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matches • atmosphere • the pitch
season tickets • a handful
  1. All of those kids must be quite to keep in order.
  2. I only went to about 3 games last year even though I had .
  3. He only played in two professional before he was injured.
  4. You could tell by the that something was wrong.
  5. was really wet from all of the rain.
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237 Football Fan
Lois talks about football from a fan's perspective.

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professional match

Have you ever been to a professional football match?

A 'professional match' is a game where you watch two professional teams play against each other.  Notice the following:

  1. Professional matches are the most exciting to watch.
  2. He went to his first professional match last week.


The atmosphere is normally amazing.

When used like this 'atmosphere' refers to the general emotional feeling of a place. Notice the following:

  1. The whole atmosphere of this city is fast paced and stressful.
  2. This is my favorite bar because of its relaxed atmosphere.

close to the pitch

Because their stadiums are quite small, you're quite close to the pitch.

The 'pitch' is the field or ground where the players play.  If you are 'close to' something there is a not a great distance between you and the other thing. Notice the following:

  1. These seats are really close to the pitch.
  2. When you are close the pitch you can see the players' expressions.

season ticket

It's really difficult to get a ticket, because everybody has a season ticket.

A 'season ticket' means you buy a ticket to all the games played on the home field. Notice the following:

  1. The company gives all of its employees season tickets.
  2. Next year we are definitely getting season tickets.

quite a handful

That's quite a handful how you spelled it.

If something or somebody is difficult or complicated with can say they are 'quite a handful.' Notice the following:

  1. Your full name is a quite a handful to remember.
  2. My son can be quite a handful when he's tired.