from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A game played on a rectangular field with net goals at either end in which two teams of 11 players each try to drive a ball into the other's goal by kicking, heading, or using any part of the body except the arms and hands. The goalie is the only player who may touch or move the ball with the arms or hands.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Association football, a game in which two teams of eleven players contend to get a round ball into their opponent's goal primarily by kicking the ball with their feet.
  • v. To kick the football directly off the ground, without using one's hands.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The ‘Association’ game of football. See foot-ball, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a football game in which two teams of 11 players try to kick or head a ball into the opponents' goal


From alteration of assoc., abbreviation of association football.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Colloquial abbreviation for Association football, via abbreviation Assoc. +‎ -er (“(slang suffix)”); earlier socca (1889), then socker (1891), with soccer attested 1895. (Wiktionary)



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  • As compared to rugby football --> rugger.

    Could they have not explored the potention of asser?

    June 23, 2008

  • Association football

    June 22, 2008