Etymology
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soccer (n.)

1889, socca, later socker (1891), soccer (1895), originally university slang (with jocular formation -er (3)), from a shortened form of Assoc., abbreviation of association in Football Association (as opposed to Rugby football); compare rugger. An unusual method of formation, but those who did it perhaps shied away from making a name out of the first three letters of Assoc. Compare 1890s English schoolboy slang leccer, from lecture (n.).

updated on June 05, 2016

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Definitions of soccer from WordNet

soccer (n.)
a football game in which two teams of 11 players try to kick or head a ball into the opponents' goal;
Synonyms: association football
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.