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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.
Football, also called association football or soccer, is a game involving two teams of 11 players who try to maneuver the ball into the other team’s goal without using their hands or arms. The team that scores more goals wins. Football is the world’s most popular ball game in numbers of participants and spectators.
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Soccer can be derived from ‘associated’ and football is derived from the second term. Rugby (rugby rootball), too, was called rugger around 200 years ago, when soccer was colloquialized also (adding -er must have been a trend).
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.