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11 Abstract Football Terms That Don't Really Exist

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In football in the vast lexicon of football parlance there are many phrases that stick out as being slightly undefinable. They are cliches that have been handed down from pundit to pundit in order to give commentators a catch all phrase that can describe many different occurrences on a football field.

And a lot of them don't really exist, or at the very least they are hard to put your finger on. Nevertheless we've given it a try.

1. The Corridor Of Uncertainty

The imaginary area between the goalkeeper and the shoulder of the last defender, where balls are whipped in. The corridor of uncertainty is more a state of mind of a goalkeeper when these balls arrive into the box, as a keeper is torn between coming out for the ball or staying.

2. The Danger Zone

The 'danger zone' is a popular song by Kenny Loggins but is also a football cliche denoting anywhere in the box where a player can conceivably score a goal.

3. The Hole

The coveted hole! Oh to play in the hole. The hole is located somewhere between the forward line and midfield and only the best technicians in the game get to play there. False Nines have also been known to drop into the hole.

4. Pockets (Of Space)

Pockets of space can appear anywhere on the pitch but mainly occur between the lines. They are usually found by a diminutive number 1o.

5. The Mixer

Somewhere in a crowded box, the mixer only exists when corners and free kicks are given.


6. The Channels


The left and right sides of a pitch, but only God knows how long or wide they are. Playmakers are usually given the job of irrigating the channels. Irish strikers have also made a name for themselves over the years for running the channels.

7. House

Spare a thought for this poor fella.

8. The Fringes

The more erratic talents in the game, may be seen to be operating 'on the fringes of the game', wherever they are.


9. No-man's Land

The bete noire of the goalkeeper, no-man's land can be in the mixer but it can also be further out the pitch after a keeper gets a rush of blood to the head.

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10. Row-Z

Thousands upon thousands of penalties, free kicks and long range strikes have been tragically lost to Row Z. There is one in every stadium.


11. The Bus

Ah yes, the much maligned bus. Buses have become much more commonplace in recent times. These vehicles are mainly to thank for defensive masterclasses or bad games of football, depending on your standpoint. Buses are only ever parked in front of the goals of the away team and are the most despised of abstract football terms.

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