I see that du is used with sport. However for a specific game, I am confused which is the correct phrase

jouer au football (en jouant au football)


jouer du football (en jouant du football)

I see a related question with regard to piano/music. « Jouer au piano » ou « jouer du piano » ? If someone can explain in simple English it will be of great help.

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    I have a vague memory that it's "jouer au football" (but "faire du football"), but I can't tell you whether (or why) it's correct. Helpful! – hairboat Aug 21 '13 at 19:01

It's the verb that drives the preposition. The verb jouer has many possible meanings; depending on the meaning its complement(s) may start with this or that preposition or none.

For a sport or a game, the preposition is à.

Il joue au football.
Il joue aux échecs.

For a musical instrument, the preposition is de.

Il joue du piano.

The basic idea of the distinction is that jouer à is for participating in an activity, while jouer de is for using a physical implement. For a physical implement that represents a game by metonymy, it's still jouer à: “jouer aux dés”, “jouer aux boules”. Jouer de is not in very common use outside musical instruments.


Pretty certain it's “jouer au football“.


I really have a fun way to remember it.. JSD for sports...that is jouer de and sports u can remember it by the indian baller jaspinder....

If one is jouer de the other one jouer a is obvviously for the musical instrument...hope u got it


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    The question is 3 years old and has an accepted answer. I think he/she got it. Considering you're new, you should visit the tour page and the help center. Also, it's good practice to avoid necroposts on answered questions. – Teleporting Goat Feb 6 '17 at 15:53
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    The lack of formatting makes this very difficult to read. Besides it does add anything to the previous answer. – None Feb 6 '17 at 17:07

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