Spanish Soccer Vocabulary

Man playing soccer

Soccer (or fútbol) is the national sport of Spain and the most widely watched sport on Earth. The simple requirements (a ball, something to mark the goals) and power to bring families together has made it a popular sport and cornerstone of many communities all around the globe. Chances are, whatever Spanish-speaking country you choose to visit, there will be an opportunity to catch a game of soccer. While having polite conversations about the weather or your vacation plans with local Spanish speakers may be pleasant and intellectually stimulating, there’s nothing like witnessing the raw emotion that surfaces at a soccer match.

While you’re there, you’ll surely want to understand the comments of the announcers so that you can find out more about the players and the history of the team, and then make predictions of your own. Completing this deck will allow you to understand not only the announcers, but, even more interestingly, the comments of your fellow onlookers.

Imagine striking up a conversation with local fans about the team’s odds and discussing specific tactics. Being able to experience a shared passion with local Spanish speakers and fully join in on the rollercoaster of emotion that a soccer game offers will undoubtedly be one of the most fulfilling moments of your language learning journey.

Spanish Soccer Vocabulary

With Lingvist you can learn more than just the words for “ball” and “goalposts.” Learn how to discuss tactics, rankings, playing styles, and more!

SpanishEnglish
equipo

El equipo tiene once jugadores.
team

The team has eleven players.
liga

¿En qué liga juega tu equipo ahora?
league

In which league is your team currently playing?
defensa

La defensa del equipo es la mejor de toda la liga.
defence

The team's defence is the best in the whole league.
entrenador

El nuevo entrenador preparó a su equipo para las semifinales.
trainer

The trainer prepared his team for the semi-finals.
fase

La segunda fase del plan concluirá en un año.
phase

The second phase of the plan will be completed in one year.
adversario

El entrenador trató de entender las tácticas del adversario.
opponent

The coach tried to understand the opponent's tactics.
contraataque

El contraataque del adversario fue completamente inesperado.
counterattack

The opponent's counterattack came very unexpectedly.
estirada

¿Le van a dar un tiro libre al equipo contrario después de esta estirada?
dive

Will the opponents get a free kick after this dive?
juego

Analizaron el juego del adversario.
playing style

They analysed the opponent's playing style.
marcar

Después de la última derrota, el equipo volvió a marcar hoy.
to score

After the last defeat, the team was able to score again today.
descanso

El entrenador cambió de táctica durante el descanso.
break

During the break, the trainer changed tactics.
jugó

David Silva jugó sin descanso hasta el momento de la lesión.
played

David Silva played without a break until the time of the injury.
equipos

¿Qué equipos han jugado hoy?
teams

Which teams have played today?
encuentro

Los equipos tuvieron un encuentro amistoso.
meeting

The meeting of the two teams was friendly.
partido

El partido que disputaron ambos equipos fue genial.
match

The competition between the two teams was great.
resultado

El resultado fue 5 a 2.
result

The final score was 5:2.
empate

El encuentro terminó con un empate.
draw

The two teams parted with a draw.
victoria

La victoria fue para los franceses.
victory

The victory went to the French.
cabeza

Con esta victoria, vuelven a la cabeza de la liga.
top

With this victory, they are back at the top of the league.
cuartos

Con esta victoria, España se pone en los cuartos de final.
quarters

After the victory, Spain is now in the quarterfinals.
estadio

Estábamos en el estadio y vimos el partido en directo.
stadium

We were at the stadium and saw the match live.
campo

El campo de este estadio está bien preparado.
field

The field at this stadium is well prepared.
clasificación

Quedaron terceros en la clasificación.
ranking

They took third place in the ranking.
luchadores

Después de este partido, los defensas han demostrado que son auténticos luchadores.
fighters

The defenders proved after this game that they are true fighters.