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Why Is It In America They Call Futbol Soccer And Football Football?

Published on August 28, 2013 by   ·   3 Comments

Considering football in America isn’t played with the feet it always baffles me as to why they call it football, and that they call the true futbol soccer. Does anyone have any insight as to why this might be?

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  1. u2clay says:

    The word “soccer” is a colloquial abbreviation of association (from assoc.) and first appeared in the 1880s. The word is sometimes credited to Charles Wreford Brown, an Oxford University student said to have been fond of shortened forms such as brekkers for breakfast and rugger for rugby football. In the late 19th century the word soccer tended to be used only at public schools; most people knew the game simply as football. Football is more commonly known as soccer in certain English-speaking nations where the word “football” refers to a rival code of football developed within that nation, specifically Australia, Canada, Ireland and the United States, and also in areas where Rugby football is more popular than association football, such as Australia, New Zealand and the white communities of South Africa. In these countries “football” was often included in the names of the earliest leagues and governing bodies of the sport, but as that word became increasingly associated with other domestic forms of the game, soccer became more widely used. Football, in its modern form, was exported by Britons to much of the rest of the world and many of these nations adopted this common English term for the sport into their own language. This was usually done in one of two ways: either by directly importing the word itself, or by translating its constituent parts, foot and ball. Most Romance languages use the word football, albeit with a different pronunciation and occasionally a different spelling: the (Spanish fútbol, Portuguese: futebol, and the French, le football is often shortened to le foot. In Germanic languages (other than English), the term is usually translated (for example, German: Fußball, Norwegian: fotball, Swedish: fotboll, Danish: fodbold and the Dutch: voetbal. In Italy, football is called calcio, from calciare meaning to kick. And Kick-Off, Field Goal and Punt are all terms to describe American Football whereby a player uses his foot to make the ball go in a certain direction. So, American Football is played with the feet but it is played with the feet about as much as world football/futbol is played with the hands via the goal keeper or other players on a throw-in. My question would be why is it termed football (in the rest of the world) when the goalie can use his hands all the time (provided he is in the 18 yard box) and other players use their hands to make a throw in? It is a mixture of both hands and feet as well as your head, chest, thigh etc. In my opinion soccer/football should be called “body ball” taking in the total amount of your body that actually touches the ball, unlike rugby and american football…just a thought.

  2. mrs_drac… says:

    because “soccer” is new to America. The rest of the world has been playing futbol for centuries. We call it soccer because we already had a sport which we call football. In Europe they call football, American Football.

  3. polloloc… says:

    Tough the Football in America (American Football for the Europeans) is mainly played with hands, there are some occasions when feet can be used (e.g. goal kicks, field kicks (the ones the panthers do…) and Quarter back Kicks). That’s why Americans call it football. The Football (soccer…) tough it is widely famous throughout the world for decades, is not something old for the Americans as the Football (American Football). Therefore, I believe they adopted an alternative name for the “European Game” for distinction purposes and because their own game was already called football.




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