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.

1890–95; (As)soc(iation football) + -er7 Unabridged
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soccer (ˈsɒkə)
Also called: Association Football
 a.  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
 b.  (as modifier): a soccer player
[C19: from (as)soc. + -er]

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Word Origin & History

1889, socca, later socker (1891), soccer (1895), originally university slang (with jocular formation -er; see -er (3)), from a shortened form of Assoc., abbreviation of association in Football Association (as opposed to Rugby football); cf. rugger, but they hardly could have
taken the first three letters of Assoc.
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Example sentences
The bananas would come flying out of the stands and land on the soccer field.
He couldn't go to school or play soccer on the team he had captained.
The coach's of pee-wee soccer around here certainly should be hanged.
He enjoys programming computers and playing chess and soccer.
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