England and Soccer. Former English colonies like Ireland, Australia, South Africa, and others call the UK’s football soccer instead. The reason is that the term soccer was actually more popular than football before the 70s in England. The switch to football became acceptable as football was viewed as an American term that was frowned upon. Former English colonies also happen to have their own version of football, which differs from the US and UK’s version.
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What is called football by most of the rest of the world, including UK English speakers, is known as soccer or European football in the USA and Canada.
One of the best-known differences between British and American English is the fact that the sport known as football in Great Britain is usually called soccer in the United States. Because the sport originated in England, it is often assumed that soccer is an Americanism. In fact, the word is thoroughly British in origin.
The first Association Football/Soccer International match, recognised by FIFA was held between Scotland and England. It was held on 30 November, 1872. American Football is played predominantly in America, Canada. Soccer or Association Football is the most popular sport played in most of the Countries.
They're both correct, depending on where you're using the term. The name "soccer" is actually the older name for the sport, even in Britain. Some time in the 19th C., however, the name changed to "football" in the UK, probably due to the rise of Association matches.
The word "soccer," which is believed to have originated in Britain some 200 years ago, comes from the official name of the sport, "association football." As other versions of the game evolved to include Rugby Football, it is believed the Brits adopted colloquialisms to distinguish each game.
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