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98 Responses to The Origin Of The Name Soccer: Now You Know

  1. Profile photo of Ani187
    Ani187 Female 30-39
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    July 2, 2010 at 12:50 pm
    Link: The Origin Of The Name Soccer: Now You Know - In your face, Brits and the rest of the `It`s football, not soccer` world!!
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    pui Female 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 1:35 pm
    bwa hahaa
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    bnimp Male 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 1:44 pm
    HA!
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    beternal Male 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 1:44 pm
    So it was ORIGINALLY called football as we all knew... a few brits decided to give it another name too... big deal!

    It was born football, it has been called football and it is called football by all the major countries that play it.

    While we`re on that topic... the American national passtime - BASEBALL - or to those of us that invented it... `rounders` - a girls game

    In your face, Yanks and the rest of the `It`s baseball, not rounders` world!!
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    buscompany Male 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 1:52 pm
    @beternal
    I think the point is that the people who invented the current rules that are used called it soccer as well as football, they weren`t just a "few brits". Also, a quick wikipedia search told me that rounders and baseball are actually now believed to be regional variants evolved from a different game whose name nobody uses now.
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    anarchsoul Male 30-39
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    July 2, 2010 at 2:07 pm
    eh, beter`s just angry cause his girlfriend dont shave..
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    skypirate Male 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 2:07 pm
    `It was born football, it has been called football and it is called football by all the major countries that play it.`

    all but one :)
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    Mitchster Male 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 2:15 pm
    Yeah, baseball is DEFINITELY not rounders. And it definitely wasn`t invented by a European.

    America`s "national pastime," if you can still call it that seeing as how popular American football is, is definitely American.
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    xiquiripat Male 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 2:21 pm
    How about this: we`ll start calling it football when you start driving on the right side of the road.
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    TheSharpest Male 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 2:27 pm
    It doesn`t piss me off they call football soccer, but it does piss me off they call handegg football.
  11. Profile photo of DaShiVa
    DaShiVa Male 30-39
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    July 2, 2010 at 2:29 pm
    I`m aussie, I`ve always called it soccer or football without caring the difference. But we have rugby, and you had gridiron, as I understood it. Since I moved to the states (and yes, I am still baffled as to why you guys decided to swap sides of the road to drive on, I`ll look up the origins of that sometime) I`ve been constantly confused by you guys using the term `football` for your version of rugby.
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    Mitchster Male 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm
    It`s beyond me why people get upset about stuff like this so much.

    Nobody`s complained that we don`t use the metric system. Nobody`s complained that we call them "french fries," instead of "chips."

    C`mon, guys! Complain! We`re disrespecting the scientific community and burger joints everywhere!
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    SlothOfDoom Male 30-39
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    July 2, 2010 at 2:33 pm
    See, this is why my countries sport only has one name. So the rest of you don`t get confused and start bickering like seven year olds. ;)
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    July 2, 2010 at 2:36 pm
    Things you need to know!
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    ajr2006 Male 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 2:37 pm
    "Rounders is a game played between two teams each alternating between batting and fielding. The game originated in England and has been played there since Tudor times, with the earliest reference being in 1745 in A Little Pretty Pocket-Book where it is called `baseball`."

    LOL to Mr.It`s-rounders-not-baseball
  16. Profile photo of SlothOfDoom
    SlothOfDoom Male 30-39
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    July 2, 2010 at 2:38 pm
    Ah the road argument, this is really common sense. A bit long to explain fully here so um... read it elsewhere
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    inaria Female 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 2:46 pm
    @Mitchster my fiance is american and I always tell him how retarded it is for american to not be using the metric system!
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    July 2, 2010 at 2:52 pm
    I am still baffled as to why you guys decided to swap sides of the road to drive on, I`ll look up the origins of that sometime

    I`ve read two explanations. No real evidence for them, but either could be plausible.

    i) In the early days of British/European colonisation of America, a striking difference was the amount of space. This led to the use of wider roads and larger carts for carrying bulk materials like farm produce. These larger carts required 2 or even 4 horses. They were easier to control when sitting to the left of the cart. It was then easier to judge safe passing of things to your left, as you couldn`t see the right side of your cart. So carts passed to each other`s left, i.e. on the right side of the road.

    ii) Because everyone else used the left and always had. USA was NEW and DIFFERENT!
  19. Profile photo of Mitchster
    Mitchster Male 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 2:55 pm
    @inaria I know, right? I hate using the American system. It`s bologna. I try to use the metric system whenever possible. I still have a heck of a time trying to do temperature in Celsius, though.
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    MikeyNiv Male 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 2:57 pm
    "So forget that English condescension and carry on calling it soccer, safe in the knowledge that you’re more in tune with the roots of the sport than those mocking Brits."

    It was still called football before soccer though, so that`s a load of bull. People who call it football are more in tune...

    And anyway, in your face all you Americans who like calling it soccer because you think you`re being individual and separate from Britain!
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    July 2, 2010 at 3:05 pm
    None of this is new - it`s been hashed out in a couple of threads already.

    The use of the word "football" for the sport predates the use of the word "soccer" by OVER 600 YEARS. That`s only for the oldest extant written record - it is clear that football existed before then.
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    peloos12 Male 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 3:08 pm
    This story`s been told in every thread about football/soccer for the past month.

    Good to see somebody who isn`t talking of their ass tell it in an eloquent way, though.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    July 2, 2010 at 3:12 pm
    General usage in the UK is quite strange if you look at it objectively - it is normal to use a mash of metric and imperial systems and it`s normal for different people to use different ones. So, for example, I use metric for temperature, imperial for distances, imperial for weights of people but metric for weights of everything else, metric for some liquids but imperial for others. Other people use a different mix.
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    Trumple07 Male 13-17
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    July 2, 2010 at 3:13 pm
    Heh. At least we dont drive on the wrong side of the road ;)
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    MikeyNiv Male 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 3:17 pm
    Originally traffic was on the left, and 75 countries drive on the left today. 165 drive on the right, so it is split 1:2 really. So do you count the side with most countries being right, or whatever came first? You can`t possibly choose a right or wrong side to drive on.
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    Zebrameat Male 13-17
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    July 2, 2010 at 3:17 pm
    It´s funny how two countries can get so worked up about the names of a sport.
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    xXamwxxXx Male 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 3:19 pm
    Waiting sucks. Crybabys suck. Being bored sucks. Soccer sucks
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    mic_bastid Male 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 3:32 pm
    soccer sucks anyways it is the easiest way to fall asleep in the middle of the day after two cups of coffee
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    lacunaKelly Female 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 3:39 pm
    sometimes i wish that america would just shut up and get over such idiotic stuff. -.-`
  30. Profile photo of Mainframe
    Mainframe Male 40-49
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    July 2, 2010 at 3:40 pm
    Ridiculous. British (not just English) have referred to the game as Soccer for many years, as per the explanation in the item on i-am-bored. The British (myself included) are at home referring to the game that we invented as "soccer" as we are calling it football. It is only the USA that need to differentiate it against their bastardised rugby game that they call football. I remember in my childhood (30 years back), Dickie Davis, sports commentator accidentally referring to it as "World Cop Sucker" and appearing on out-takes compilation shows ever since.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    July 2, 2010 at 3:42 pm
    :-P So THERE europe!
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    Yadarfyn Female 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 3:46 pm
    Our point isn`t so much "it`s called football, not soccer" as it is "why call your football `football` when your feet don`t touch the ball?"
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    bayoubengal Female 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 4:14 pm
    "Our point isn`t so much "it`s called football, not soccer" as it is "why call your football `football` when your feet don`t touch the ball?""

    It`s not called football because your feet touch the ball. It was originally called football because it was played by "lower class" people on foot, as compared to "upper class" people playing on horses.
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    motownc Male 30-39
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    July 2, 2010 at 4:19 pm
    Soccer almost certainly pre-dates 1863, the association football myth has long been questioned. Mary Queen of Scots was noted remarking on how well her retinue played in a football match on the castle soceries. She died in 1587. The real issue is that `American Football`, as a relative newcomer, should retain it`s `American` prefix. Football is Soccer not the padded up and slightly camp version of rugby the Americans choose to play.
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    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 4:52 pm
    The origin of "Soccer", meaning it should be called "Soccer", surely then should mean America calls their Gridiron "Rugby".

    Saying as it goes:

    Football -> Association Football (Soccer) -> Football
    Football -> Rugby Football (Rugby) -> American Football

    The patterns for their roots, show that the exact same argument applies to calling American Football Rugby. Cept you wear lycra and pads.
  36. Profile photo of pdjr
    pdjr Male 40-49
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    July 2, 2010 at 5:09 pm
    Its a ball you hit by your foot... football.

    If its a sport played by cowards in armour throwing a ball to each other it should be called american pussyball
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    Slmmhmmr161 Male 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 5:32 pm
    @ pdjr:

    Call north american football players cowards when SOCCER players around the world stop falling over crying when someone brushes them with a hand or shoulder.
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    skine Male 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 5:42 pm
    For all the people who are too lazy to look up Football on Wikipedia:

    Football is a class of team sports that have similar origins. The use of the word "football" doesn`t necessarily mean "kicking the ball," seeing as some sports in the class outlaw kicking completely.

    Ball games had been popular in Europe for centuries before any of these became popular, and regional codes were common. In the 1850`s, many football games were popular, usually split into "kicking" and "carrying," with a hybrid developed in Boston. Around that time, McGill (Montreal) took up a carrying game similar to rugby, while most Ivy League universities, excluding Harvard, took up kicking games, somewhat similar to soccer. Harvard and McGill played each other, and this variant of football became popular, and was later codified (1870`s).

    Then, from 1878 to 1882, Walter Camp became active in proposing rule changes while attending Yale which would make
  39. Profile photo of Webz
    Webz Male 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 5:42 pm
    "sometimes i wish that america would just shut up and get over such idiotic stuff. -.-`"

    This coming from a European, the continent that NEVER shuts up about all the little things they hate about America, like the nerdy girl at high school always talking smack about the popular girl.

    "Our point isn`t so much "it`s called football, not soccer" as it is "why call your football `football` when your feet don`t touch the ball?""

    Some other sports which involve hand usage more than feet but are still officially known as football:

    -Rugby Football
    -Gaelic Football
    -Australian Football

    The thing is though, in all those countries, Association Football is more popular, so it`s given the nickname `football` while the others are called `rugby`, `gaelic` and `ozzie rules`.

    In America, American Football is the most popular form of football, so similarly, IT is given the nickname `football` and the le
  40. Profile photo of vorpalsword
    vorpalsword Male 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 5:43 pm
    pdjr if an American football player played rugby , he would pwn the rugby players. Rugby players are dwarfs compared to American football players.
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    Webz Male 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 5:43 pm
    Damn character limit lies...

    In America, American Football is the most popular form of football, so similarly, IT is given the nickname `football` and the less popular Association Football is called `soccer`. At least that`s my reasoning.
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    shishkabob Male 13-17
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    July 2, 2010 at 5:57 pm
    actually american football is called football, because like its predecessor rugby, most points were scored by kicking the ball. to get the touchdown you had to literally touch the ball down in the endzone (hence touchdown) and by gettin a touchdown (one point) that gave you the opportunity to score 6 points on the kick after the touchdown. and field goals were of course still 3 points.
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    LtFurpie Male 30-39
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    July 2, 2010 at 6:30 pm
    It should be called "The sport in which we teach children how to properly dive"

    The name is a tad long, but diving is rewarded in soccer. Losers and untrustable people like the sport.
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    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 6:30 pm
    Holy sh*t, guys. You`re getting pissier than an abortion link about Obama and global warming.

    IT`S. SPORTS.
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    HKelch Male 30-39
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    July 2, 2010 at 6:41 pm
    Soccer = FAIL
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    wahface Female 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 6:44 pm
    @Webz - In australia we still differentiate between Aussie Rules football and "football" - we also call the latter Soccer!
    That`s because when one refers to footy, we`re usually talking about AFL (Australian Football League - Aussie rules football) or rugby.
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    wake_n_bake Male 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 6:47 pm
    no vorpal. rugby players are monsters, and in addition have better cardio than american football players since the sport demands it.
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    taylor_stone Male 30-39
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    July 2, 2010 at 7:14 pm
    Americans don`t give a f-u-c-k about soccer...



    Amazing Atheist`s take on Soccer and various other things
  49. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    July 2, 2010 at 7:26 pm
    pdjr if an American football player played rugby , he would pwn the rugby players.

    Perhaps if he was allowed to wear armour and they weren`t, maybe, if he could catch them. Although he`d probably be too tired to do well for nearly all of the match, as a rugby match is 7 times longer than an American football match.

    So you`re wrong.

    Rugby players are dwarfs compared to American football players.

    That would require American football players to be 10 feet tall and weigh 500lbs.

    Which is not the case.

    So you`re wrong. Again.
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    GHudston Male 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 7:51 pm
    Wait... The Soc is from AsSOCiation?! That`s the WORST abbreviation I`ve ever seen, it doesn`t make any sense at all! No wonder almost everyone stopped using it... stop being so stubborn America! ;)
  51. Profile photo of ElSombrero
    ElSombrero Male 13-17
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    July 2, 2010 at 7:58 pm
    See... the thing about what people call it... I don`t care.

    I alternate names, sometimes in mid-sentence, to mess with people.
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    trailleadr Male 40-49
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    July 2, 2010 at 7:59 pm
    "Wait... The Soc is from AsSOCiation?! That`s the WORST abbreviation I`ve ever seen, it doesn`t make any sense at all!"

    yeah, because "Ass Football" would have been better. lol
    But I do agree, that`s a horrible abbreviation.
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    handys003 Male 50-59
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    July 2, 2010 at 8:53 pm
    I thought it was named due to the high socks covering the shin pads. How about soc as in socking (kick). Sock it to me baby!
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    July 2, 2010 at 9:03 pm
    trailleadr: Would you have rather seen them use the first three letters A-S-S then we`d have Assball ?
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    Djer Male 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 10:46 pm
    The main reason we in the US don`t call it football is because of our other sport named football. If we called soccer "football," what would the other sport be called? Yardball? Spiralball? "Sometimes kicked-sometimes thrown-sometimes carried-ball?
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    frajola Female 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 11:05 pm
    You could call it handball 2: now it`s egg shaped!
  57. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    July 2, 2010 at 11:05 pm
    I`ve said for a while that football should be called assball in the USA. It would be good for some cheap laughs.

    Dier...Yale would be consistent for American football. It`s a spinoff from Rugby. Rugby was named after the place most associated with the beginning of the sport. Yale is the place most associated with the beginning of American football. Yale football --> Yale, like Rugby football --> Rugby.

    But the names aren`t going to change.
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    skine Male 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 11:30 pm
    Honestly, iab, this is another example of why I hate the "most recent post" ordering system.

    It allows everyone to post without even considering reading any of the preceding entries. Personally, I think you need a better moderating and ordering system. As examples, tomshardware.com is pretty good, and slashdot.com is the pinnacle of moderation.

    -skine
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    grahamm Male 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 11:35 pm
    we should just call every sport sportball. even chess.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    July 2, 2010 at 11:40 pm
    Maybe we should call soccer "metric football."
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    magoo22 Male 30-39
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    July 2, 2010 at 11:44 pm
    At LAST! Someone has explained where the name came from instead of just bitching about which is the correct usage.
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    skine Male 18-29
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    July 2, 2010 at 11:58 pm
    So, we have:

    Ass. Football
    Rug. Football
    Am. Football
    Aus. Football
    Gae. Football
    and so on...
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    icklevamp Female 18-29
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    July 3, 2010 at 12:17 am
    Right, I get that you guys have your own football, but why do you not use your feet?? That`s like me calling our football "handball", it`s stupid, cause there are no hands involved?
    Has anyone considered "overclothed rugby"? Or maybe "soccer", since that`s frankly not got the word foot in it.
  64. Profile photo of den3jlb
    den3jlb Male 18-29
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    July 3, 2010 at 12:34 am
    A Yahoo writer wrote it so it must be true!

    Doesn`t matter what its called, you have to live in England from August to May to see it played at the very best level.
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    johnhgough Male 40-49
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    July 3, 2010 at 12:44 am
    And do people really believe `The Sun` is the voice of the nation? Sun readership 3m, pop of UK 60m. The 57m who don`t read `The Sun` (otherwise known as a comic) could not give a $hit if its called football or soccer
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    JimmyRocks Male 30-39
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    July 3, 2010 at 12:47 am
    Honestly, Skine, signing your name to a post that will already be preceded by your name and avatar is idiotic.
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    JimmyRocks Male 30-39
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    July 3, 2010 at 12:52 am
    @icklevamp That`s correct, American football players never run, nor kick the ball. The use of their feet is non existent.
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    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    July 3, 2010 at 1:00 am
    Oh. I thought it was called "vuvuzela". Whatever.
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    r3tr0r0ck3r Male 18-29
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    July 3, 2010 at 1:40 am
    It`s short for "Association Football". It`s not complicated.
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    Handsompod Male 30-39
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    July 3, 2010 at 1:42 am
    Handsompod -

    Yeah Skine, how lame are you?

    - Handsompod

    Handsompod -

    P.S. This article sucked, this is common knowledge. I might write an article on where poo comes from so I can amaze my peers.

    - Handsompod
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    July 3, 2010 at 1:46 am
    Of course it`s an English anme for football. I could`ve told you that rather than getting some journo to write you an aticle on it.

    The issue Brits have is not that you call it "soccer", but that you don`t call it "football".
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    jamesrs Male 18-29
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    July 3, 2010 at 4:08 am
    stop calling us brits! when it comes to football England, Northen Ireland, Scotland and wales have different teams and the rivalry is strong.
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    monkey_spank Male 30-39
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    July 3, 2010 at 4:48 am
    its short for association football, used to be called soccer...but now just football
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    zepth Male 18-29
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    July 3, 2010 at 4:50 am
    Here Here Buiadh "The issue Brits have is not that you call it "soccer", but that you don`t call it "football"."

    it`s cause stupid yanks have an idiotic whimpy game and call it football... and no-one else in the world agrees with them
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    TheNineXXX Male 18-29
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    July 3, 2010 at 4:58 am
    Soccer = Association Football. I thought everyone knew that.
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    MYCHEMGIRL Female 13-17
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    July 3, 2010 at 5:12 am
    That article was way too long.
    I learned that it used to be called `Association Football,` by them Brits, then to shorten that up it morphed into `Assoc.` which then turned into `soccer` from `soc.`

    I call it soccer. Because it`s how I learned what the freakin` game was. Even whenever I try and call it football, I can`t seem to help but imagine the NFL. Everyone knows what `soccer` is. While using `football` you have to specify /which/ football you mean. Which takes up far too much time when you`re busy cringing at the television screen.
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    pizzaroll Male 18-29
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    July 3, 2010 at 5:24 am
    @zepth, if you really think professional football (NFL) is whimpy, you must be drating Chuck Norris or something. It`d probably kill you if you got tackled by a 300 lbs linebacker. drating stupid ass brit.
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    martinikene Male 18-29
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    July 3, 2010 at 6:36 am
    Why is that game in the United states called football? You know the game where people run into eachother. They barely use their feet to kick the ball. Or am I wrong because I have never seen American Football.
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    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    July 3, 2010 at 7:01 am
    >>stop calling us brits! when it comes to football England, Northen Ireland, Scotland and wales...

    Yeah! They`re EUROPEANS, dammit! Get with the program!
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    Samsquanch Male 30-39
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    July 3, 2010 at 7:14 am
    American football (aka "football") is a variation of Rugby football (aka "Rugby"). Properly, it`s "American Rules Football", just as there`s "Australian Rules Football", and "Canadian Rules Football" (all of which are Rugby variants). Those became shortened to just "football".
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    DarthTyranus Male 18-29
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    July 3, 2010 at 10:16 am
    @jamesrs Will stop calling you brits when you stop calling us yanks.
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    mulan182 Female 18-29
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    July 3, 2010 at 10:45 am
    "soccer" ftw. but soccer=epic fail
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    MikeyNiv Male 18-29
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    July 3, 2010 at 10:46 am
    Whoever said footballers got rewarded for diving is an ass-hat. That`s why they get booked for doing it these days.
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    Flashpacker Male 18-29
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    July 3, 2010 at 11:02 am
    Why in my face?? im not even british......thank god =)
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    Shtiv Male 18-29
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    July 3, 2010 at 11:02 am
    Right, so a few retards in one part of England APPARENTLY called it Soccer, according to one Doctors Martin Rogers and Clive Toye which means the WHOLE of England call it Soccer?

    Wait...Martin Rogers isn`t a Doctor and is just some dude with a twitter page who has just spouted a load of crap?! Oh no, stupid soccer theory debunked!
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    shinu Male 18-29
    1387 posts
    July 3, 2010 at 12:15 pm
    now the word "soccer" looks weird :/
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    July 3, 2010 at 12:24 pm
    it`s cause stupid yanks have an idiotic whimpy game and call it football

    Wimpy? The clue train didn`t stop at your station, did it?

    There are plenty of things to complain about with American football, chief of which is how little of any given match is actually played (play for a minute...wait...wait...wait...aha, another minute...wait...wait...wait) but it`s definitely a hard sport. The armour drops the impact forces down to roughly rugby levels, so you`re still going to get hurt.
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    Froggybuster Male 13-17
    122 posts
    July 3, 2010 at 1:34 pm
    Rugby impact forces are the same as American Football levels, so the padding makes it less painful. You have never seen professional rugby if you think they are more in American Football.
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    V4nger Male 13-17
    49 posts
    July 3, 2010 at 1:57 pm
    Wow... This is a laod of bullcrap IMO. Soccer is the American word for it, Football is the British word for it. (I hate the word British because for some reason Americans insist on calling me British even though I`m ENGLISH).

    I know many British people are snooty towards the American way of calling it soccer but the Sun, Daily Mail, all those tabloids DO NOT give the view of a nation. They give the view of stuck up, ignorant people who just want to have an argument. I have no idea why Americans seem to think that Britain has something against them. But it annoys me a hell of a lot. I`m not a fan of the sport so I don`t really care. But Football makes a hell of a lot more sense than Soccer does. Also most of the world calls it football. Russia, France, Spain, Portugal, all Spanish speaking countries. It isn`t just Britain that calls it Football.
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    xxPinkxx Female 18-29
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    July 3, 2010 at 2:00 pm
    In canada we call it soccar, but it really SHOULD be called football, i think.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    July 3, 2010 at 3:25 pm
    Rugby impact forces are the same as American Football levels, so the padding makes it less painful. You have never seen professional rugby if you think they are more in American Football.

    I have seen professional rugby. I`ve played rugby. I`ve seen the results of experiments measuring impact forces for rugby and on the outside of the padding for American football.

    I am confident that I am right and you are wrong.
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    oxyl Male 30-39
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    July 3, 2010 at 4:49 pm
    soccer is a synonym for football as doucherocket is a synonym for australians
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    frajola Female 18-29
    99 posts
    July 3, 2010 at 9:08 pm
    So if American football, Canadian football and Australian Football are all variations of Rugby football, I think the question we need to ask is "how come rugby is football?"
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12387 posts
    July 3, 2010 at 10:00 pm
    The answer to that is well known - rugby is a spinoff from football.

    Rugby is never called football, though, so it`s not the same situation as American football. Strictly speaking it`s Rugby rules football, but it`s never called that either. Rugby or (rarely) rugby football, but never just football.
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    kirstoner Female 18-29
    535 posts
    July 4, 2010 at 4:21 am
    Why do some people/countries call it soccer and not football? TO AVOID CONFUSION. Now shutup about it.
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    Sinn Male 18-29
    284 posts
    July 5, 2010 at 5:17 am
    i`d like to see sources on this instead of some random heresay some douche conjured up like an impotent wizard.
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    kipz0r Male 18-29
    37 posts
    July 6, 2010 at 9:09 am
    And here now: The real explanation
    It`s football, even when you say soccer. :)
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    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    July 7, 2010 at 7:46 am
    I played soccer.

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