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Old 04-26-2012, 03:33 AM   #1790042  /  #1
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For all you out there who love to complain when Americans, and certain others, call “Football”, “Soccer”, you should know that it was the British that invented the word and it was also one of the first names of what we now primarily know of as “Football”.

In fact, in the early days of the sport among the upper echelons of British society, the proper term for the sport was “Soccer”. Not only that, but the sport being referred to as “Soccer” preceded the first recorded instance of it being called by the singular word “Football” by about 18 years. This happening when it became more popular with the middle and lower class. When that happened, the term “Football” gradually began dominating over “Soccer” and the then official name “Association Football”.
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Old 04-26-2012, 03:52 AM   #1790051  /  #2
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:20 PM   #1790901  /  #3
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of course the OP, whilst being right about association soccer being the historical basis of the term from the early 1800's, neglected to note that variants of "football" have been recorded as far back as the 1400's.

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The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) records that the first written use of the word football used to describe a game was in 1424 in an Act forbidding it. The first written use of the word football to describe the ball was 1486, and that the first use as a verb (hence footballing) was in 1599. Although the OED just indicates it is a compound of foot and ball, the 1486 definition indicates that a ball was of the essence of the game.

Further early references to football being a game kicking a ball date from the 1530's:

"Ball-kicking games date back to the Roman legions, at least, but the sport seems to have risen to a national obsession in England."[6]
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:24 PM   #1790904  /  #4
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oi mates, let's trolly up the jumpacker and ave us a right jolly footy match, eh wot pip pip pip
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:00 PM   #1790958  /  #5
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I hear jasona likes arsenal
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:28 PM   #1791085  /  #6
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what do they call it in the countries that are good at it?
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:29 PM   #1791086  /  #7
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also i can confirm that jasona has defintiely said Up the arsenal at least once
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:30 PM   #1791088  /  #8
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well we're good at it and we call it soccer
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:30 PM   #1791089  /  #9
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our women are good at it anyway, our men are dumb at soccer
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either way though, nobody cares.
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:30 PM   #1791091  /  #11
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Whatever it is called nobody cares.

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Old 04-26-2012, 10:33 PM   #1791094  /  #12
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