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French Basketball Vocabulary

French Basketball Vocabulary

Lexique pour le basket-ball

On this page you’ll find a list of French basketball vocabulary including equipment names, parts of the court and useful verbs. While basketball is in American sport it is also very popular in France. In France the game has been played for over 100 years and is administered by the Fédération française de basket-ball (French Federation of Basketball) and is played under the Ligue nationale de basket-ball (National Basketball League.

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  • le panier basket
  • le filet net
  • l’anneau hoop
  • le ballon ball
  • le panneau backboard
  • le numéro number
  • la ligne de trois points 3-point line
  • la ligne de centre center line
  • le terrain court
  • la ligne de bout endline
  • la ligne de lancer franc free-throw line
  • le cercle central center circle
  • l’arbitre referee
  • la ligne de touche sideline
  • lancer to throw
  • attrapper to catch
  • tirer to shoot sauter to jump
  • marquer to mark
  • bloquer to block
  • faire rebondir to bounce/dribble
  • faire un dunk to dunk the ball
  • la passe pass
  • la rentrée throw-in
  • la faute foul
  • l’entre-deux jump ball
  • le rebond rebound
  • hors jeux out of bounds
  • le joueur player
  • le basket basket ball
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