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.
Origin and Etymology of soccer
by shortening & alteration from association football
First Known Use: 1885
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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