With all the World Cup stuff going on right now, this one seemed appropriate. And is why my kids asked, “Why do we call it soccer and everyone else call it football?”

So naturally, I looked it up. =)

As it turns out, soccer comes directly from football…sort of. It started as an abbreviation of Football Association. For reasons fairly obvious, rather than abbreviate with the first three letters of association, university kids would abbreviate it socc instead. Sometimes socca. In the 1890s, it was pretty common for university slang to apply an -er ending to just about anything. Rugby players were called ruggers, for example, so by 1891, soccer had joined the language. Probably first applied to the players, but it apparently stuck and became applied to the game itself.

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