"cup football" vs. "football cup"

Muhammad Khatab

Senior Member
Classical Arabic
What is the difference between "cup football" and "football cup"? Here are two sentences:
It was an exciting match in the best traditions of cup football.
It is a good football cup.
Thanks in advance!!:)
 
  • heypresto

    Senior Member
    English - England
    'Cup football' is the football that's played in competitions, like the FA Cup, or the World Cup'. The 'cup' is the prize that the winning team wins.

    I can't imagine a context in which we would say 'football cup'.

    Crossed with Rover. I agree, 'football cup' is the trophy.
     

    Muhammad Khatab

    Senior Member
    Classical Arabic
    'Cup football' is the football that's played in competitions, like the FA Cup, or the World Cup'. The 'cup' is the prize that the winning team wins.

    I can't imagine a context in which we would say 'football cup'.

    Crossed with Rover. I agree, 'football cup' is the trophy.
    In the Longman Dictionary, "Cup" is defined as "a sports competition in which a cup is given as a prize". So I think in the second sentence, "cup" means the competition itself.
     

    sound shift

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I agree with heypresto and Rover. "Cup football" implies "a knock-out competition": if you lose you are eliminated. There is an implied contrast between this and "league football", in which you play for points: if you lose, you are not eliminated; you just don't win any points.
     
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