noun soc·cer \ˈsä-kər\

: a game played between two teams of 11 players in which a round ball is moved toward a goal usually by kicking

Full 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

Examples of SOCCER

  1. Both of their children play soccer.

Origin of SOCCER

by shortening & alteration from association football
First Known Use: 1885

Other Field and Goal Sports Terms

crease, lateral, lax, overthrow, playbook, post, screen, scrum, secondary, ultimate
SOCCER Defined for Kids


noun soc·cer \ˈsä-kər\

Definition of SOCCER for Kids

:  a game played between two teams of eleven players in which a round inflated ball is moved toward a goal usually by kicking

Word History of SOCCER

At Oxford University in England, in the 1870s, it became a fad among students to make up slang forms of everyday words by clipping them to a single syllable and then adding the meaningless suffix -er. Most of these coinages, such as footer for football, fresher for freshman, and brekker for breakfast, are unfamiliar in North American English, if they have survived at all. However, one -er coinage has become very successful in the United States: the word soccer. Soccer was shortened from association (or assoc.) football, which was the name for a game played according to the rules of the Football Association, founded in England in 1863.


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