time to control the ball, look up, and figure out what to do with it. (Similar to “time.”)

Settle down – Players are to stop getting overly excited and making mistakes.

Shape — Goalkeeper or back defensive organizer is telling his defenders that they are out of their zones and must return.

Shot — Shoot the ball on goal immediately. Don’t hesitate; take one set-up touch at most.

Show — You will likely be a passing option if you move left or right from being on a direct line with a defender between you and your teammate with the ball.

Sides, or, (name) ‘sides — Offensive player is telling a teammate that he is unknowingly in, or going into, an offside position.

Simple — Tells a teammate to make the easy pass that is available.

Slide — Goalkeeper is telling his back defenders in a zone defense to shift left or right.

Square — You are open directly to the left or directly to the right of the ball-handler.

Stay with him (her) — As a supporting defender, this tells a teammate who, during the flow of play, has taken on an opponent that may be making a crossing run or offensive switch to continue to defend that opponent.

Step, Step Up, or, Step Out — Goalkeeper or central back is telling the defenders to move upfield.

Straight back – Player who is open and available for a backpass is telling his teammate where his is located.

Support, or, You have support — Tells defensive teammate that you are in a proper defensive position that if an unsuccessful challenge for ball is made, you have it covered.

Swing, or, Swing the ball — Defenders are open in the back to use two or more passes to get the ball from one side of the field to the other.

Switch — Tells a player to assume their position. There are generally two types of switches, offensive and defensive. The offensive type usually starts with a player dribbling at a teammate and the teammate moves into that player’s position. The defensive type is usually made by a player that moves to cover an opponent expected to be covered by another teammate and the teammate now needs help to cover the space vacated.

Switch back — This is the formal acknowledgement that a switch which has occurred is being undone and the players are resuming their normal positions.

Switch fields — Kick the ball from one side of the field to the other or get it there via a mid-field player.

Take him (her) — When the defense is organizing, the defensive leader may assign who is responsible for an attacker. In comparison to “Mark #,” this is generally associated with the closest attacker, often coming with the ball.

Take him on – Goalkeeper, defensive organizer, or defensive support player is telling a defender to stop backpedalling/jockeying/controlling and to go ahead and tackle the opponent with the ball.

Take it – Shoot.

Talk – Players have stopped using proper oral communications and must do so.

(Teammate’s name) – To get teammate’s attention for a pass or to recognize a situation.

Through — Pass the ball from the midfield between defenders into the open space behind the defenders so an attacker can run onto the ball.

Time, or, You’ve got time — There is no immediate pressure from nearby, especially from behind, and you have the time you need to trap or collect the ball and then look up to see your options.

Trailing — Tells a teammate that he has a backpass option.

Turn – As you receive the ball facing away from the attacking goal, it is safe to turn the ball upfield without an immediate challenge from an opponent.

Use him – Pass the ball to the open teammate you see.

Wall, (number) — Goalkeeper identifies that he wants a wall built and how many defender he wants in it.

Watch your ‘sides — Offensive player is telling a teammate that he is unknowingly in, or going into, an offside position.

Watch wide – Keeper or defensive organizer tells a defender that there is an opponent between him and the nearest sideline.

What you see — There is no pressure from your back or sides and what you see in front of you as a dribbler is all you have to be concerned about for the time being.

Wide — Play the ball out toward the sideline.

Win it — Encouragement to get a 50/50 ball.

Yes – Go ahead and pass the ball to the open teammate.

You got it – On offense, when two teammates could equally go for a ball, tells the teammate that the ball is theirs.

Your help is back and left – A player is telling his teammate the location of a backpass option.

Your help is back and right – A player is telling his teammate the location of a backpass option.

Your help is straight back – A player is telling his teammate the location of a backpass option.

Yours — You are telling your teammate that THEY must play the ball.  (This is NOT a very good call and should only be used in case of injury or odd circumstance.)

You’ve got a drop – There’s a teammate behind you who is available and open for a backpass.

You’ve got me back – I’m available and open for a backpass.


Lesson 10 27/05/2013

Top 10 Most Popular Football Team

10. Juventus is supposed to have over 20 million fans worldwide. Players like Del Piero, Buffon, Trezeguet, Nedved, Cannavaro, Zambrotta and others have made the number of Juventus fans to grow over the past years.

9. Bayern Munich has one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world, Allianz Arena, and about 24 million f

8. Inter Milan has not less than 49 million fans and although the city has two great teams who play on the same stadium, the fans are very passionate and competes each other.

7. Liverpool is probably the team with the most vocal fans. They prepare special repertoires to all the matches and they are nearly always singing. You’ll never Walk Alone is one of the most famous songs. Liverpool has over 71 million fans.

6. AC Milan, Inter Milan’s rival team has more fans than his rival. That’s about 100 million fans.

5. Arsenal is one of the most popular teams in the UK, Europe and all over the world. There are almost 113 million fans that support this team.

4. Chelsea, the current winner of Champions League, has invested a lot of money in transfers in recent years and won various competitions and therefore the fans of this team grew much in this years. Chelsea has about 135 million fans.

3. Real Madrid, for many the most famous and the best team in the world, has about 175 million fans in every corner of the world. The transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo certainly increased the number of fans.

2. Barcelona, probably the best team in recent years, has amazed everyone with tiki-taka. Barcelona has over 270 million fans. Messi is definitely the idol of many and therefore Barcelona is gaining more and more fans.

1. Manchester United, probably the most beloved team of all time. There are about 354 million Red Devils around the world.




Nivel Avanzado

Lesson 1 10/04/2013


Os dejamos un vídeo de Juan Mata un Español en Inglaterra hablando en inglés, podrán aprender algunas frases cotidianas y aprender más vocabulario.


Lesson 2 19/04/2013


Conoce la canción del mundial 2010, mejora tu nivel de inglés de una manera divertida, aprende nuevas oraciones y amplia tu vocabulario con Inglaterra en casa.


Lesson 3 22/04/2013


The 4-2 is The Most Popular Formation Today

This is the most used formation in soccer today. The main strength of the 4-4-2 formation is true balance. Offensive attacks are combined with solid defense. The weakness is the two center players who must be supported by the midfield. The 4-4-2 is probably the first formation you will encounter as you start to play regular games.

The 4-3-3 Flat is Synonyn for Total Soccer

A classic formation that was adapted by the 1970’s great teams. It was with the 4-3-3 that West Germany won the World Cup of 1974. This formation is typical for the total soccer system that was played by The Netherlands and West Germany. The mighty F.C Barcelona of Spain has adapted this formation successfully in their games.

The 3-4-3 Flat is Highly Offensive

The 3-4-3 is an offensive formation with little defensive thinking and most focus is put on attacking. It is pretty unusual because it makes your team vulnerable to counter attacks. You will not see many coaches using it today. However if you still want to test it make sure to give clear instructions to midfielders.

The 3-6-1 Requires Hard Work

The3-6-1 formation is often adapted by German teams. But, it can be catastrophic if the players are not prepared to put enough work in it. One example is the US national team that adapted it during the 98 World Cup and failed miserably.

The 3-4-2-1 is Ideal for Pressure

You will not see many teams playing with the 3-4-2-1 formation in today’s soccer. This formation is great when you want to put pressure on your opponents’ midfield. However, you will also need to put big effort in defense because your team will only have 3 defenders. In other words, your team will be highly vulnerable.

The 4-5-1 is a Highly Defensive Formation

A formation with big defensive thinking that is usually adapted when you know the opposing team is the big favorite to win the match. It is criticized by many because it is so boring to watch; you should not expect any Brazil samba soccer when playing in this formation.

The 5-2-2-1 is Another Defensive Formation

The5-2-2-1formation is a defensive mix of 3-4-2-1 formation. The formation has five defenders, two defensive midfielders, two offensive midfielders (that may also act as strikers) and one clean striker.

The 4-3-3 Triangular Midfield is Used by Italy

The 4-3-3 with a triangular midfield puts a holding central midfielder above the four defenders with two offensive midfielders behind the center forward and two wingers. The wingers are the workhorses of this formation as it flexes between a 4-3-3 on attack and 4-5-1 on defense.

The 3-5-2 is Also Know as The Modern Formation

The3-5-2 is one of the modern formations in soccer today and is primarily associated with Ge
rman soccer. The formation had its biggest popularity boost during the world cup in Italy (1990) where Germany won the whole competition. The system was also practiced successfully during the European Cup (1996) by Germans.


Lesson 4 24/04/2013


En este vídeo encontraras  el esfuerzo y la lucha por lograr la meta. Cree siempre en lo que haces.


Lesson 5 26/04/2013

How to control a soccer ball with your feet

Conoce como puedes controlar mejor  el balón con tus pies, tácticas y mejora tu inglés escuchando para que lo practiques en el Campus de Fútbol de Inglaterra en casa.


Lesson 6 15/05/2013

Robinho gives some tips

Conoce  este futbolista brasilero, oye atentamente la pronunciación y aprende nuevas palabras ; así cada vez tu nivel de inglés mejorara.


Lesson 7 15/05/2013

How to Play Soccer

En este vídeo encontraras las diferentes estrategias de fútbol , sus posiciones y una breve explicación de cada uno.


Lesson 8 15/05/2013

Top 10 Best Goals of 2012

En este vídeo encontraras los mejores goles del 2012 y sus jugadas. Escucha atentamente y mejora tu pronunciación


Lesson 9 27/05/2013

Football Phrases You Need To Know

1. Getting booked (verb) – When a player commits an offense that warrants a yellow or red card, the referee will produce and show said card, then record the players name and number in his little book. For examples, watch Argentina.

2. Against the run of play (clause) – This is what happens when a team scores a goal when the other team was dominating the match. Soccer is a game about possession and control, and when you score a goal against the run of play, you clearly aren’t the better team at that point in the match.

3. Offside (noun) – Probably the most confusing of all the game’s rules, offside occurs when a player strays past the opposing team’s deepest defender and receives the ball. The easiest way to describe it is cherry-picking, but that doesn’t really do it justice as even longtime admirers of the sport struggle with it sometimes. Simply put, if you can figure out offside, you deserve numerous gold stars and a box of freshly-baked cookies.

4. The onion bag, or bulging of (noun, verb) – Used far too often by ESPN commentator Tommy Smyth, this is a genius reference to the net the goalkeepers try to defend. When it has been ‘bulged,’ well, someone has put the ball into it and caused it to pull at the sides.

5. Advantage, the playing of (verb) – This occurs when one player commits a foul, but the team who was fouled tactically still can make something from the situation and are pushing forward. The referee decides to ‘play the advantage’ in order to keep the game flowing rather than stopping for a free kick. Only the best zebras do it well.

6. Fixture (noun) – This is a game, a match, what’s on the schedule. It seems to be more related to mounting shelves or that new ceiling fan, but it’s what the soccer world calls a team’s games.

7. Square ball (noun) – Bust out your rulers, everyone…we’re getting mathematical. When one player plays a square ball to another, they are simply passing the ball parallel to the goal line, instead of forward or backward.

8. Near & far post (nouns) – Simple stuff here: near post is the big white stick in the ground that is closest to where the ball is currently situated. The far post is the goal post that is further away.

9. Handball (verb or noun) – If you’re Irish, you know what this is. English, too. Unlike American ‘football,’ you aren’t allowed to touch the ball with any part of your hand or arm. If you do, the ref will blow the whistle and call a foul and if it happens inside your 18-yard area (mini-definition: the big box that surrounds each net). It’s a penalty kick for the other team.

10. First touch, or any touch thereafter (noun) – First touch is a very important part of being a successful soccer player. It is also quite literal as it is the first touch a player has on the ball when receiving a pass or cross. Players with excellent first touch often times make defenders miss. For examples of this, watch Brazil.

11. Tracking back (verb) – In soccer, even if you play a forward position, you still need to play defense. Tracking back is when a player who is advanced up the field will chase the ball as their opponents move towards the other end of the pitch. Lazier forwards often to tend to avoid this honorable act.

12. Knock or niggle (noun) – Players don’t get hurt, they take knocks. They aren’t hampered by injuries, they suffer from niggles. These are simple replacement words for when a tackle is a bit more painful than expected.

13. Stoppage time (also called injury or added time) (noun) – The clock never stops ticking in soccer and, because of this, the referee keeps track of the seconds that go by when the ball goes out of play or if there is an injury. Then he determines how much should be added to the end of each half. It’s usually between two and four minutes.

14. Cheeky (adjective) – Used in numerous instances. When something is described as cheeky, it’s usually to show that the player did it (a foul, shot, goal, pass) with intention and that it’s their way of showing off their skill or lack thereof. Often subterfuge or slight of hand is involved.

15. WAG aka Wives and Girlfriends (noun) – Almost as important as the players themselves, the WAG community is an exclusive group populated by the best players’ significant others. WAG you know: Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham. She’s the queen of the WAGs. There are many more just like her.