The Most Complete Collection of French Soccer Vocabulary

Here I’ve put together with help of a native speaker, what I believe is the most extensive list of French football vocabulary on the internet, enjoy!

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to kickDonner un coup de pied
to scoreMarquer un but
to markMarquer
to draw (equal score at the end)faire match nul
to postponeRemettre à plus tard
to defeatBattre
to knock out (of a tournament)Eliminer
to counter-attackContre attaquer
to tackleTacler
to foulFaire une faute
to shoot at goalTirer au but
to curlCourber
to treat / give medical attentionSoigner/Apporter une aide médicale
to take a free kickAvoir un coup franc
to kick offDémarrer
to trainEntrainer
to take the leadPrendre la tête
to lose the leadPerdre la tête
to equalizeEgaliser
to blow the whistleSiffler (pour l’arbitre)
to savefaire un arrêt
to blockBloquer
to head (to hit the ball with the head)Frapper de la tête
to clearEffectuer un dégagement
to centerCentrer
to injureBlesser
to sprintSprinter
to slideGlisser
to cautionDonner une carton jaune
to send offExpulser
to attackAttaquer
to defendDéfendre
to interceptIntercepter
to passFaire une passe
to whistleSiffler (pour l’arbitre)
to dribbleDribbler
to nutmeg (to put the ball though an opponent’s legs)Faire un petit pont
to let it runLaisser faire
to chip the goal keeperFaire un chip
to deflectDévier
to beat a man (to get past an opponent)Battre un joueur
to divePlonger / Simuler
to feint / dummyFeinter
to cheerApplaudir
to celebrateCélébrer
to boo / jeerHuer
to out-muscle / overpowerMaîtriser
to pull a muscleSe faire un claquage
to be offsideêtre hors jeu
to dissentDifférer
to be on sideêtre en jeu
to apply pressureMettre la pression
to keep possessionGarder la possession du ballon
the playerLe joueur
the refereeL’arbitre
the manager/coachL’entraineur
the teamL’équipe
the oppositionL’opposition
the youth teaml’équipe des jeunes
the defenderLe défenseur
the mifielder / the central midfielderLe milieu de terrain
the forwardL’attaquant
the wingerL’ailier
the strikerL’avant centre
the centre-halfLe demi centre
the defensive midfielderLe milieu défensif
the attacking midfielderle milieu offensif
the goalkeeperLe gardien de but
the substituteLe remplacant
the punditLe commentateur
the commentatorLe commentateur
the journalistLe journaliste
the physioLe kiné
the stewardLe coordonnateur
the assistant-refereeL’arbitre assistant (ou arbitre de touches)
the assistant coachL’entraineur adjoint
the ball-boyLe ramasseur de balles
the groundsmanLe gardien de stade
the scoutLe découvreur de talent
the playmakerLe meneur de jeu
the top scorerLe meilleur buteur
the stadiumLe stade
the pitchLe terrain
the dugout / the benchLe banc
the goalpostLe poteau de but
the crossbarLa barre transversale
the penalty areaLa surface de réparation
the 6 yard boxLa surface de but
the near postLe premier poteau
the far postLe deuxième poteau
the kick off spotLe rond central
the penalty spotLe point de pénalty
the corner flagLe piquet de coin
the touchlineLa ligne de touches
the halfway lineLe milieu du terrain
the goal lineLa ligne de but
the standLa tribune
the dressing roomLes vestiaires
the tunnelLe tunnel
the substitute’s benchLe banc des remplacants
the turfLa pelouse
the netLe filet
the turnstileLe tourniquet
the bootLa chaussure
the kitle tenues de foot
the warmupL’échauffement
the shortsLe short
the jerseyLe maillot
the whistleLe sifflet
a goal kickUn coup de pied de but
the shin padLes protège tibias
the studsLes crampons
the ticketLe billet
a season ticketUn abonnement
the captain’s armbandLe brassard de capitaine
the floodlightLe éclairage
the referee’s bookLe journal de l’arbitre
the red cardLe carton rouge
the yellow cardLe carton jaune
the championshipLe championnat
the leagueLa Ligue des Champions
the cupLa coupe
the group stageLa phase de groupe
the knock-out stageLa phase à élimination
the quarter-finalLe quart de finale
the semi finalLa demi-finale
the finalLa finale
the World CupLa Coupe du Monde
the Champions LeagueLa Ligue des Champions
the promotionLa promotion
the relegationLa relégation
home legMatch à domicile
away legMatch à l’extérieur
a friendlyUn amical
the fixtureUne rencontre
the tableLe classement
the seasonLa saison
an injured playerUn joueur blessé
the scoreLe score
the pointsLes points
a bicycle kickUne bicyclette
a piece of skillLa technique
onsideEn jeu
offsideHors jeu
a suspensionUne suspension
the attendance numberL’assistance
an assistUne passe décisive
level of fitnessLa niveau de forme
a pulled muscleUn muscle froissé
a goal scoring opportunityUne opportunité de but
normal timeLe temps réglementaire
stoppage timeLe temps additionnel
overtimeles prolongations
a penalty shoot-outUn penalty (ou coup de pied de réparation)
a shot on targetUn tir au but
a shot off targetUn tir hors cible
to deliberately handballUne main intentionnellement
to accidentally handballUne main accidentelle
an indirect freekickUn coup franc indirect
the recent formLe forme actuelle
the tacticLa tactique
a crossUn centre
a backheelUne talonnade
an own goalUn but contre son camp
a goalUn but
a great goalUn but magnifique
a cornerUn corner
a throw inUne touche
the resultLe résultat (du match)
the victoryLa victoire
the lossLa défaite
the squadLe groupe
the matchLe match
a driven shot (hard kick)Un tir fort
the half timeLa mi-temps
a team talkLe briefing

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