Sports Vocabulary in GermanWords around Football, Tennis & more

German Vocabulary

01.07.2022

Germany has a rich history of sports and is home to many popular sports teams and athletes. Some common sports in Germany include soccer (Fußball), basketball (Basketball), handball (Handball), and tennis (Tennis).

This is why in this post, we're going to have a look at German sports vocabulary and German words & expressions that are related to sport & physical activity.

German Sports Vocabulary

Let's start with some very general German sports vocabulary. How would you express, that you simply love doing sports or that you are quite a sporty person?

GermanEnglish
Sport treiben
Sport machen
ein Spiel spielen
sportlich sein
der Ballsport

Names for Sports in German

Learning the vocabulary for the names for sports in German can be very helpful for sports fans who don't want to give up on their favourite sport after having moved to Germany.

Here is a vocabulary list of several types of sports:

GermanEnglish
der Fußballfootball / soccer
das Tennistennis
das Golfgolf
der Basketballbasketball
der Baseballbaseball
das Skifahrenskiing
das Laufenrunning
der Marathonmarathon
Volleyballvolleyball
das Gewichthebenweightlifting
die Leichtathletikathletics
der Kampfsportmartial art
der Tanzdance

Sports Equipment in German

Knowing the vocabulary for sports gear in German can be helpful for a variety of reasons. If you are traveling to a German-speaking country and are looking to participate in a particular sport, understanding the terms for the necessary equipment is essential.

GermanEnglish
der Tennisball
der Tennisschläger
der Basketballkorb
die Skier (pl.)
das Surfboard
das Skateboard
GermanEnglish
der Schutzhandschuhprotective glove
der Mundschutzmouth guard
der Helmhelmet
die Schwimmbrilleswimming goggles
der Fußballschuhsoccer cleat
der Reithelmriding helmet
das Skateboardskateboard
das Baseballschlägerbaseball bat
der Golfschlägergolf club
das Tennisrackettennis racket
der Handschuhglove
der Skistockski pole
die Laufschuherunning shoes

Also: If you know that der Helm is a helmet and der Schutzhandschuh is a protective glove, you can more easily understand the safety precautions of a particular sport.

Protective Gear

GermanEnglish
der Schutzhandschuhprotective glove
der Mundschutzmouth guard
die Schienbeinschonershin guards
die Knieschonerknee pads
das Stirnbandheadband
der Helmhelmet
die Schulterpolstershoulder pads
der Brustschutzchest protector
die Schutzbrilleprotective goggles

Football Vocabulary

German Sports Verbs

In German, there are many verbs that are related to sports and physical activity. Some common sports verbs include spielen (to play), laufen (to run), springen (to jump), schwimmen (to swim), and fahren (to drive or ride).

There are also many German verbs that are related to specific sports, such as boxen (to box), schiessen (to shoot [in basketball or soccer]), and werfen (to throw [in handball or baseball]).

GermanEnglish
dribbeln
schießen
daneben schießen
schlagen
rennen
laufen
ein Eigentor machen
sich anstrengen
jdn. einwechseln
GermanEnglish
der Schiedsrichter
die Pfeife
das Spielfeld
das Fußballfeld
das Turnier
die Siegerehrung
der Wettkampf
der Verein
die Mannschaft
das Ergebnis
der Spielstand
das Abseits
das Aus
der Alleingang
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