Soccer is the usual word for this sport in North American English; in British English the usual word is football, although soccer is also used. Soccer is short for Association football , a formal term sometimes used in British English .
‘He loved to play soccer when he was young, but his elementary school did not have a team.’ ‘Away from his day job Frank is involved in youth soccer and is known as a very dedicated fan.’ ‘One area that has seen an explosion of interest is women's soccer.’ ‘Now beach soccer, and other sandy versions of team sports are on the rise.’
1 mass noun Any of various forms of team game involving kicking (and in some cases also handling) a ball, in particular (in the UK) soccer or (in the US) American football.
The word soccer comes from an abbreviation for Association (from Association Football, the ‘official’ name for the game) plus the addition of the suffix –er. This suffix (originally Rugby School slang, and then adopted by Oxford University), was appended to ‘shortened’ nouns, in order to form jocular words.
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. ‘Major team sports include rugby, soccer and cricket for boys and hockey and netball for ...
noun. informal US. A suburban mother who spends a lot of time taking her children to play soccer or engage in similar activities. More example sentences. ‘She is that quintessential middle American ideal - a soccer mom.’. ‘She plays a Texas soccer mom who has to raise three kids alone after her husband leaves her for a younger woman ...
LONDON — The Oxford English Dictionary has updated its definition of the word “Yid” to include “a supporter of or player for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club”, publishers announced Wednesday.
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