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Commentating, refereeing, and judging sports and competitions

book

verb

if a sports referee books a player who has broken the rules, the player’s name is recorded in an official book. In football, a player who is booked gets a yellow card

booking

noun

an occasion when a football player’s name is officially recorded by the referee because he or she has broken a rule

call

verb

to make an official decision about something that happens in a sports game

call

noun

a decision made by an official in a sports game

card

verb

to give a player a red card or yellow card in football, for bad behaviour

commentary box

noun

the place where the commentators sit at a sports game

commentate

verb

to give a description of an event or sports competition on television or radio as it happens

judge

noun

someone who decides who the winner of a competition will be

judge

verb

to decide who or what is the winner of a competition

linesman

noun

someone whose job is to decide whether a ball has gone out of the playing area in sports such as tennis and football

officiate

verb

to be in charge of a game or competition and check that the players obey the rules

order off

to tell a player officially to leave the sports field because they have done something that is not allowed by the rules

red card

noun

a card shown to a football player for a serious offence against the rules, ordering them to leave the field. A player is shown a yellow card for a minor offence and if they are shown another yellow card for a second offence, they are then automatically shown a red card too.

ref

noun

a referee

referee

noun

someone whose job is to make sure that players in a game obey the rules

referee

verb

to be a referee in a game

score

verb

to judge someone’s effort in a competition or in a test and give them points

score

verb

to record the score in a game

scorer

noun

an official in a game or sports event who is responsible for keeping an accurate record of the points won

send off

to tell a sports player officially to leave the sports field because they have done something that is not allowed by the rules

starter

noun

an official who signals the start of a race, especially by firing a gun

timekeeper

noun

someone who records the time that is taken to do something, especially at a sports event

umpire

noun

someone whose job is to make sure that players obey the rules in some sports, for example tennis, baseball, and cricket. Someone who does this in other games, such as football and rugby, is called a referee.

yellow card

noun

in football, a small yellow card shown to a player to warn them that they have done something wrong

umpire

verb

keep score

to keep a record of the score in a game

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