An age-old argument exists between whether the sport involving kicking a ball into a net to score points is called soccer or football. Essentially, every country aside from the United States, Ireland, Canada, and Australia calls the game football. However, its the British who are at fault for this difference.
What is called football by most of the rest of the world, including UK English speakers, is known as soccer or European football in the USA and Canada.
The word ‘soccer’ actually derives from the term ‘Association Football’ which was used in Britain over 200 years ago to distinguish it from another type of football, ‘Rugby Football’. Over time, ‘Rugby Football’ was shortened to ‘Rugger’, and ‘Association Football’ was shortened to ‘soccer’.
American football (a term recorded in the 1870s) is based on rugby and had already taken off by the time association football became popular in the US. For whatever reason, the name soccer stuck for association football and football for the gridiron sport.
Football became a term that’s more within the realms of simplicity in comparison with association football and is the most commonly used one today. To conclude, neither the term football or soccer was the original name for the sport.
Although the name soccer came out of the UK, there it is predominantly called football, while elsewhere in a few English speaking countries colonized by the British it is called soccer. You will find that soccer is still the main term for the game in countries in which there is another major sport called football (e.g. USA, Canada, Australia).
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