- noun ⇨ See also ↑soccer1 gameADJECTIVE▪ attractive, good▪ entertaining, exciting, great▪ fine, fluent, neat (all BrE)▪ one-touch (BrE)▪
The Dutch team impressed the fans with their classy one-touch football.▪ amateur, pro (esp. AmE), professional▪ boys', girls', men's, women's▪ junior, senior (both BrE)▪ first-team (BrE)▪ college, high-school (AmE), varsity (AmE)▪ club, league, non-league (all BrE)▪ domestic (BrE), international, world▪ live (esp. BrE)▪ American (BrE), Australian rules, Canadian, Gaelic▪ rugby▪ flag, tackle, touch (all AmE)▪ five-a-side (BrE)▪ fantasy… OF FOOTBALL▪ gameVERB + FOOTBALL▪ play▪ watch▪ follow▪
Even people who don't follow football closely take great pride in their team.▪ coachFOOTBALL + NOUN▪ club, league▪ squad, team▪ hero, legend, player, star▪ field, ground (BrE), pitch (BrE), stadium▪ terraces (BrE)▪
The government is trying to tackle violence on the football terraces.▪ boots (BrE), cleats (AmE), jersey, kit (BrE), shirt, shoes (AmE), shorts (BrE), strip (BrE), uniform (AmE)▪ helmet, pads (both in American football)▪ captain, coach, referee▪ agent, management, manager▪ fan, follower (BrE), jock (AmE), supporter (BrE)▪ crowd▪ championship, game, match (BrE), play-off (esp. AmE), tournament▪ draft (AmE)▪ season▪ practice, training▪ career▪ hooliganism, violence (both esp. BrE)▪ hooligan (esp. BrE)▪ chant (BrE)▪ coverage, news▪ commentator, pundit (esp. BrE), writer▪ world▪
The football world was rocked by the scandal.▪ scholarship (esp. AmE)▪ trial (BrE), tryout (AmE)2 ballADJECTIVE▪ leather▪ political (figurative)▪
Children's education should not be treated as a political football.VERB + FOOTBALL▪ catch, kick, kick around (BrE), punt (AmE), throw, toss (esp. AmE)
Collocations dictionary. 2013.