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.
Recent Examples on the Web The ceremony will be followed by youth soccer games at 1 p.m. and then an open house for West End residents from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, "MLS commissioner to attend TQL Stadium ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday," 30 Apr. 2021 When not writing about and analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions, the most recent examples being The Walking Dead and Broad City. Yoni Heisler, BGR, "If you use this hand sanitizer, it could blind you or even kill you so throw it out now," 30 Apr. 2021 Loved ones remembered Alvarez as an affectionate father to a 2-year-old daughter who set aside dreams of playing pro soccer to work at a meatpacking plant and support his family. Washington Post, "Video shows Chicago police killing Anthony Alvarez as he runs away: ‘Why are you shooting me?’," 29 Apr. 2021 Benitez, who grew up in Waltham and later attended youth soccer games and library story times with her own kids there, says it’s a strong community — one that supported local businesses like hers through the pandemic., "Top Spots to Live 2021: West of Boston," 21 Apr. 2021 The company floundered last year during the months when soccer games were suspended in Britain, Mr. Coates said. New York Times, "The Gambling Company That Had the Best Pandemic Ever," 26 Mar. 2021 The migrant boys there have access to medical screenings, classroom instructions, recreational activities like soccer games and other services not found in Border Patrol stations. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "U.S. adding 16,000 emergency beds for record-high number of migrant children entering border custody," 25 Mar. 2021 Courtesy | University of Utah Athletics Utah Athletics announced Thursday that some fans will be allowed at Ute outdoor events this spring, including softball, baseball and soccer games. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah athletics to allow limited spectators at outdoor events," 18 Mar. 2021 The Italian government decreed that soccer games and other sporting events will take place without spectators until at least April 3. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: One year ago California declared emergency as Coronavirus spread," 5 Mar. 2021

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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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Last Updated

2 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Soccer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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