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Announcer Shows His Soccer Ignorance

It might not seem like much to most people, but when I hear sports announcers/commentators use the wrong words, I wince, cringe and feel annoyance.

The latest case in point: Today’s FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer match between France and England (very boring, I might add, which was why I found myself listening to the announcers/commentators). Every time England would pass the ball from one sideline to the other sideline, the Fox Sports announcer Justin Kutcher would say, “And now, England switches fields.”

But they didn’t. The players stayed on that same artificial pitch in the stadium in Moncton, New Brunswick.

What they did was switch sides of the field. From left to right or right to left (or up and down on your TV set).

Field, in this case, means “an area constructed, equipped or marked for sports.” That’s where they played.

I shouldn’t have been surprised. Kutcher is not a soccer announcer. He mostly calls college football, college basketball and Major League Baseball games.

But his partner, Aly Wagner, was a national team player. She should have known better.

Until next time! Use the right words!


June 9, 2015 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Lee,
    So what would you call this? This description of “switching the field” is common coach instruction to players and colloquial usage among spectators for when players pass to switch play from one side of the field to another?


    Comment by Soccer Mom | June 9, 2015 | Reply

    • Hi Debi. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with “Switch sides.” As a referee, I mostly hear coaches and players shout, “Switch it!” Everyone knows what they mean. I don’t recommend using colloquialisms, even though we all do.


      Comment by usingtherightwords | June 9, 2015 | Reply

    • Having played organized soccer, football, and baseball, I have not once ever heard anybody use the phrase “switching the field”.


      Comment by D | April 18, 2018 | Reply

      • *at least not to describe teams switching sides. “Switching the field” is a strategy employed to move a player (or players) down the field to attain better scoring position.


        Comment by D | April 18, 2018

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