touch·​line | \ ˈtəch-ˌlīn How to pronounce touchline (audio) \

Definition of touchline

: either of the lines that bound the long sides of the field of play in rugby and soccer

Examples of touchline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Salzburg’s American coach, Jesse Marsch, sprinted down the touchline to join in the celebrations with his players in front of the team’s fans. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Liverpool beats Salzburg 4-3 after throwing away 3-goal lead," 2 Oct. 2019 For many, the routine rises to the level of superstition with players putting their uniforms on the same way each day, taking the same route to the field and stepping – or refusing to step – on the touchline. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Soccer newsletter: No resumption in sight for the MLS," 31 Mar. 2020 Anfield was stunned into total silence as coach Jurgen Klopp looked bemused on the touchline, arms held out disbelievingly. Matias Grez, CNN, "Atletico Madrid stuns Liverpool at Anfield to dump holder out of the Champions League," 11 Mar. 2020 Be Like Manchester City In England, it is known, by now, as the Manchester City Goal: working the ball to the touchline and cutting it back, low, to a striker waiting in front of the net for a tap-in. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Be Quick, Press High, Cut Back: How to Score in the Champions League," 10 Mar. 2020 Son’s red card came after he was tackled by Rudiger near the touchline. Washington Post, "Racism protocol implemented for 1st time in Premier League," 22 Dec. 2019 Cincinnati Enquirer After watching a portion of FC Cincinnati's Thursday training session, General Manager Gerard Nijkamp emerged from a chair stationed along the touchline of Field One at the Mercy Health Training Facility. Pat Brennan,, "MLS suspends 2020 season, FC Cincinnati home opener due to novel coronavirus," 12 Mar. 2020 Sarri, who was unable to smoke on the touchline at Chelsea due to regulations, saw his side beaten 3-2 by Tottenham in their first match in China, thanks to a Harry Kane winner from the halfway line., "Maurizio Sarri Claims He Will Quit Smoking to Stop People Asking About it," 24 July 2019 Villa Park had seemed to shake when the goal went in, three minutes into injury time, fans leaping into one another’s arms, Aston Villa’s staff members running, in the daze that comes of delirium, up and down the touchline. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Aston Villa, Cup Competitions and the Relativity of Meaning," 31 Jan. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'touchline.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of touchline

1863, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about touchline

Time Traveler for touchline

Time Traveler

The first known use of touchline was in 1863

See more words from the same year

Statistics for touchline

Cite this Entry

“Touchline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for touchline


How to pronounce touchline (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of touchline

: either one of the lines that mark the long sides of the playing field in rugby or soccer

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on touchline

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with touchline

Spanish Central: Translation of touchline

Britannica English: Translation of touchline for Arabic Speakers

Comments on touchline

What made you want to look up touchline? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

July 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • papercraft sunset
  • Which is a synonym of mien?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!