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.
Recent Examples of soccer from the Web
While economists say the dollar peg isn’t under threat, Qatari banks have significant funding demands ahead of the 2022 soccer World Cup and rely on non-residents for almost a quarter of their deposits.
The turf was installed before the 2014 football and boys soccer season, and the school got a new track as well.
GOLF SOCCERTIME TV Copa Libertadores: The Strongest-Lanus 6 p.m.
Pictured from left are John Maravecek, past grand knight; Tom West, state soccer challenge chairman; Israel Cortez Jr., International Soccer Challenge champion; Israel’s father, Israel Cortez Sr.
A key strategic lever of FCC was to develop a Youth Soccer Giveback program where a significant percentage of ticket proceeds went back to help nonprofit youth soccer organizations continue to grow their mission, De Jesus said.
Marshawn Lynch is relentlessly entertaining, and his appearance at a charity soccer match this weekend was no exception.
Many outside analysts viewed it not only as North Korean revenge over an earlier sea battle, but also as an effort to distract attention from the South’s soccer success.
Lee Toplanding — a British man who’s a Miami Dolphins football (as in, not soccer) fan — tweeted out a photo of himself getting married, saying that his wife bought him a Dolphins helmet for the occasion.
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Origin and Etymology of soccer
by shortening & alteration from association football
First Known Use: 1885See Words from the same year
SOCCER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of soccer for English Language Learners
: a game played between two teams of 11 players in which a round ball is moved toward a goal usually by kicking
SOCCER Defined for Kids
Definition of soccer for Students
: a game played between two teams of eleven players in which a round inflated ball is moved toward a goal usually by kicking
History for 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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