soc·​cer | \ˈsä-kər \

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 in a Sentence

Both of their children play soccer.

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Perhaps the second-biggest theme on Sayoc’s van, besides Donald Trump and Trump’s opponents, is soccer, specifically at the University of North Carolina. Jane Coaston, Vox, "The pipe bomb suspect’s van, explained," 27 Oct. 2018 The soccer club, Benfica, alleged that the American companies were partially responsible for disseminating internal memos, presentations, and emails obtained via a 2017 phishing attack against it. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Why is a Lisbon soccer team trying to unmask Portuguese bloggers in US court?," 12 Oct. 2018 The new German outreach campaign will see more than 1,000 events across the country over the coming year, including debates, musical performances, art exhibitions, soccer competitions and — of course — beer festivals. Fox News, "Germany seeks to woo Americans amid rocky Trump relationship," 3 Oct. 2018 Looking at penalty kicks in Italian and French soccer leagues, the researchers found that aiming down the middle had the highest payoff. Umair Irfan, Vox, "World Cup shootouts: why the team that goes first usually wins," 11 July 2018 Outside experts have said the group identity of the soccer teammates and their youth would aid their ability to recover. Author: Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Anchorage Daily News, "Kids lost weight but ‘took care of themselves’ in Thai cave," 11 July 2018 This year alone, there have been studies of its effects on soccer, swimming, table tennis, and cycling. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "Here’s What We Know About Mental Fatigue," 10 July 2018 The boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach had planned to explore the cavern complex for about an hour after soccer practice on June 23. NBC News, "Boys rescued from Thailand cave to be discharged from hospital on Thursday," 14 July 2018 That knowledge of the limits of what soccer can do will haunt even the most boisterous of celebrations if France wins on Sunday. Laurent Dubois, The Atlantic, "France’s Ghosts Return for the World Cup," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of soccer

1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for soccer

by shortening & alteration from association football

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18 Nov 2018

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The first known use of soccer was in 1885

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English Language Learners Definition of soccer

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


soc·​cer | \ˈsä-kər \

Kids Definition of soccer

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

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