French Football

French for ”to play”



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Essential Vocabulary

Here's a comprehensive list of French Football terms for you.
A few of these words are included with Memory Triggers in
200 Words a Day! French Courses 1 & 2.

le football (le foot) = football / soccer
(le) ballon rond = soccer (lit. round ball)
and not forgetting:
le rugby = rugby

Gender French English
le terrain (de football) (football) pitch / ground
l' (f) herbe grass
le but goal
le poteau de but goalpost
la transversale crossbar
le piquet de coin corner flag
le point de réparation penalty spot
l' (m) arc du coup de pied de réparation penalty D / arc
la surface de réparation penalty area / 18-yard box
le milieu d’intersection centre circle

Gender French English
l’ (f) equipe team
le joueur player (male)
la joueuse player (female)
le gardien de but goalkeeper
l’ (m) erreur du gardien goalkeeping / goalkeeper's error
les gants gloves
le défenseur defender
le joueur de milieu de terrain midfielder
le forward forward (m)
l’ (m) attaquant striker
le joueur de remplacement substitute player
l' (m/f) adversaire opponent, adversary (m/f)

Gender French English
l’(m) arbitre referee
la règle rule
le règlement rulebook, regulations
le juge de touche linesman
la ligne line/line-marking
le coup franc free kick
v être sur le coté to be on-side
v être hors jeu to be off-side
un coup déloyal a foul
le carton jaune yellow card
le carton rouge red card
adj suspendu suspended

Gender French English
v tirer to kick
le coup du ciseau scissor kick
le coup de pied kick
le tir frappé mis-kick (of ball)
v shooter / tirer to shoot, to strike
la reprise de volée volley
v reprendre la volée to volley
l’(f) attaque attack, strike
v défendre to defend
la défense defence
le penalty penalty
v tirer un penalty to take a penalty
la faute de main hand ball
- tête header
v marquer (un but) to score (a goal)
le ballon ball
v faire un petit rebond to bobble (to bounce alittle)
v rebondir to rebound

Gender French English
v jouer to play
v gagner to win
la victoire win, victory
v gagner de trois buts to win by three goals
v perdre to lose
v être un bon/mauvais perdant to be a good / bad loser (m)
un bon jouer a good player (m)
un mauvais jouer a bad player (m)
v faire match nul to draw (a match) / goalless match

Gender French English
le match match, game
la ligue league
le championnat (de football) championship
la coupe cup
le trophée trophy
la Coupe du Monde The World Cup
le passionné football supporter / fan (m)
la passionnée football supporter / fan (f)
l’ (m) hooligan hooligan
le ramasseur de balle ball-boy


Gender French English
le football à cinq five-a-side football
le baby-foot table football
la mi-temps half time
le fin du match full time
le banc de touche substitutes’ bench
le filet net
le sifflet whistle
v donner un coup de sifflet final to blow the final whistle


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