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What is the origin of the name 'Soccer'?

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    In the early days of this game, an association was set up in England to codify the rules. The game was sometimes referred to as "association football," probably to distinguish it from other variations. "association" was abbreviated to "assoc.," so the game was nicknamed "soccer." Since the term "football" was already used in the U.S. to describe a different game, the name "soccer" stuck here. Source(s): http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dic

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    Same as the origins of soccer as a game, the origin of the word soccer can be attributed to different countries. The game itself wasn't invented by the English, but it was them who popularized it and organized it under a strict set of rules. Nowadays, the word soccer is usually attributed to Americans, but just like the above example, it was not the Americans who first used or invented the word, they were simply the ones that used it to full effect. The English will never agree to use the term "soccer" around what they call "football" for centuries.

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