Why Do We Call It Soccer Not Football?

The world’s most popular game is known by many names; however there is much debate in English speaking countries regarding what it should be called. While most in North America and Australia refer to the sport as soccer, the rest of the world calls it football. What is the reason for this confusing naming convention?

To understand the debate, the history of soccer needs to be examined. The modern game can be traced back to 19th century England where football and rugby had not yet divided into separate sports. Eventually, disagreements on how the game should be played led to a separate set of rules being developed. These rules became known as the Cambridge Rules, and with their establishment the sport of association football was born.

Officially speaking then, the sport is known as association UFABET ผ่านมือถือ football. England exported the modern game to most of the world, and most English speaking countries in turn began calling the sport football. In fact, even when translated into other languages such as Spanish and Portuguese, the game retains the futbol name.

At the same time however, the word “soccer” was created through slang by merging the -soc part of the word “association” to the -er suffix. Language can sometimes develop organically in this way and the creation of this word had huge ramifications for the naming of the sport when the time came for the game to be imported to the North American continent.

At the time when the game was being introduced to North America, American Football was exploding in popularity. To avoid confusion, the term soccer was used to distinguish it from the vastly different game. This is not to say that as soon as the sport was introduced to North America it was named soccer; quite the contrary actually. In truth, the term football was used concurrently to the point where the association overseeing soccer in the United States was known as the United States of America Foot Ball Association, then becoming the United States Soccer Football Association, before finall