The Club Guide to Emoji Meanings

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The Club Guide to Emoji Meanings

Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of emoji meanings. How sports clubs communicate on social media creates impact  and has become shorter than ever before.

The magic of using emojis is it can help get your message across in a brief, direct way that catches the eye.

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Whether it’s scrolling down a Twitter timeline or catching up on our Facebook feed, social media icons tell us what we need to know - without having to read blocks of text. It suits our scanning, scrolling habits online.


What do emojis mean?

For sports clubs looking to use emojis in their social media channels, there’s what the symbol actually is and separately, typical emoji meanings.

The most common include laughing emoji and heart emoji but in reality, we use very few of the 2,666 that make up the full emoji list on the official Unicode Standard List.

It’s worth noting that emoji meanings can vary in different countries although if you stick to something like a football emoji then you’re on safe ground that it can’t be misinterpreted.

The face with tears of joy πŸ˜‚ is used all the time and it can be used to convey laughter, comedy or sarcastically. Another point is that emojis display differently across platforms like Apple, Google, Facebook or Gmail.

In cricket, you might describe a sensational, wicket-taking delivery as a β€˜peach’. Use the peach emoji on Twitter πŸ‘ and it could well be confused with a round pair of buttocks! Partly because of its look and partly because that emoji meaning has evolved. If in doubt, don't be too clever!

With common sense, the potential for controversy is pretty small for a sports club. For emojis where you can change skin tones, it might be advisable to use the neutral yellow colour to avoid discrimination.

austin-distel-tLZhFRLj6nY-unsplashEmojipedia is an excellent resource - it’s an emoji search engine with categories such as smileys & people, activity, objects and symbols. It allows you to copy and paste the emoji (if you don’t have the one you want available on your device).

Below is our guide to a range of emojis that you might want to use in your club's social media posts. It could be to signify an event time or place, a live weather update from a ground or a call-to-action like pay your membership!

Emojis - Wimborne TownFCEmojis are a fun way to express yourself instead of or as well as conventional written language. They are the odd glaring omission though. Yorkshire Tea recently celebrated that their campaign to get a teapot emoji added has been successful and is happening sometime this year.

Here’s some ideas to use emojis in a creative way in future - enjoy!

πŸ†= Cup/Trophy

πŸ₯‡= 1st position

πŸ₯ˆ= 2nd position

πŸ₯‰ = 3rd position

πŸ…= Generic medal

πŸ™Œ= Celebratory hands

🀝 = Draw/good game

✍️= New signing/player signed contract

🀞= Fingers crossed

πŸ™= Praying for a good result

πŸ—£οΈ= Interview or quote from a player/manager

πŸ‘‘= Man of the match/player of the match

πŸ”₯= Good skill or a good goal/try 

πŸ₯= Drumroll for announcing news or a prize winner

πŸš‘= Injured player

🚐= Team coach

πŸŽ₯= Video highlights/watch video

πŸ“ž= Call this number (e.g for tickets)

πŸ“Ί= Game live on television

πŸ–₯️= Visit our website

πŸ“±= Download app to your phone 

βŒ›= Eggtimer: time is running out to get your tickets… 

⏰= Alarm clock used to symbolise kick off time

πŸ€‘πŸ’°πŸ’Έ= Cash prize or money giveaway

πŸŽ‰= Celebration of a positive result/good news

πŸ›’= Add a product to your cart 

πŸ“/βœ‰οΈ= Contract signed/club statement

πŸ“ˆ= Team in good form

πŸ“…= Save the date

πŸ“= Location of match/club

πŸ’―= 100% win record/good performance

️⛔= No entry/clean sheet

1️⃣ (any number) - used for scoreline, date of match, position in table 

⬆️= Moved up a position in league

⬇️= Moved down a position in league

❓= Question mark

❗️= Exclamation mark

πŸ’ͺ= Strength

🐐= Goat. Used to signify β€˜greatest of all time’

⭐️= Star player

β˜‚οΈβ˜€οΈβ›…= Weather forecast

πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ/️‍ = LGBTQ

🍻= Cheers

🍾= Celebratory 

🏑= Playing at home

πŸ›£οΈ= On the road/away game

πŸ’³= Pay by card

πŸ“£= Announcement

🏟= Stadium

🎟= Ticket

πŸ—Ί= Map

⚽️= Football

πŸ‰= Rugby

🏏= Cricket

πŸ‘= Hockey

πŸ€= Netball/basketball

🏈= AFL

πŸ₯=  Lacrosse

⛹️‍♀️ = Female basketballer/netballer

⛹️‍♂️ = Male basketballer/netballer

Image credits: emojis grid by Pixaline and phone/computer by Austin Distel 

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