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Ali Krieger - Distribution

Ali Krieger - Distribution English, baby! Video Lesson
阿里·克里格 - 分球

Date: Oct 25 2011

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Ali Krieger is a smart soccer player. As a defender for the US Women’s National Team, she decides where to pass the ball and how to sets the plan in motion. She is in charge of distribution. Ali is one of only four American players who played every minute of the 2011 Women’s World Cup. She did a lot of distributing.

When you distribute something, you give it to people or decide where it goes. Luckily, this international star who also plays for FFC Frankfurt, was happy to take a break from distributing the ball and distribute some of her knowledge of soccer English to students like you. We recently met with Ali and talked about many uses of the term “distribution”.

当你分发东西时,意味着你要将东西送给某人,或决定它的去向。很幸运,这位效力于 FFC 法兰克福俱乐部的国际球星,很乐意将她的一部分足球英语知识传授给像你一样的学生。我们最近见到了阿里,并谈论了术语“分发”的许多用法。

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Jason:  Welcome to English, baby! I am Jason here with Ali Krieger of the US Women’s National Soccer Team and we’re going to talk a little bit about a term that is used by defenders, “distribution”.

Ali:  Yeah, distribution applies not only off the field but on the field as well. Especially as a defender and distributing the ball to forwards or midfielders and also from the goalkeeper and being able to distribute the ball to us out wide and we’re able then to begin the play. That’s “distribution”, what it means in soccer terms.

Jason:  So if the ball comes to you, you kind of grab it and you consider where to send it. What do you think about when you’re trying to think who to pass it to?

Ali:  I don’t know. I kind of look before I receive the ball. I can have an idea of where to play it. But the goalkeeper distributes the ball to me as an outside back or a center back, and then I’ll distribute the ball forward to a midfielder coming on or an outside midfielder or a forward coming to receive the ball so that they can receive it, turn and continue to play. Or I play it back and around so we can switch the point of attack.

Jason:  Cool. And then how do you use distribution outside of soccer? Like, what are some sort of day to day uses for it?

Ali:  I guess in day to day distributing not only in advertising or in shopping, you can use it in the supermarket or anywhere, distributing products.

Jason:  Or even just with your friends. Your coach kind of distributed blue jerseys to some of you guys.

Ali:  Yeah good example. Or at school distributing books, or distributing uniforms, or distributing information can maybe distributed as well. So…

Jason:  We’ll distribute this interview.

Ali:  English, baby!


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Once Ali has stopped the opponent from scoring and gained control of the ball, she decides where to pass it so that her team can begin their attack. This is called distribution. Ali says she often plans where she will distribute the ball just before she gets it.

Outside of soccer, people talk about distribution in business. Manufacturers want to get a wide distribution of their product, which means it will be available in a lot of stores. You can also distribute something among your friends. You can distribute slices of cake to the guests at a birthday party. You can also distribute information by sharing it with other people. Feel free to distribute this lesson to any soccer fans you know!

Do you like to be the distributor when you play sports? How do you use the concept of distribution in your life?

For more with Ali, see the second half of this interview or visit our blog.



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I’m not good being the distributor playing soccer, actually I just like to be the goalkeeper, I’m better doing it.

I think everyday we have lots of situations in which distribution is present, as when we need to distribute something, as when somebody else is doing it and we are like, receiving it. It’s such a comprehensive topic!

05:44 PM Nov 15 2011 |



very good

09:10 AM Nov 15 2011 |



South Korea

distributer must be very smart who can read the overall stratagey of a director and mind of players. i think he or she is a leader in the front line. sometimes, they cut the discouraging atmosphere on the playground to get the ball off to wide. other times. they inspired players to go forward to get scores. that’s is to put the strategy in motion. back must get others’ back

10:39 PM Oct 30 2011 |




CoolYes, I like to be a distributor when playing soccer. It can let out team to unite to face our opponent. Besides that, I think we usually distribute our time to do many things in a day.  

04:03 AM Oct 30 2011 |




Distribution is a term refers to things we do in our life .. In ball sports ” distribution ” is very important , needed someone smart to do ..

Our life need ” distribution ” to control our works or duties , we distribute every thing in our mind & planning  first  and then we do ….

Regards ….................

06:48 PM Oct 26 2011 |



Saudi Arabia

i like distributor when play sports.

01:36 PM Oct 26 2011 |




for sport in football i prefer playing astriker because iam tall 

for the concept of distibutions in term projects in my study in the un iversity we distribute the work among all members of us

09:11 PM Oct 25 2011 |




sometimes we need smth and the way of distribution really solve the problem.

08:57 PM Oct 25 2011 |



Saudi Arabia

The way that I use the concept of distribution, in work , I mean  preparing the paper to be  sent to the concerned department.

04:00 PM Oct 25 2011 |



Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

hi, guys  indeed i don’t convince all-female sports  sorry i say that , but at the same time it’s nice lesson. 

have a good day

03:49 PM Oct 25 2011 |




persnay i ike soccer


03:02 PM Oct 25 2011 |



As for soccer,i just know from england and different foodball,i don’t know is right or not,because i have never seen soccer before,i like watch world cup very much ,almost from my childhood,ever time when world cup coming,i will bought some beer and invit some of my friends watching match together,but for now ,i don’t like seeing the match which include chinese,i really feel shaming for that,it’s ugly,whatever skill or other else,expeciall the cooperation,everyone just do it by self,lack cooperation spirit,that’s why always fail on the green field,so i just don’t want care china football team all the time.

02:35 PM Oct 25 2011 |




learned a lot about soccor. soccor is more popular in china than football, and soccor played by women are more welcomed by chinese cause they play better and always win a prinze in international competition. i hope male soccor can beat up soon!

12:53 PM Oct 25 2011 |




In fact, at the moment, i use the distribution term in sharing English informations and English websites with my friends.

12:13 PM Oct 25 2011 |


Viet Nam

I think, sports is not only to get the high score but also to co-operation. In any sport need co-ordination, it need to be distribution.

In life, I really need the distribution because we live in the world we share many thing togother. We share the information, we share the natural resouce like water, food, when we go, we joint to the trafic and we need to share.

07:21 AM Oct 25 2011 |



United States

Yeah I like being the distributor when I play sports. :) When I play basketball I like being the ‘assist’ man. I look for opportunities to set up one of my teammates for a good shot opportunity by pretending to drive towards the basket and than passing to one of my own guys for a shot. in my life I distribute information that I find inspirational on my Facebook page. I read what my friends have distributed as well. :)

06:12 AM Oct 25 2011 |

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america women team so good this year

12:08 AM Oct 25 2011 |




Amazing is how in the Us soccer is played by women in general. I think that american girls are altogether  more incline to  play soccer than  in any other country. I, as a soccer  fan am happy  to watch them playing it on the american fields. 

07:58 PM Oct 24 2011 |

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