Soccer comes from "association football" and the term was used in the UK to distinguish it from rugby football. In countries with other forms of football (USA, Australia) soccer became more generic, basically a synonym for 'football' in the international sense, to distinguish it from their domestic game.
In a paper that was published by Stefan Szymanski, a professor at University of Michigan, it has been stated that the Britishers may need to correct their history when it comes to soccer and football debate. It was shared that 200 years ago that the word ‘soccer’ originated in Britain. Officially, it was known as ‘association football’.
Football (or soccer as the game is called in some parts of the world) has a long history. Football in its current form arose in England in the middle of the 19th century. But alternative versions of the game existed much earlier and are a part of the football history.
If you mean American football then yes soccer is older. American Football was first played in 1869 with soccer's first match in 1848.
Which came first, US style football, or Soccer style football? Which was called football first? Neither. Football is the name given to sports played on foot. There were many forms of football in England, Ireland, Scotland and around the world. When Cambridge University codified their game of football it became known as Association Football or soccer.
Transition from Soccer to Football The oddly-named association football was becoming more and more known as soccer in England, the shortening ‘football’ was also used by some as well. Football started sounding more logical as time progressed as it helped outline the main difference between rugby and soccer/football since the former was mainly passed by hand while the latter used the foot.
It was first recorded in 1889 as socca and then socker before finding its current form in 1895. With American football already popular in North America and being popularly known as football ...
Brits coined the term soccer in the late 1800s to refer to Association Football, the sport we now know as soccer/football. "Soccer" was picked as a way to differentiate from another kind of ...
The word "soccer," which is believed to have originated in Britain some 200 years ago, comes from the official name of the sport, "association football." As other versions of the game evolved to include Rugby Football, it is believed the Brits adopted colloquialisms to distinguish each game.