When you read the word football in the title, did you think of Canadian and or American football? Well, I am here to show you how and why the name is different.
The first question is: why is it called “Soccer” in North America? Okay, look at the word “Association” and see if you can find it. Did you see it? If you don’t look at the three letters “soc” between the second letter and the sixth letter. Then, just add the letters “er” at the end and you get the name “Soccer”. According to the HuffingtonPost in 2014, 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. Oh! Now there is a reason why we call it football here in North America.
Known as “the beautiful game” the sport is known around the world and the most popular. It even produced some great players such as: Pelé, Christine Sinclair, Alex Morgan, Lionel Messi, etc. I have even been to a match during the Women’s FIFA World Cup here in Montreal when The Netherlands were playing Team Canada in 2015. The score was tied at one a piece. It was a wonderful match. As for the favorable name, I will leave it up to you, to decide. So the next time you want to play the beautiful game, how you would ask your peers? Let’s play football, or soccer?
Ralph A. Barretto
Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol. 47 Issue 6 on November 22, 2017