Definition of soccer. : a game played on a field between two teams of 11 players each with the object to propel a round ball into the opponent's goal by kicking or by hitting it with any part of the body except the hands and arms. — called also association football.
So ‘association football’ is the original name-the word soccer was created afterwards by oxford uni a merge of both words for quick and easy short reference. The word soccer was likely used in oxford area public schools in the 1800s as a result and spread due to its addition to the oxford dictionary, but we now know it eventually faded out when the word ‘football’ was more obvious and to-the-point!
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.
1. Soccer is a sport played by teams of eleven people trying to get a ball into the other team's net by using any part of their body except arms or hands. An example of soccer is a World Cup game. noun. 5. 1. 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.
soccer (n.) 1889, socca, later socker (1891), soccer (1895), originally university slang (with jocular formation -er (3)), from a shortened form of Assoc., abbreviation of association in Football Association (as opposed to Rugby football); compare rugger.
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a player who defends a goal. The goalie jumped to deflect the oncoming ball. header | see definition ». a shot or pass made by hitting the ball with your head. David made a header to score the game-winning goal. kickoff | see definition ». a kick that puts the ball into play (as in football or soccer)
The word ‘soccer’ is taken from ‘Association.’ Backs: Refers to defenders. In a four-back set, two center-backs play between the left back and right back.