Pub discussion about football/soccer

Hanging out with Americans means that you have to endure them using the word ‘soccer’ for football.

So when the Barcelona-Man U game came on in the pub last night a long discussion about the origins of the word ‘soccer’ ensued.

An of course, this morning there was an email in my inbox with the heading ‘Soccer is an ENGLISH word for football’.

Turns out that:

“The term /soccer/ originated in England, first appearing in the 1880s as
a slang abbreviation of the word “association”, often credited to former
England captain Charles Wreford-Brown…”


“Soccer – 1889, socca, later socker (1891), soccer (1895), originally
university slang, from a shortened form of assoc., abbreviation of
association in Football Association (as opposed to Rugby football)…”

Sorry guys, it seems that we can no longer complain.


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