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  • A Yahoo! User Jun 16, 2013 12:24 Flag

    The Origin of the Word “Soccer”

    The Origin of the Word “Soccer”

    Today I found out the origin of the word “soccer”. For all you out there who love to complain when Americans, and certain others, call “Football”, “Soccer”, you should know that it was the British that invented the word and it was also one of the first names of what we now primarily know of as “Football”.

    In fact, in the early days of the sport among the upper echelons of British society, the proper term for the sport was “Soccer”. Not only that, but the sport being referred to as “Soccer” preceded the first recorded instance of it being called by the singular word “Football” by about 18 years. This happening when it became more popular with the middle and lower class. When that happened, the term “Football” gradually began dominating over “Soccer” and the then official name “Association Football”.

    Article by Daven Hiskey June 23, 2010

    For more information, go to the *Today I found out* website.

    Once again, spot-on Jul, very well said.

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