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    Is the word "soccer" (=football) exclusively used in the USA or also in other English speaking countries like maybe Canada, Australia, Philippines, Hongkong, etc.?

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    Re: soccer

    It originated in England at a time when words were commonly shortened and altered a bit to make slangy version of them. The game was (and still is) officially called association football; "association" was altered into soccer. Americans already had a game called "football" when the English game crossed the pond, so only the slangy name soccer was used over here.

    I believe soccer appears fairly often, though much less than "football", in British usage. What say our British denizens?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: soccer

    I've heard that "soccer" is used in Ireland to distinguish the game from Gaelic Football, and also in Australia to distinguish it from Australian Rules Football.
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    Re: soccer

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post

    I believe soccer appears fairly often, though much less than "football", in British usage. What say our British denizens?
    You're right.

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