Definition of soccer in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsäkər/


A game played by two teams of eleven players with a round ball that may not be touched with the hands or arms during play except by the goalkeepers. The object of the game is to score goals by kicking or heading the ball into the opponents' goal.
Example sentences
  • Major team sports include rugby, soccer and cricket for boys and hockey and netball for girls.
  • There is rough play, even dirty play, in football, basketball and soccer, but it is rare.
  • Youngsters learned new experiences such as blind soccer using audible footballs.


Late 19th century: from a shortening of Association football + an extended use of -er1.

  • This is a shortening of Association football, the official name given in the late 19th century to the game, to distinguish it from rugby football. The word was formed by the same process that gave us rugger for rugby.

Words that rhyme with soccer

blocker, chocker, docker, Fokker, interlocker, locker, mocha, mocker, ocker, quokka, rocker, saltimbocca, shocker, stocker

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Syllabification: soc·cer

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