association football


: soccer

Examples of association football in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Who Are Ya?, which started off as a Wordle alternative firmly focused on association football before delving into all sorts of popular competitive pastimes around the world, is finally offering an alternative for those who aren’t so hot on sport: a celebrity version. Matt Gardner, Forbes, 14 May 2022 William presides as head of The Football Association, which serves as the governing body of association football in England and manages the Lionesses. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 31 July 2022 The international competition hosted by FIFA, the governing body of association football worldwide, happens every four years and attracts millions of fans around the world. Evan Nicole Brown, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 June 2022 The 12 founding clubs are among the 16 wealthiest in association football, according to Forbes’s 2021 list. Michael Taube, WSJ, 27 Apr. 2021 In 1950, association football was lost in the American sporting wilderness. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, 6 June 2018 Savage: Total Football is a Dutch theory for association football. Eli Enis, Billboard, 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, 20 Oct. 2015 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of association football was in 1873

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“Association football.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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