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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A few weeks earlier, they had been told, Byron had broken his right leg playing soccer. Washington Post, "One boy’s tale of family separation heads to court," 12 July 2019 The two older siblings were also seen playing soccer during the match. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Louis, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte Attend a Polo Match with Family," 10 July 2019 Later, Louis played in the grass with his mom while George, who turns 6 on July 22, and 4-year-old Charlotte played soccer nearby. Erin Hill,, "Prince Louis Just Had a Meme-Worthy Moment in Kate's Sunglasses While Greeting Meghan and Archie," 10 July 2019 In much of Europe, women were banned from playing soccer for much of the 20th century. Kevin Baxter,, "What’s next for the U.S. women’s team after its World Cup win?," 8 July 2019 Until the 1970s women were banned from playing soccer by the Dutch federation (England and Brazil had similar laws in place for years). Maggie Mertens, The Atlantic, "The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Deserves More Than a Trophy," 7 July 2019 Some had been harassed and shouted at in the streets for playing soccer. Meghan Mcdonough, Quartz, "Female soccer players are breaking world records to show they’re just as good as the guys," 7 July 2019 In between, the Brew Hall at the new Allianz Field is open on weekends even if the Loons aren’t there playing soccer. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "It’s not over yet! 19 things to do in summer 2019," 5 July 2019 Rohbock played soccer for BYU and the San Diego Spirit in the now-defunct WUSA. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "Close-knit USWNT ‘has each other’s backs’ on path to World Cup final," 4 July 2019

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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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15 Jul 2019

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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 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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