Why “Soccer” is a more accurate name for the sport instead of “Football”

Ok, I’m American.   And that game where the players kick the ball around (or bounce it off their heads) in hopes to get it past goalkeepers into the goal….

Yeah we call it “soccer.”  And yes I know that most of the world calls it “football.”  But I finally realized why “soccer” is more accurate.  

What do players kick the ball with?
A foot? INCORRECT.  The ball is kicked with a shoe.

But it’s not called Shoeball.  So what’s the next layer under the shoe? The foot?  INCORRECT.  The next layer under the shoe is the SOCK.

So ok they took liberty with the spelling,  but “soccer” is a more accurate term than “football.”

: )


10 thoughts on “Why “Soccer” is a more accurate name for the sport instead of “Football”

      1. soccer (n.) Look up soccer at
        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); compare 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.

        I like your soccer better 🙂


      1. Not everyone has the money to buy shoes or socks… They even make the ball with paper, fabric and broken balloons. I believe there is a documentary about it 🙂

        I often wonder about the word soccer… I’ll research it and next time I let you know 🙂
        And you’re welcome!


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