What is called football by most of the rest of the world, including UK English speakers, is known as soccer or European football in the USA and Canada. What is called football in North America is ...
Football vs. Soccer. Soccer is called Association football, or more commonly simply football in most of the world. In America, the word football refers to American football, which has more in common with rugby than with soccer.
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While England uses the term football, many of its former colonies (e.g. Ireland, Canada, Australia and South Africa, etc.) use the term soccer. This may be because the term soccer in England was widely used until the 1970s, when it switched, in part, because it was viewed as an Americanism.
One of the best-known differences between British and American English is the fact that the sport known as football in Great Britain is usually called soccer in the United States. Because the sport originated in England, it is often assumed that soccer is an Americanism. In fact, the word is thoroughly British in origin.
Firstly, football is a game played in all parts of the world and is perhaps the most popular sport on the planet. But while the rest of the world calls it football, Americans prefer to call it soccer. But even Americans are forced to call it football when their national soccer team is participating in FIFA world cup or Olympics in any other country.
US vs UK Football Culture: Away Fans. By rule, but not always in practice, away fans are supposed to get 10% of tickets to an English match, and up to three times that for a Cup tie. This means that throughout the Premier League, and in many lower league games, there are literally thousands of away fans singing their guts out the whole game.
"The rugby football game was shortened to 'rugger,' a term recognized in British English to the present day, and the association football game was, plausibly, shortened to 'soccer'" Szymanski writes. (Apparently ending words in "er" was a fad back then.)
American football is a lot of standing around, with seconds of high octane action. Soccer is more of constant, but not particularly enthralling action. The attacking team passing the ball around looking for a weakness in the defense may be tactically important, but it is. not a high pace activity.