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soccer

[sok-er] /ˈsɒk ər/
noun
1.
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
1890-1895
1890-95; (As)soc(iation football) + -er7
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soccer

/ˈsɒkə/
noun
1.
  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
Word Origin
C19: from (as)soc. + -er
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Word Origin and History for soccer
n.

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.

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