- 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.
Origin of soccer
Examples from the Web for soccer
Soccer in the rest of the world is what we know as basketball.
United States goalkeeper Tim Howard on why soccer struggles in America and how he essentially chose his career over his wife.
Messi is a phenomenon of world sport, a 5-foot-7 soccer giant.Is Soccer Great Lionel Messi Corrupt?
December 8, 2014
There were also “NASCAR moms” and “soccer moms,” other designations that tended to favor Republicans, as do married women today.Dems Desperately Seeking the Gender Gap
October 28, 2014
Ghanaian soccer player Michael Essien, who plays for AC Milan, has been the subject of what borders on fear mongering.Europe’s Hidden Ebola Cases
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 15, 2014
He also loathed the betting element that defiled the Soccer game.War Letters of a Public-School Boy
We had a "soccer" team, a "rugger" team, and a cricket eleven.
And, indeed, soccer was not at all popular for some time afterward.The Book of Dragons
Soccer is one of the relatively few English experiments in ellipsis.The American Language
Henry L. Mencken
Being able to run so fast, I might have been very good on the track team or at soccer.The Biography of a Rabbit
- 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
- (as modifier)a soccer player
Word Origin and History for soccer
1889, socca, later socker (1891), soccer (1895), originally university slang (with jocular formation -er (3)), from a shortened form of Assoc., abbreviation of association in Football Association (as opposed to Rugby football); cf. rugger. An unusual method of formation, but those who did it perhaps shied away from making a name out of the first three letters of Assoc.