Is it football or soccer? Game name explained

At the 2022 World Cup, American fans mocked their English counterparts for the sport’s name, but which is correct?

Is it “soccer” or “soccer”?

For many years there has been a geographical divide as to which name is the correct one. Almost universally, British fans agree that the correct term is ‘football’. While the majority of US fans would argue that “soccer” is his real name.

So what is it? GATE takes a look at the origins of the language divide and more.

Football or soccer – which is correct?

Technically, the words football and soccer are both correct. They describe the same sport, codified by the Football Association in 1863, and the words can be considered synonyms.

The word “football” is actually a British export used for many years before football became global.

Despite this, many English fans reject the term ‘soccer’ outright, insisting that the game should simply be called ‘football’, while for many American fans the opposite is true.

In fact, the linguistic divergence was the subject of an upbeat World Cup 2022 commercial starring David Beckham and Peyton Maning, which also featured USMNT fans chanting “It’s Called Soccer” at the tournament.

What does the word soccer mean?

During the 1800the game that would eventually evolve into modern “soccer” had many different variations.

  • Around 1863if the football association was founded, its official variant became “association football”.
  • A similar version of the same sport, “Rugby Football” was shortened to “Rugby” around this time.
  • In the meantime, ‘football association’ was shortened to “soccer” to further distinguish itself as an independent sport.
  • The term too comes from a colloquial abbreviation of the word “club” which has been adapted to: “assoc”, “assoccer” and then “soccer”

When did the word ‘football’ die out in Britain?

‘Soccer’ was used regularly by UK fans for much of the 20th century. It was a term used interchangeably with ‘football’ and there wasn’t much debate as to which term was ‘correct’.

until 1980sthe use of the word “soccer” in publications and the wider culture had declined massively.

What other nations say “soccer”?

The word “soccer” is used in the United States and in the following countries:

  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Ireland
  • South Africa

Generally, the term is used when there is another more popular national sport that shares the name “soccer”.

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