Who’s who ? It’s often difficult to remember a player’s name. If you can talk about where they are on the pitch, that always helps. In lesson 3 there’s a list of the players’ positions, as well as Thai words for managers/coaches and referees/linos.
นักฟุตบอล , nák fóotbawn = a footballer
pŏm yàak jà ben nák fóotbawn dtàe mâi mee tang = “I want to be a footballer, but I’ve got no chance.”
ผู้รักษาประตู , pûu ráksăa pratuu = a goalkeeper
For goalkeeper puu raksa pratuu is often just shortened to pratuu, like saying goalie.
กองหลัง , gawng lăng = a defender
กองกลาง , gawng glaang = a midfielder
กองหน้า , gawng nâa = a forward / striker
ด้านขวา , dâan gwaa = right side
ด้านซ้าย , dâan saai = left side
Meechok gawng lăng dâan gwaa = Mechok plays right back
For right back and left back, I have also heard just the English word back/baek used.
แบกขวา , bàek gwaa = right back
แบกซ้าย , bàek saai = left back
Meechok bàek gwaa = Mechok plays right back
Genki lên gawng glaang dâan gwaa = Genki plays on the right side of midfield
Manager & Coach
Manager and Coach are used interchangeably for the person in charge of the team, Jadet Meelarp. We do have a separate team manager Ong-Arj Korsinkar, but pûu jàtgaan is normally used for the person in charge of the team on a day to day basis.
ผู้จัดการทีม , pûu jàtgaan team = a team manager
โค้ช , cóte = a coach
Ref and Lino
ผู้ตัดสิน , pûu dtàtsĭn = a referee
ผู้ช่วยผู้ตัดสิน , pûu chûai pûu dtàtsĭn = an assistant referee
กรรมการ , gamagaan = ref or lino (or committee or etc……)
“pûu dtàtsĭn” this is the correct translation for referee, but it’s not normally used. If you’re talking about the referee you normally use gamagaan. This word can mean a person or a committee making a decision. It’s a general word, so can be used for referee or assistant referee.
กรรมการ ตาบอด , gamagaan dtaa bàwt = the ref or lino is blind
That’s all the people right here, right now. You know what I mean?
The football vocabulary is largely from pickup-thai.com , not Thai for picking up, a good website for learning Thai. This page has the essential vocabulary and all important sound files for the football words and phrases http://pickup-thai.com/a-glossary-of-football-terms/ We can write out vocab in English, but to really get the sounds right it’s good to listen to the sound files.