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    Default Football words and expressions beginning with J, K and L

    Surprisingly few being with J, anyone else got any suggestions?

    Jab- Kicking the ball without moving your foot very much
    Jersey- A football shirt
    Keep the ball in play- Stop the ball going over the white TOUCHLINE at the side of the PITCH and so not need to stop play for a THROW IN, GOAL KICK or CORNER KICK
    Keeper- The normal informal way to say GOALKEEPER
    Kick- Use your foot to hit the ball
    Kick off- The start of the match, in which the team who won the COIN TOSS can kick the ballfirst from the CENTRE SPOT
    Kick off time- The time the match will start, traditionally 3 o’clock in the afternoon
    Kingpins- A player who controls the game, usually a MIDFIELDER
    Kit – Also “Football kit”. The normal word for the clothes that footballers wear.
    Knock the ball down- Head the ball down to the ground so you or another player from your team can kick it, usually so that they can SHOOT
    Knockout competition- A championship in which the team which loses is out of the competition and doesn’t have another chance to play. The opposite of a LEAGUE
    Knockout round- The part of a competition in which the team who loses is out and doesn’t have another chance to play, e.g. the SEMI-FINALS. The opposite of a GROUP ROUND
    Kop (the)- Liverpool’s GROUND
    Last ditch tackle- A TACKLE which will cause the attacking player to be in front of goal with only the GOALKEEPER to beat if it fails
    Last gasp goal- A goal in the last few moments of the match, often used for an EQUALISER or a goal that gets the team points that they absolutely must get, for example to avoid RELEGATION. The literal meaning of “last gasp” is your last breath of air before you die
    Late tackle- Trying to TACKLE a player after they have already SHOT or PASSed the ball to someone else, and therefore knocking into them rather than the ball. An offense, often leading to a CARD
    Lead- (1) How many goals a team is ahead during the game, e.g. if the score is 3-1 the HOME TEAM has a lead of two goals (2) How many points a team is ahead in the DIVISION
    League champions- The top team of the whole LEAGUE (meaning the top team in the top DIVISION) at the end of the season. Usually the most prestigious title in the country
    Leave the goal wide open- A GOALKEEPER standing in a position that makes it easy to score, for example being too close to one POST
    Left-footed- Finding it easier to kick with your left foot, similar to being left-handed but not always going together with that
    Leveller- A goal which makes the scores EVEN, e.g. going from 2-1 to 2-2. An informal way to say EQUALISER
    Lift the trophy- (1) Hold the TROPHY above your head to show it to the fans (2) Win the competition
    Linesman- The traditional name for the two ASSISTANT REFEREES who run up and down outside the SIDELINES, rather than around on the pitch like the REFEREES. Linesmen often decide if a player is OFFSIDE or if the ball has gone OUT OF PLAY
    Linked with- “Steven Gerard has been linked with Real Madrid” means that there are rumours about him joining that club
    Loan- Letting one of your players play for another club, sometimes because you hope to sell them later and sometimes to give them practice
    Locker room- Another way to say CHANGING ROOM or DRESSING ROOM
    Lockout match- A match in which no FANs are allowed, for example because there was problems with violence or racist CHANTing in the last match
    Lone striker- A FORMATION in which only one player stays close to the OPPOSITION goal
    Long ball game- A traditional British tactic in which the ball is kicked high along the length of the pitch to be headed, rather than passed through the MIDFIELD
    Looping cross- A CROSS which goes high, therefore going over DEFENDERS. The opposite of a LOW CROSS
    Low cross- A CROSS which stays close to the ground, for example for a DIVING HEADER or VOLLEY
    Low shot- A SHOT which stays close to the ground, often meaning that the GOALKEEPER has to dive far to their right or left to reach it
    The index of all other entries in the dictionary (including the later letters as they come up) is here:

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    Default Re: Football words and expressions beginning with J, K and L

    I believe Liverpool's ground is (or was until recently... ) 'Anfield'. 'The Kop' is the end favoured by the home fans.

    'Left-footed' has two meanings (in this context - it has an almost infinite variety of meanings as an insult [referring to religion, sexual orientation ...] in a wider context!) A player can be left-footed (the player's preference), but a kick can be left-footed as well. It simply means 'executed/performed/done by/with the left foot. It is used chiefly when it goes against the player's preference. "Beckham scored a brilliant left-footed goal" (as Beckham's a naturally right-footed player); similarly "Giggs scored a brilliant right-footed goal".

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    Default Re: Football words and expressions beginning with J, K and L

    Other grounds, including my home team Preston North End, have kops too; Liverpool's is just the best known. From the OED: 'kop - a high bank of terracing at certain soccer grounds where spectators formerly stood'

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    Default Re: Football words and expressions beginning with J, K and L

    Whoops, you are of course right. The Kop not only being Liverpool was completely new to me, but will certainly stick it in the final version. Thanks guys

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    Default Re: Football words and expressions beginning with J, K and L

    to lay - to make a directed pass of the ball

    lay it square ('square's another word for the S's later if you haven't already got it!)
    lay it back to the goalkeeper

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    Default Re: Football words and expressions beginning with J, K and L

    Quote Originally Posted by alexcase View Post
    Kit – Also “Football kit”.
    It should be remarkably easy to make all entries read like the one above - with a dash after the index word. Dashes (or hyphens used as dashes) should be spaced the same before and after. A hyphen appended to the end of a word isn't correct in English. A colon would be.

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    Default Re: Football words and expressions beginning with J, K and L

    With 44 pages of entries, that sounds like at least 30 minutes of sheer tedium with little effect on comprehension to me- anyone want to volunteer?

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    Default Re: Football words and expressions beginning with J, K and L

    Quote Originally Posted by alexcase View Post
    With 44 pages of entries, that sounds like at least 30 minutes of sheer tedium with little effect on comprehension to me- anyone want to volunteer?
    I was thinking of the finished product. If well-presented, it might last another four, eight years. Doing something properly always takes a little longer. But I can assure you, a hyphen sticking off the end of a word, as above, doesn't look classy.
    But it's just a suggestion - it's up to you whether you consider presentation important.
    I promise not to offer any more suggestions.
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    Default Re: Football words and expressions beginning with J, K and L

    As anyone who has ever seen my blog will know, presentation has never been a strong point of mine...

    If it comes down to that or adding the other things that people have suggested, I have a feeling that I'll go for the more fun one, but will bear it in mind as something I can do with a video on

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    Default Re: Football words and expressions beginning with J, K and L

    If you feel the change warrants the effort (not much if you know how), use a macro; just be careful how you define you 'learn' sequence: replacing "- " with " - " would probably do it, but replacing "-" with " -" would run amok (and make unwanted changes to actual hyphens).

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