Meaning of route one in English:

route one



mass noun informal Soccer
  • The use of long kicks upfield as an attacking tactic.

    • ‘they would be favouring route one as opposed to the fancy stuff’
    • ‘City are not a Route One team’
    • ‘The difference is that a number of teams adopted Hughes’ ‘Route One’ tactics, but it appears from Runciman's account that nobody wants to copy the Oakland Athletics.’
    • ‘The two sides played differing games, Leodiensians getting the ball wide at every opportunity and Ribblesdale favouring a more ‘Route One’ style in which the pack had an important part to play.’


1970s from a phrase used in the 1960s television quiz show Quizball, in which questions (graded in difficulty) led to scoring a goal, Route One being the direct path.