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What is more common in AE?

He made a goal.

He scored a goal.

So is "made" or "score" used in soccer? I mean which one is more common?

  • I can't comment from the AmE perspective, but some Google phrase searching suggests that scored is more common; there are more results for made, but the first couple of pages is mostly cases where there's one or more words after goal that make it quite a different thing - like "make a goal kick" or "make a goal scoring start to the season". – SamBC Apr 4 at 19:37
  • score is the official term used in American soccer games. – Lambie Apr 4 at 19:48
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The commentators and talking heads say scored, without necessarily saying the word goal. When they are excited, they say something like: "And he scored!"

The only problem with this is that it doesn't really allow for those long GOALLLLLLL!! one hears in Spanish and Portuguese. A pity, really. They could, if wanted to, still yell that out but they don't.

The full phrase in AmE is to score a goal.

And more recently, one hears a lot of golazos when stars like Messie are playing and the shots are daring or difficult.

Sometimes, in a long,fast speech on football (soccer), one might hear make a goal, too.

I live in the States and watch a lot of soccer on TV but my favorite commentator is Englishman Ray Hudson, who is known for his language. He recently said that some play or other was "as a sloppy as a soup sandwich."

  • I am very reassured to hear that 😉 I know that you Americans use some strange terms around one of our (Brits') national sports, but the idea of "making a goal" just seems strange to me. And yeah, we have a very different attitude to sports commentary. How they fill the time during cricket commentary can get very amusing. Or bewildering, depending on how you take it. I once heard them comparing the curries made by different player's mothers. That was weird. – SamBC Apr 4 at 19:35
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    We sometimes say got a goal, too. – snailcar Apr 4 at 19:53
  • I would think you can make a goal in that it's an action you are causing to be completed, like making a pass, or making an assist, or making an interception. Most of the time, of course, you're interested in the effect on the score, hence score a basket, score a hat trick, scored a run, and so on would be preferable, but I don't myself object to make. – choster Apr 4 at 20:12
  • @snailboat clinched a goal. kicked it in. Etc. etc. etc. – Lambie Apr 4 at 20:20
  • @choster: I can't say why, but we (Brits) just wouldn't use it in that way, in my experience. I think people might use made the conversion in rugby, and we certainly use the idiom made it, but I don't think we would use it for a goal. I think made a try gets used in rugby, too, though not that often. – SamBC Apr 4 at 22:40

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