Soccer Definition

A game played with a round ball by two teams, usually of eleven players, on a field with a goal at either end: the ball is moved chiefly by kicking or by using any part of the body except the hands and arms.
Webster's New World
Indoor soccer.
American Heritage

(Australian rules football) To kick the football directly off the ground, without using one's hands.


Origin of Soccer

  • Colloquial abbreviation for Association football, via abbreviation assoc. +"Ž -er (slang suffix); earlier socca (1889), then socker (1891), with soccer attested 1895.

    From Wiktionary

  • Compare contemporary rugger, from Rugby, and note vulgar connotations of analogous *asser if abbreviating on first syllable.

    From Wiktionary

  • From alteration of assoc. abbreviation of association football

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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