British and American English Sporting Terms
Locker Rooms / Dressing Rooms
Americans get dressed for sports in a "locker room."
Brits use a "dressing room."
Fields / Pitches
Americans play sports like football and baseball on a "field."
Brits play on a "pitch."
Hockey / Ice Hockey / Field Hockey
When Americans and Canadians say "hockey," they mean the kind of hockey which is played on ice.
When Brits say "hockey," they mean the kind played on grass.
So, to Brits there are two types of hockey: "ice hockey" and "hockey."
To Americans, there are two types: "hockey" and "field hockey." How confusing!
Track and Field / Athletics
American English prefers "track and field" to "athletics."
In British English, "track and field" is rarely used.
An Athlete / A Sportsperson
In American English, any kind of sportsperson can be called an "athlete."
In British English, only "track and field" athletes are usually called "athletes."
We hope you found it interesting!
Keep working hard on your English!
Clare and Ross