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soccer

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
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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

soccer

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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