soccer

noun
soc·​cer | \ ˈsä-kər How to pronounce soccer (audio) \

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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Officials acted after fans at soccer games involving Hong Kong’s international representative team repeatedly booed the Chinese national anthem in the years after authorities quashed mass pro-democracy protests in 2014. Natasha Khan, WSJ, "Hong Kong Moves to Criminalize Disrespect of China’s National Anthem," 9 Jan. 2019 Most of our shifts were five or six hours long, but moved along at the clip of a soccer game. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "5 Black Fridays at the mall food court," 21 Nov. 2018 Amazon struck a deal in Europe to carry 20 Premier League soccer games beginning in 2019 for three seasons. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Amazon reportedly bidding on multiple Fox sports channels," 20 Nov. 2018 In a regional park on the edge of the small central Mississippi town of Clinton, across from a field full of Saturday morning kids’ soccer games and through a hole in a fence, lies one of the most consequential scale models ever built. Nate Berg, Curbed, "Can engineering save Louisiana’s coastline?," 7 Nov. 2018 Bizarrely, the Konami soccer game PES 2019, which launched at a standard $60 retail price point in August, is also free to claim as of today. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "As PUBG for PS4 looms, Xbox unofficially responds: have the game for free," 7 Nov. 2018 January 2015 Before dating Cooper, Shayk was with soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo for five years. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk's Super-Private Relationship Through the Years," 9 Jan. 2019 The kids have moved all the desks from the classrooms into the yard, opposite the soccer field. Caterina Clerici & Eléonore Hamelin, Marie Claire, "Rwanda's Future Is Female," 1 Feb. 2019 Not more than 200 yards from the soccer fields, the short forest opens up, and the scrubby ground is replaced by massive slabs of concrete. Nate Berg, Curbed, "Can engineering save Louisiana’s coastline?," 7 Nov. 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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11 Mar 2019

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The first known use of soccer was in 1885

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soccer

noun

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

soccer

noun
soc·​cer | \ ˈsä-kər How to pronounce soccer (audio) \

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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Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about soccer

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