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A game of soccer.
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British English; Colloquial abbreviation for Association football, via abbreviation assoc. +‎ -er ‎(slang suffix); earlier socca (1889), then socker (1891), with soccer attested 1895.

Compare contemporary rugger, from Rugby, and note vulgar connotations of analogous *asser if abbreviating on first syllable.[1]



soccer ‎(uncountable)

  1. Association football, a game in which two teams of eleven players contend to get a round ball into their opponent's goal primarily by kicking the ball with their feet.

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  • football (meaning "soccer") is more commonly used in the UK.


  • association football (UK, formal, rarely used)
  • football (ambiguous; this term may also refer to: American football, Australian Rules football, Canadian football, Gaelic football, Rugby League, Rugby Union)

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soccer ‎(third-person singular simple present soccers, present participle soccering, simple past and past participle soccered)

  1. (Australian rules football) To kick the football directly off the ground, without using one's hands.
    • 1990 Geoffrey Blainey, A Game of Our Own: The Origins of Australian Football, 2003, Black Inc. Publishing, p73.
      The rule seems to have encouraged players to soccer the ball along the ground.
    • 2008, John Devaney, Full Points Footy′s WA Football Companion, page 334,
      [] West Perth seemed on the verge of victory, only to succumb by 4 points after a soccered goal from Old Easts with less than half a minute remaining.
    • 2010 March 27, Michael Whiting, “Lions give Fev debut to remember”, AFL - The official site of the Australian Football League.
      Fevola showed the best and worst of his play after dropping a simple chest mark, only to regather seconds later and soccer the ball through from the most acute of angles.


  1. ^ soccer” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).



  • (Quebec) IPA(key): [sɔ.kɚ], [sɔ.kaœ̯ʁ]


soccer m ‎(uncountable)

  1. (Canada, Quebec) soccer (association football)


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