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A game of soccer.


soccer (uncountable)

  1. association football
    • 1885 December 1, “Our Oxford Letter”, in The Oldhallian, page 171:
      The 'Varsity played Aston Villa and were beaten after a very exciting game; this was pre-eminently the most important "Socker" game played in Oxford this term.
    • 1888 February 15, “Charley Symonds”, in The Oxford Magazine, page 224:
      Golf is perhaps seven or eight years old in Oxford, ... football, seu Rugger, sive Soccer, not more than sixteen or seventeen.
    • 1890, Albert Barrère and Charles Leland, A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant, volume 2, Ballantyne, page 275:
      Socker (public schools), football played according to the Association Rules
    • 1987, Charles Hughes, The Football Association Coaching Book of Soccer: Tactics and Skills, London: BBC, ISBN 0563178086:

Usage notes

  • football (meaning "soccer") is more commonly used in the UK.


  • association football (UK, formal, rarely used)
  • soccer football
  • football (ambiguous; this term may also refer to: American football, Australian Rules football, Canadian football, Gaelic football, Rugby League, Rugby Union)

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soccer (third-person singular simple present soccers, present participle soccering, simple past and past participle soccered)

  1. (Australian rules football) To kick the football directly off the ground, without using one's hands.
    • 1990 Geoffrey Blainey, A Game of Our Own: The Origins of Australian Football, 2003, Black Inc. Publishing, p73.
      The rule seems to have encouraged players to soccer the ball along the ground.
    • 2008, John Devaney, Full Points Footy′s WA Football Companion, page 334,
      [] West Perth seemed on the verge of victory, only to succumb by 4 points after a soccered goal from Old Easts with less than half a minute remaining.
    • 2010 March 27, Michael Whiting, “Lions give Fev debut to remember”, AFL - The official site of the Australian Football League.
      Fevola showed the best and worst of his play after dropping a simple chest mark, only to regather seconds later and soccer the ball through from the most acute of angles.


  1. soccer” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).



  • (Quebec) IPA(key): [sɔ.kɚ], [sɔ.kaœ̯ʁ]


soccer m (uncountable)

  1. (Canada, Quebec) soccer (association football)


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