I thought this was a pretty interesting little article about why people in the U.S. call it Soccer instead of Futbol. Apparently the English actually coined the term, which is weird because they give us the most shit about it, and it has been around for quite some time. So the next time someone gives you shit about calling it soccer, give them this little bit of info.
OT - Why the U.S. calls it Soccer
I have always wondered this. Ever since in elementary school when people used to say "they call soccer football and football soccer in England"
It's from the original english name for the sport "Association Football"
As Brits will do, they called Rugby Football "Rugger" for short, and Association Football "Soccer" for short.
Hence the term Soccer.
What amazes me is that so many people insist on referring to it as "futbol." It's not like the game belongs to the hispanic, and really, that word is more or less pronounced as "football."
with (American) football.
Calling it Soccer works just fine too.
We've been calling (American) football just "football" since the 1860's. So that name is staying.
Driving on the right is significantly more common than driving on the left. In that case at least, the English are the stubborn holdouts refusing to adapt to modernity.
Not to mention that most of the English-speaking world calls it "soccer." It's the predominant name for the sport in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and coexists with "football" in Ireland and South Africa. The UK is the only major English-speaking society that insists on calling it "football."
Association-rules football is Soccer, then what is American-rules football?
But seriously, is there a common British slang for our football?
Pretty sure that would be "gridiron". That's what they call it in Australia/New Zealand anyway, pretty sure the U.K. too.
"Gridiron football" makes sense and is probably more useful than "American football." Plus, if anyone cared, I suppose it could be "gridder" in the slang with rugger and soccer.
Funny commercial showing what rugby fans (and I think most of us) think of soccer...
it was only Rugby that was played. And it was generally a Gentlemen's game, played in universities or in clubs for gentlemen who of course had the proper university education.
But the rules weren't rigidly controlled and disputes over the variations are what pushed for the British Clubs to get together and agree on how the game was to be played. Of course this is hard to envision if you look at how Soccer Football, and Rugby Football are played now. But that video is perfect for demonstrating the original argument that caused the split.
"On October 1963, eleven London clubs and schools sent their representatives to the Freemason's Tavern. These representatives were intent on clarifying the muddle by establishing a set of fundamental rules, acceptable to all parties, to govern the matches played amongst them. This meeting marked the birth of TheFootball Association. The eternalconcerning shin-kicking, tripping and carrying the ball was discussed thoroughly at this and consecutive meetings until eventually on 8 December the die-hard exponents of the Rugby style took their final leave. They were in the minority anyway. They wanted no part in a game that forbade tripping, shin-kicking and carrying the ball. A stage had been reached where the ideals were no longer compatible. On 8 December 1863, footballand rugby finally split. Their separation became totally irreconcilable six years hence when a provision was included in the football rules forbidding any handling of the ball (not only carrying it)."
(My bolding of course)
Clearly the soccer variation is more accessible to a greater portion of the worlds population, since the key physical characteristic is the ability to run around constantly for 90 minutes. Add on that the cost is the price of a ball. poof, global appeal, and no reason to differentiate it from the non-existence of the brutish variety, Rugby Football.
because the name Football is already taken by a sport played by men who act like real men (i.e. don't flop around on the ground in pathetic display of their lack of cahoneys).
Is there British slang for that too?
IMO Gaelic football looks like it would be fun to play. I know there are some leagues around the country. Anyone here ever play?