Spanish about Sports – Vocabulary and Conversation

Spanish Vocabulary and Phrases about Sports

Here are some sentences to talk about doing sport. Notice that when we talk about playing a specific sport using the verb «jugar», we need the preposition «a» preceding the sport:

Spanish Phrases about Sports


Juego al tenis todas las semanas = I play tennis every week. (Click to learn the contraction «al»)

¿Quieres jugar conmigo al baloncesto? = Do you wanna play basket with me?

Nadar es muy bueno para la salud = Swimming is very good for your health.

El equipo de azul ganó el partido de fútbol = The team in blue won the football (soccer) match. 

El partido terminó veinte a dieciocho = The match ended 20 -18.

¿Qué deportes practicas habitualmente? = Which sports do you play regularly?




Verbs

hacer deporteto do sport
jugar al tenisto play tennis
ir al gimnasioto go to the gym
hacer ejercicioto exercise
correrto rum
nadarto swimm
competirto compete

Sports

el deportesport
el fútbolsoccer
el fútbol americanoAmerican football
el baloncestobasket
el béisbolbaseball
el tenistennis
el tenis de mesaping pong
el esquíski
el atletismoathletics
el boxeoboxing
el ciclismocycling
el golfgolf
el hockey (sobre hielo)(ice) hockey

People

For most sports, the words for the people that practice them fall into these 2 categories:

Ending in «-ista» for both male and female:

  • – El futbolista
  • – La futbolista

Other words ending in «-ista»:

deportistasportsman/woman
futbolistasoccer player, football player
baloncestistabasket player
beisbolistabaseball player
tenistatennis player
ciclistacyclist
golfistagolfer

Ending in «-or» for male and «-ora» for female:

el esquiador
la esquiadora
skier
el boxeador
la boxeadora
boxer

There are a few exceptions that don’t fall into those 2 categories. For example, «atleta» is athlete for both male and female.




Things we use

el balónball (for football, basket…)
la pelota / la bolaball (for tennis, ping pong, golf…)
la raquetaracket
la bicicletabycicle
el batebat

Words about competition

el partidomatch
la carrerarace
el equipoteam
el resultadothe score
la competicióncompetition
el torneotournament
el estadiostadium
el campeónchampion
el campo de fútbolfootball/soccer field
la pista de atletismorunning track