With American football already popular in North America and being popularly known as football, Association football needed a new name to distinguish it in the United States, so it was called soccer.
Soccer or Association football, more commonly known as football across the globe apart from US and Canada, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of 11 players. It is played by approximately 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world’s most popular sport.
Soccer is played with a round ball that can be kicked and headed. American football, however, is more of a rugby type game in which the oblong shaped ball is thrown and passed as well as kicked. In the rest of the world, however, the word ‘football’ does not mean ‘American football’. It means Association Football, also known as soccer.
Football is the term used for many common games under the umbrella, while soccer is just one among them. 2. In different football games, the players can use the hands, feet, or whole body to move the ball, while in soccer only the feet can be used.
Although the name soccer came out of the UK, there it is predominantly called football, while elsewhere in a few English speaking countries colonized by the British it is called soccer. You will find that soccer is still the main term for the game in countries in which there is another major sport called football (e.g. USA, Canada, Australia).
By John M. Cunningham. © Mikael Damkier/Dreamstime.com. One of the best-known differences between British and American English is the fact that the sport known as football in Great Britain is usually called soccer in the United States. Because the sport originated in England, it is often assumed that soccer is an Americanism.
Definition of soccer. : a game played on a field between two teams of 11 players each with the object to propel a round ball into the opponent's goal by kicking or by hitting it with any part of the body except the hands and arms. — called also association football.
W – Won (i.e., number of matches won). D – Draw (i.e., number of times a team has finished a match with an even score or tie). L – Loss (i.e., number of matches lost). GS – Goals Scored. F, GF – Goals For (sometimes used in place of GS). A, GA – Goals Against (i.e., number of goals conceded by a team).