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Express Series English for Football

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Express Series English for Football

A short, specialist English course

Format: Mixed media format
See also: Electronic book text | e-book

English for Football is an ideal short course for anyone who plays football, coaches players or manages a team.

  • ISBN: 978-0-19-457974-2

English for Football is part of the Express Series. It is an ideal course for students who want to communicate better in English in the world of football.

This short, intensive course can be completed in 25-30 hours, so students make progress quickly.

English for Football can be used as a stand-alone course, for self-study using the interactive MultiROM, or alongside a coursebook such as International Express.

Educational discount pricing

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This pack includes:

  • Student's Book
  • MultiROM

Key features

  • Foreword by Sir Alex Ferguson
  • Engaging topics and a variety of exercises provide a framework for each specialist subject
  • SKILLS SPOTS cover important skills, such as narrowing the angles and cutting inside
  • KICK-OFF section at the beginning of each unit activates English and football knowledge
  • PROFILE section at the end of each unit features international football players learning English
  • Answers, transcripts, tests, and a glossary of footballing terms at the back of the book
  • Self-study material on the interactive MultiROM includes realistic listening extracts and interactive exercises for extra practice


English for Football gives students the communication skills they need in the world of football.

English for Football focuses on vocabulary and expressions used in this global sport. Training, tactics and skills are covered along with topics such as nutrition, fitness and treatment.

English for Football is specifically designed for students at beginner and elementary level, so that students with low levels of English can comfortably acquire the language needed to communicate in football.


  • 'Perhaps the biggest strength to this book is the content. The vocabulary within each unit fits the need for any overseas player looking to communicate in an English speaking club. For example, for midfielders, there's track back, drop deep, through ball, play on, cut inside... Also within each unit there's a situational dialogue providing the learners with useful language such as how to ask for advice, how to help each other and for the less than perfect player, how to apologise! The language points are consolidated by extra tasks to do at the back of the book and a CD rom with further tasks. On a side note, I quite like the variety in the controlled practice tasks as they aren't all gap-fills and are likely to keep the students' interest...
  • I would imagine that this book would be useful on the shelf of any staffroom as it could be used to supplement small or one-to-one classes of teenagers or adults who are interested in football.'
    - International House Journal of Education and Development, Issue 34, Summer 2013

Meet the authors

Alan Redmond and Sean Warren are the authors of English for Football, and teach English to football players and students at football academies in the UK. In the first video, they discuss how English for Football engages students, piloting the material at Manchester United soccer schools, and the difference that changing the name 'Tom' to 'Ronaldinho' can make in the classroom.

In the second video, Alan and Sean explain how they put the course together, highlighting features such as the profile pages where footballers talk about their experiences learning English.

Part One

Part Two

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