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soccer

[ sok-er ]
/ ˈsɒk ər /
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noun

a form of football played between two teams of 11 players, in which the ball may be advanced by kicking or by bouncing it off any part of the body but the arms and hands, except in the case of the goalkeepers, who may use their hands to catch, carry, throw, or stop the ball.

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Also British, association football .

Origin of soccer

First recorded in 1890–95; (As)soc(iation football) + -er7
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British Dictionary definitions for soccer

soccer
/ (ˈsɒkə) /

noun

  1. a game in which two teams of eleven players try to kick or head a ball into their opponent's goal, only the goalkeeper on either side being allowed to touch the ball with his hands and arms except in the case of throw-ins
  2. (as modifier)a soccer player
Also called: Association Football
C19: from (as) soc. + -er
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