Sports

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Vocabulary for IELTS (Basic) - Lesson 12

Vocabulary for IELTS (Basic)
American football
American footballnoun

a sport played by two teams of 11 players who carry, throw, or kick an oval ball on a rectangular field

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baseball
baseballnoun

a game played with a bat and ball by two teams of 9 players who try to hit the ball and then run around four bases before the other team can return the ball

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basketball
basketballnoun

a type of sport played between two teams of 5 players, who try to win points by throwing a ball through a net hanging from a ring

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to catch
to catchverb

to stop and hold an object that is moving through the air by hands

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fan
fannoun

someone who has a strong admiration or interest for someone or something; a person who admires someone or something

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field
fieldnoun

a piece of land used for playing a game or sport on

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hockey
hockeynoun

a game played by two teams of eleven players on grass or a field, using long sticks to put a hard ball in the opposite team's goal

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to kick
to kickverb

to hit or strike with the foot, usually the ball in sports such as soccer

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to score
to scoreverb

to gain a point, goal, etc. in a game, competition, or sport

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table tennis
table tennisnoun

a game similar to tennis, but played on a table by two or four players who hit a small ball to each other across a net

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courtnoun

an area where people can play basketball, tennis, etc.

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half-timenoun

a short break between two halves of a game or match

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qualificationnoun

a skill or personal quality that makes someone suitable for a particular job or activity

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rugby
rugbynoun

a game played by two teams of thirteen or fifteen players, who kick or carry an oval ball over the other team’s line to score points

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racket
racketnoun

an object with a handle, an oval frame and a tightly fixed net, used for hitting the ball in sports such as badminton, tennis, etc.

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to attackverb

(in sports) to go forward and make an attempt to score a goal or point against an opponent

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referee
refereenoun

an official who is in charge of a game, making sure the rules are obeyed by the players

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defensenoun

(in sports) the players who try to not allow the opposing team to score; the position or role of these players on the field

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helmet
helmetnoun

a hard hat worn by soldiers, bikers, etc. for protection

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pitch
pitchnoun

a flat ground prepared and marked for playing particular sports, such as soccer

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to shootverb

to try to score points in a ball game by kicking, hitting, or throwing the ball

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areanoun

a part of a space or structure that is used for a specific purpose

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basenoun

(baseball) any of the four stations that the runner must reach to score a run

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batter
batternoun

(in baseball) the player who tries to hit the ball with a bat

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bowlernoun

(cricket) a player who throws the ball to the batsman

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to defendverb

(in sports) to prevent an opponent from scoring a goal or point

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foulnoun

an act in a sport that is against the rules and is not allowed

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penaltynoun

(in games and sports) a disadvantage that a team or player is given for violating a rule

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umpire
umpirenoun

an official who is in charge of a game and makes sure players obey the rules in sports such as tennis, baseball, and cricket

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to tackleverb

to try to take the ball from the players of the other team, usually by forcing them down, in sports such as football or rugby

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