More from the "Soccer vs Football" conundrum

Ok, the latest news on the real name for Football or Soccer.

This was sent by anonymous and is quoted from Wikipedia, the online enyclopedia.

Quote :

"....The rules of football were codified in England by the Football Association in 1863, and the name association football was coined to distinguish the game from the other forms of football played at the time, specifically rugby football. The term soccer first appeared in the 1880s as a derivation of the abbreviation of association to assoc.Today the sport is known by a number of names throughout the English-speaking world, the most common being football and soccer; this has generated debate regarding the "correct" name for the sport. The term used depends largely on the need to differentiate the sport from other codes of football followed in a community. Football is the term used by FIFA, the sport's world governing body, and the International Olympic Committee. For more details of naming throughout the world, please refer to the main articles above....."

More information on the history of the much loved British game is available by clicking on this Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia link. I am going to call it British game so as not to offend anyone from England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland. If there are any fans of the "much loved British game" reading this from other countries then this is going to get very complicated.

3 comments:

SLF said...

I fear that this one will run and run and run!!

Bob Miller said...

Agree, it could run and run and run. The fact remains that it is somewhat unfair for Brits to castigate North Americans, Australians et al for calling the game soccer, when in fact it was them who told us to do it over a century ago! That's me out of here!

Anonymous said...

Bye then, Bob!

But before you go, please remember that the term 'soccer' has NEVER been popular in England and has often been used as a humour tool.

It's the Americans (I never mentioned the Australians) who have popularised the term.

Y'all have a nice day now!

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