Is it soccer or football?

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Is it soccer or football?

PostPosted by verdilak » Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:25 pm

Personally, I'm in the camp that calls it soccer due to my upbringing, but yet I understand that what you use is soccer is a ball that you hit with your foot, or "football" and in american football, its a ball you carry around and throw with your hands, while also occasionally using your foot, which to me makes it more of "handball"... so I found this rather enlightening.

yahoo wrote:To trace the origin of “soccer” we must go all the way back to 1863, and a meeting of gentlemen at a London pub, who congregated with the purpose of standardizing the rules of “football,” which was in its infant years as an organized sport but was growing rapidly in popularity.

Those assembled became the founding members of the Football Association (which still oversees the game in England to this day). And they decided to call their code Association Football, to differentiate it from Rugby Football.

A quirk of British culture is the permanent need to familiarize names by shortening them. “My friend Brian Johnston was Johnners,” said Toye. “They took the third, fourth and fifth letters of Association and called it SOCcer. So there you are.”
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