French Soccer Vocabulary (List of European Football Terms)

vocabulaire de football européan

Soccer, called both “le football” and “le foot” is by far the most popular sport in France and is played thousands of people across the country. France has been a leader in soccer both in Europe and internationally as it hosted and won the FIFA World Cup in 1998. Here you will learn some basic soccer vocabulary in French including words for equipment and the various players on the field.

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Basic vocabulary




The field

  • Soccer field (pitch) le terrain de foot
  • Goalpost le poteau
  • Net le filet 
  • Crossbar la barre traversale 
  • Goal le but
  • Central circle le cercle central 
  • Penalty area la surface de réparation 
  • Goal line la ligne de but 
  • Corner flag le drapeau de coin 

The game

  • Foul la faute 
  • Yellow card la carton jaune 
  • Extra time la prolongation 
  • Corner le corner 
  • Off-side l’hors jeu 
  • Draw, tie l’égalité 
  • Penalty le penalty 
  • Red card le carton rouge 
  • Send off l’expulsion 
  • Half time la mi-temps 


  • to dribble dribbler 
  • to head the ball faire une tête 
  • to kick botter 
  • to pass (the ball) faire une passe 
  • to shoot (the ball) shooter 
  • to save (the ball) sauver 
  • to tackle tacler 
  • to score a goal marquer un but 
  • free kick faire un coup franc 


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