Most Common Soccer Words in Chinese
Diving, Penalty, Offside and More Expressions
How to say soccer words in Chinese? How do you talk about the game you watched over the weekend?
Believe it or not, China has a huge population of soccer fans and they get very excited during major events such as the World Cup, Euro Cup, etc. Next time you walk in to a bar on a day when there’s a big match playing. How do you talk about what’s going on over a bottle of beer? How about we start with the most common soccer words in Chinese, and some expressions and example sentences you might find useful during the conversation?
Own Goal in Chinese: 乌龙球
tā jìn le yí jì wū lóng qiú
He scored an own goal.
Hat-Trick in Chinese: 帽子戏法
tā chéng gōng de shàng yǎn le mào zi xì fǎ
He successfully completed his hat-trick.
Goal Drought in Chinese: 进球荒
rén men dōu bù zhī dào tā shén me shí hòu cái néng dǎ pò jìn qiú huāng
People don’t know when he can break his goal drought.
Foul in Chinese: 犯规
zhè shì yí cì chéng gōng de jì shù fàn guī
This was a successful tactical foul.
Diving in Chinese: 假摔
tā kào jiǎ shuāi piàn le yí gè diǎn qiú
His fake diving got him a penalty kick!
Handball in Chinese: 手球
nǐ zhī dào lì shǐ shàng zuì zhù míng de shǒu qiú shì nǎ cì ma
Do you know which is the most famous hand ball in history?
Offside in Chinese: 越位
qián fēng yòu yuè wèi le! jìn qiú wú xiào!
The striker was offside again! The goal is invalid!
Penalty Kick in Chinese: 点球
yì dà lì duì zài bǐ sài dì bā shí jiǔ fēn zhōng huò dé yí gè diǎn qiú
Italy got a penalty kick in the 89th minute of the game!
Free Kick in Chinese: 任意球
bā xī duì kāi rèn yì qiú shí, cháo xiǎn duì dā le yí gè shí rén de rén qiáng
On one free kick from Brazil, North Korea set up a 10-man wall.
Corner Kick in Chinese: 角球
tā kāi chū le yí jì piào liang de jiǎo qiú
He did a wonderful corner kick.
Yellow Card in Chinese: 黄牌
guāng shì shàng bàn chǎng tā men duì jiù chī le liǎng zhāng huáng pái
Their team got two yellow cards just in the first half.
Red Card in Chinese: 红牌
zhè chǎng bǐ sài huǒ yào wèi hěn nóng, hóng pái mǎn tiān fēi
The match was very ill-tempered, there were red cards all over the place.
Referee in Chinese: 裁判
zhè chǎng bǐ sài de cái pàn jiǎn zhí jiù shì xx duì de dì shí èr míng qiú yuán
In the game, the referee was literally the 12th player of xx team.
Linesman in Chinese: 边裁
biān cái jiù zài páng biān, zěn me kě néng méi kàn dào fàn guī
The linesman was right in front of him, how could he not see the foul?
“Black Whistle” in Chinese: 黑哨”
nǐ shì cái pǎn hái shì hēi shào
Are you the referee or are you cheating?!
Coach in Chinese: 主教练
zhǔ jiào liàn zài chǎng biān de xiǎo dòng zuò bèi pāi xià lái le
The coach’s “weird little behaviors” by the field were caught on camera.
Half-time Interval in Chinese: 中场休息
zú qiú bǐ sài de zhōng chǎng xiū xi shí jiān shì shí wǔ fēn zhōng
The half-time interval is 15 minutes for a soccer game.
Injury Time in Chinese: 伤停补时
bǐ sài yǐ jīng jìn rù shāng tíng bǔ shí
The game has entered injury time.
Extra Time in Chinese: 加时赛
jīng guò le jiā shí sài hé diǎn qiú dà zhàn, tā suǒ zài de duì wǔ yíng de le bǐ sài
His team won the game after overtime and a shootout.