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Sports management and team selection

bench

verb

to make a sports player stop playing a game for a short time

call up

to ask someone to play in a sports team, especially in an international match

call-up

noun

an invitation to someone to play in a sports team, especially in an international match

cap

verb

to give a player a place in a country’s team for an international match in football, rugby, or cricket

captain

noun

the player who leads a sports team

captain

verb

to lead a sports team

captaincy

noun

the job of being the captain of a sports team, or the time during which someone is captain

draft in

to bring someone into a team or group of people in order to help them do something

draw

verb

to choose one player to compete against another

draw

noun

a way of choosing which teams or players will compete against each other by taking names out of a container

drop

verb

to not include someone on a team

get on

to be chosen to be part of a group or team

match

verb

to make a person or team compete against a particular opponent

place

noun

an opportunity to be a member of a sports team or to take part in a game or competition

play

verb

to use a particular person in your team

professionalism

noun

the use of professional players in a sport

promote

verb

to move a team to a higher level in their sport

recall

verb

to choose a sports player to be in a team again after a period when they have not been in it

recall

noun

an occasion when a sports player is chosen to be in a team again after a period when they have not been in it

regular

noun

someone who often plays a sport with the same team

retire

verb

to stop taking part in a game or sports competition because you are injured or ill, or to make someone do this

rule out of

to make it impossible for a player to take part in a game or competition

scratch

adjective

a scratch team or game is one that is organized quickly using any players who are available

seed

verb

to give a player or team a number showing how likely they are to win a competition

skipper

noun

someone who is in charge of a team. The more formal word is captain.

skipper

verb

to be the skipper of a ship or team

sub

verb

to substitute one player for another in a sport such as football

substitute

verb

to replace a member of a sports team with another player during a game

transfer fee

noun

the amount of money that one professional football team pays to another for one of their players

wild card

noun

permission to take part in a sports competition that you would not normally be allowed to play in

seeded

adjective

be relegated

to be moved into a lower division in sport

strength in depth

if a team has strength in depth, it has a lot of good extra players that it can use when necessary

kabaddi

a game in which two teams of seven players take turns to chase and try to touch players on the opposing team

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