A guide to Irish football shouts for US fans you’ll meet in Dublin tonight

When the word ‘house’ has got nothing to do with a living space.

THE US NATIONAL team are in town for an international friendly with Ireland at the Aviva Stadium tonight (7.45pm).

With that in mind, here are some Irish phrases you would hear on a football pitch explained for our American friends.

“Who’s got tape?”

Meaning: A team-mate is getting stripped in the dressing room before kick-off and has inevitably forgot to bring tape to hold up their shin guards.

Soccer - Sky Bet Championship - Bournemouth v Burnley - Goldsands Stadium PA Archive / Press Association Images PA Archive / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

“House/Man on!”

Meaning: You receive possession and are immediately warned that there is an opponent right behind you.

Shane Long and Grant Hanley James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

“He’s all over him”

Meaning: A player is being fouled. Generally directed at the referee.

Soccer - Capital One Cup - First Round - Fleetwood Town v Nottingham Forest - Highbury Stadium Joe Giddens Joe Giddens

“Your man should be at the Olympics”

Meaning: A player has just attempted a pretty awful dive.

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Meaning: There aren’t players close by so you’ve got space to  take hold of possession.

Christy Fagan Ryan Byrne / INPHO Ryan Byrne / INPHO / INPHO


Meaning: If in doubt, lash it out. You are being ordered to boot the ball out of defence as hard and as fast as possible.

'Ave it

“How’s he, ref?”

Meaning: Usually said by defenders to call offside.

Britain Soccer Premier League Matt Dunham Matt Dunham

“He was a mile off “

Meaning: A stronger variation of ‘How’s he?”.

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“Get out”

Meaning: The goalkeeper has just collected a cross or delivery from a corner and wants his team-mates to leave the box.


“Jockey him”

Meaning: Stay on your feet. Don’t dive into a tackle.

Richie Towell with Gearoid Morrissey Morgan Treacy / INPHO Morgan Treacy / INPHO / INPHO

“Get stuck into these”

Meaning: Put a few challenges in and let the opposing team know they’re involved in a physical match.

Pearl Slattery fouls Natalia Pablos Sanchon to give away a penalty Ryan Byrne / INPHO Ryan Byrne / INPHO / INPHO

“Switch it”

Meaning: Spray the ball from one side of the pitch to the other. Expertly done by Xabi Alonso below.

Alonso switch YouTube YouTube

“Blow it up”

Meaning: Directed at the ref to ask him to bring the game to an end. Often said by a player from a team which is losing heavily in the dying minutes.

Britain Soccer Champions League Jon Super Jon Super

Are there any other shouts we should have included?

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