Definition of Association football in English:

Association football


mass nounBritish
  • more formal term for soccer
    • ‘There should be no need to remind everyone that the basic aim of the FAI is ‘to promote, foster, and develop the game of Association Football in all its branches.’’
    • ‘The club was champion of the Third Division York and District Association Football League.’
    • ‘And finally in other news, England is playing Brazil in a game of Association Football in Japan.’
    • ‘There has been much debate about the rules of Association Football on these and other pages in the media over the last few weeks.’
    • ‘In the year 1823, during a school game of Association Football, the young William Webb Ellis picked up the ball and ran with it in his hands.’
    • ‘The first Association Football Club was the Alpha, formed in 1887.’
    • ‘It's obvious from the course of last year's debate that the intention is to allow Association Football and Rugby Union to be played in Croke Park and eventually in all our grounds.’
    • ‘It held drama on and off the field, enough to satisfy the thirst of any fan, and nothing quite like it has been known in the long history of Association Football in Waterford.’
    • ‘Now how did soccer, Association Football, come to spread so successfully around the globe?’
    • ‘There was a bit of an altercation at the weekend's Association Football match between Manchester United and Arsenal.’
    • ‘In the first of a new series we're looking at some of the existing Laws Of Association Football and putting across an argument as to how these could be tidied up.’
    • ‘The stadium's primary purpose shall be for the playing and watching of Association Football.’
    • ‘After all the pop duo are not known for their deep love of Association Football.’
    • ‘Under the Laws of Association Football no dissent of any kind is permissible and constitutionally, clubs are held responsible for the behaviour of their players and spectators.’


Late 19th century: so called because it is played according the rules of the Football Association.


Association football

/əˌsəʊʃɪeɪʃ(ə)n ˈfʊtbɔːl/