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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After weeks of twists, turns and upsets, the two soccer teams will face off in Russia on Sunday. Trevor Fraser,, "Where to catch the World Cup Finals," 13 July 2018 The young boys of the Wild Boars soccer team, all between the ages of 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach Ekkapol Chantawong became trapped inside the Tham Luang cave on June 23, when sudden rains flooded their exit. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "After a Successful Cave Rescue, Thailand's Navy SEALs Will Add Cave-Diving to Their Training," 13 July 2018 The miraculous rescue of the Thai soccer team this past week left many of us wondering: How did those 12 boys manage to stay so calm while trapped in a cave for over two weeks? Jennifer Breheny Wallace, WSJ, "Thai Cave Rescue Highlights the Value of Teaching Children to Meditate," 13 July 2018 On Wednesday night, the English soccer team was beaten by Croatia in the semi-finals of the World Cup. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "A Very British Protest," 13 July 2018 Manchester United, a professional soccer team in Britain with fans around the globe, has invited them to a game. John Bacon, ajc, "WATCH: Video shows rescued Thai soccer players flashing victory sign from hospital beds," 12 July 2018 The soccer team's ordeal began June 23 when rising water trapped them inside a cave, and the last of the dozen boys and one coach were rescued on Tuesday after a harrowing 18-days that sparked global media interest. Abid Rahman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Crazy Rich Asians' Director Eyes Thai Cave Rescue Movie," 12 July 2018 The harrowing story began on June 23, when 12 members of the Wild Boar soccer team — between the ages of 11 and 16 — got trapped in a cave, along with their 27-year-old coach, due to a flash flood. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Soccer Team's Rescue From Thailand Cave Might Become a Movie," 11 July 2018 Per The Hollywood Reporter, Pure Flix Entertainment has already optioned the story of the Thai soccer team being rescued from a cave. Rebecca Farley,, "The Harrowing Tale Of The Boys In The Cave Is Already Going To Be A Movie," 11 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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23 Sep 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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