Definition of soccer in US English:

soccer

noun

  • A game played by two teams of eleven players with a round ball that may not be touched with the hands or arms during play except by the goalkeepers. The object of the game is to score goals by kicking or heading the ball into the opponents' goal.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is simply no argument that at this level of play, soccer is truly the sport of the planet.’
    • ‘Outside of his cricket Oscar also did a bit of boxing and played soccer as a left winger in Barbados.’
    • ‘Dimitri wanted nothing to do with hockey or basketball, so he decided on soccer.’
    • ‘In fact, I was pretty much terrible at every sport ever invented, except for soccer.’
    • ‘In high school, he played both varsity soccer and tennis and did some running.’
    • ‘In other words it is more a middle class sport in Argentina with soccer the working class sport.’
    • ‘He loved to play soccer when he was young, but his elementary school did not have a team.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I had gotten into varsity soccer a few weeks ago, and I was excited to continue practice.’
    • ‘The team will be playing indoor soccer and the medal presentation will be held afterwards.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If soccer is not your cup of tea, you can switch to the more genteel game of tennis.’
    • ‘He slowed down to a walk and saw children playing soccer with a battered ball.’
    • ‘Major team sports include rugby, soccer and cricket for boys and hockey and netball for girls.’
    • ‘There is rough play, even dirty play, in football, basketball and soccer, but it is rare.’
    • ‘One area that has seen an explosion of interest is women's soccer.’
    • ‘Away from his day job Frank is involved in youth soccer and is known as a very dedicated fan.’
    association football
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Origin

Late 19th century: shortening of Assoc + -er.

Pronunciation

soccer

/ˈsäkər//ˈsɑkər/