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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The adversaries in the shareholder dispute include U.S. venture capitalist Paul Tierney, a former Peace Corps volunteer and former owner of D.C. United soccer team. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Virtual-Cash Treasure in Zimbabwe Sparks Fight Over Billions," 2 Jan. 2019 In April 2018, a professional Portuguese soccer team sued three major American tech companies—Google, Cloudflare, and Automattic—in federal court in Los Angeles. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Why is a Lisbon soccer team trying to unmask Portuguese bloggers in US court?," 12 Oct. 2018 Bought this for my son’s soccer team, but can be used for fishing or other purposes. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "This 9-Person Folding Bench Will Be Every Soccer Family's BFF Come Game Day," 20 Aug. 2018 While the world was focused on the incredible rescue of a soccer team in Thailand, another daring rescue was happening right here in the United States. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Rescuers Airlift Man Off Mt. Hood With Tricky Chinook Helicopter Maneuver," 17 July 2018 On Tuesday, the remaining members of the Thai youth soccer team who had been trapped in a flooded, labyrinthine cave complex for three weeks were finally rescued. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Thai Cave Story May Be Turned Into Museum, Movies," 12 July 2018 Photo: dado ruvic/Reuters Political wagers remain a small part of the £14.4 billion U.K. gambling industry, which is dominated by people having a flutter on sports like soccer and horse-racing. Avantika Chilkoti, WSJ, "What Betting Markets Have to Say About Brexit," 24 Dec. 2018 Two other guests, perhaps more well-known on the other side of the pond, attended as well: soccer manager Gareth Southgate and rapper Tinie Tempah. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Charles, Prince Harry, and Tom Hardy Hear from Victims of Violent Crime," 12 Dec. 2018 Making her way to the Midwest My husband played soccer. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Creative cakes for kids turned into a small business for Wauwatosa woman," 13 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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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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