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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Since rising to superstardom after winning American Idol in 2005, the singer has been shamed for wearing makeup to a soccer game, criticized for her singing, and even accused of getting plastic surgery on her face. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Carrie Underwood Just Shut Down an Internet Troll Who Criticized Her Son Isaiah," 27 Mar. 2019 Swift's Instagram story with soccer star Alex Morgan also debuted a new 4.26 filter that is designed to match her whole new, sparky vibe. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Taylor Swift Took Her Heels Off During Her Time 100 Performance, and Honestly, Same," 24 Apr. 2019 At Colette, a typical lunch hour might see 200 people cycle through (despite a no reservations policy—even stars like Jared Leto and soccer stars would wait in line). Vogue, "Still Craving a Hit of the Old Colette Cantina? Mar’co Has You Covered," 8 Apr. 2019 News and Politics Hamza enjoyed horseback riding, fishing, and soccer. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "16-Year-Old Syrian Refugee Hamza Mustafa Was One of the First Christchurch Victims Laid to Rest," 20 Mar. 2019 There were amaryllis growing out of the ground, their bulbs the size of soccer balls. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "How One Celebrity Florist Brings Flowers into the Home for Spring," 19 Mar. 2019 Plyometrics are especially great for athletes because many sports require some form of jumping, says Jenkins (think: basketball, soccer, track events, and gymnastics). Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "A Total-Body HIIT Workout You Can Do in Under 15 Minutes From Celebrity Trainer Jeanette Jenkins," 14 Mar. 2019 Instead, the world was wowed by the efficiency of the organization, friendliness of the people, and of course, the excellent soccer. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018 The colonies, often the size of a soccer ball, can easily be transported from house to house. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 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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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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