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    The Origin of the Word “Soccer”

    The Origin of the Word “Soccer”

    Today I found out the origin of the word “soccer”. For all you out there who love to complain when Americans, and certain others, call “Football”, “Soccer”, you should know that it was the British that invented the word and it was also one of the first names of what we now primarily know of as “Football”.

    In fact, in the early days of the sport among the upper echelons of British society, the proper term for the sport was “Soccer”. Not only that, but the sport being referred to as “Soccer” preceded the first recorded instance of it being called by the singular word “Football” by about 18 years. This happening when it became more popular with the middle and lower class. When that happened, the term “Football” gradually began dominating over “Soccer” and the then official name “Association Football”.

    Article by Daven Hiskey June 23, 2010

    For more information, go to the *Today I found out* website.

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    Once again, spot-on Jul, very well said.

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    • The article you have selected actually shoots you down in flames.

      "on October 26th, 1863, a group of teams in England ... formed the rules for “Association Football” ...
      Now British school boys of the day liked to nickname everything ... They also liked to add the ending “er” to these nicknames. Thus Rugby was, at that time, popularly called “Rugger”. Association Football was then much better known as “Assoccer”, which quickly just became “Soccer”.

      So out of 'Association Football' came the word soccer. How can you argue differently?

    • "Football was played in Ireland in 1308, with a documented reference to John McCrocan, a spectator at a "football game" at Newcastle, County Down"

      Another one bites the dust!!