association football

noun

Definition of association football 

: soccer

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In 1950, association football was lost in the American sporting wilderness. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Craziest FIFA World Cup moments: Zinedine Zidane's headbutt, biggest upset, 'Hand of God'," 6 June 2018 Savage: Total Football is a Dutch theory for association football. Eli Enis, Billboard, "Parquet Courts on Resisting Nihilism & Why Working With Kids Was 'Pretty Scary'," 16 May 2018 While promoting his new film Rock the Kasbah, the Chicago Fire actor compared the number of children he and Gaga plan to have to a sports team, perhaps forgetting that in association football, there are 10 field players and one goalkeeper. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "Look Out, World: Taylor Kinney Says He and Lady Gaga Want a "Soccer Team" of Kids," 20 Oct. 2015

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1873, in the meaning defined above

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