Definition of soccer in English:



  • [mass noun] 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.

    • ‘He slowed down to a walk and saw children playing soccer with a battered ball.’
    • ‘I had gotten into varsity soccer a few weeks ago, and I was excited to continue practice.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Outside of his cricket Oscar also did a bit of boxing and played soccer as a left winger in Barbados.’
    • ‘They both played soccer and softball, and, as a result, got to spend a lot of time together.’
    • ‘Dimitri wanted nothing to do with hockey or basketball, so he decided on soccer.’
    • ‘He loved to play soccer when he was young, but his elementary school did not have a team.’
    • ‘Now beach soccer, and other sandy versions of team sports are on the rise.’
    • ‘Major team sports include rugby, soccer and cricket for boys and hockey and netball for girls.’
    • ‘If soccer is not your cup of tea, you can switch to the more genteel game of tennis.’
    • ‘Away from his day job Frank is involved in youth soccer and is known as a very dedicated fan.’
    • ‘The team will be playing indoor soccer and the medal presentation will be held afterwards.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In fact, I was pretty much terrible at every sport ever invented, except for soccer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is a strong advocate of street soccer, the form of football which is played in the HWC.’
    • ‘Youngsters learned new experiences such as blind soccer using audible footballs.’
    • ‘There is simply no argument that at this level of play, soccer is truly the sport of the planet.’
    association football
    football, the beautiful game
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Late 19th century: shortening of Assoc. + -er.