One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A form of football played by two teams of eleven players with a round ball which may not be handled during play except by the goalkeepers.
association footballView synonyms
- ‘He loved to play soccer when he was young, but his elementary school did not have a team.’
- ‘If soccer is not your cup of tea, you can switch to the more genteel game of tennis.’
- ‘Youngsters learned new experiences such as blind soccer using audible footballs.’
- ‘With its big wall at one end, it was ideally laid out for a game of soccer, and games went on all day during the summer.’
- ‘Dimitri wanted nothing to do with hockey or basketball, so he decided on soccer.’
- ‘Away from his day job Frank is involved in youth soccer and is known as a very dedicated fan.’
- ‘He is a strong advocate of street soccer, the form of football which is played in the HWC.’
- ‘The team will be playing indoor soccer and the medal presentation will be held afterwards.’
- ‘He slowed down to a walk and saw children playing soccer with a battered ball.’
- ‘One area that has seen an explosion of interest is women's soccer.’
- ‘In high school, he played both varsity soccer and tennis and did some running.’
- ‘Major team sports include rugby, soccer and cricket for boys and hockey and netball for girls.’
- ‘They both played soccer and softball, and, as a result, got to spend a lot of time together.’
- ‘Now beach soccer, and other sandy versions of team sports are on the rise.’
- ‘I had gotten into varsity soccer a few weeks ago, and I was excited to continue practice.’
- ‘There is rough play, even dirty play, in football, basketball and soccer, but it is rare.’
- ‘In other words it is more a middle class sport in Argentina with soccer the working class sport.’
- ‘Outside of his cricket Oscar also did a bit of boxing and played soccer as a left winger in Barbados.’
- ‘In fact, I was pretty much terrible at every sport ever invented, except for soccer.’
- ‘There is simply no argument that at this level of play, soccer is truly the sport of the planet.’
The object of the game is to score goals, by kicking or heading the ball into the opponents' goal. The game originated in England, and is played according to rules established by the Football Association, which has organized the major English knockout competition, the FA Cup, since 1872. The international game is administered by the International Football Federation (FIFA), which is responsible for the World Cup
Late 19th century: shortening of Assoc + -er.
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