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Why Do We Call It Soccer?

 
Posted June 14th, 2014 @ 1:22pm

Okay, World Cup fans: you recognize this as the official 2014 World Cup ball. But do you know where the word "soccer" comes from?

Can you believe it is a shortened version of the word "Association"?

Apparently, in Britain in the 1870s there were two forms of football. One was closer to rugby. The other was like international football, or what Americans call soccer.

The first was called Rugby Football and the other was called Association Football. The first one was shortened to "rugger" and the other became...wait for it..."soccer"!

While the word soccer lost favor in Britain, it is used mainly in countries that have their own versions of "football" - like the United States and Australia.

Here's the story from The Atlantic.

[Photo 2013/Getty Images]

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