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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureRoyalty · 2 months ago

Why do british people confuse football and soccer so much?

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  • 2 months ago

    In Britain it has always been 'FOOTBALL'. A shortening of the name for 'Association Football'.

    The 'Soccer' comes from 'Association'.

    We have two other 'football' games in Britain, they are 'Rugby Football, which is divided into two codes, Union(15 man teams) and League' (13 man teams).

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  • David
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    There is no confusion it is the Americans that are confused  We play football  a British invention. what the Americans play is their version of the British game called Rugby ,but they play it with all kinds of padding on  because they are scared to get hurt . 

    • Ding Dong
      Lv 6
      2 months agoReport

      Thats right, they are big pansies.

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  • 2 months ago

     Nobody is confused.

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  • There is no confusion.

    A long time ago in Britain and Ireland, most villages had a game that involved a ball and one or more goals. These were all types of football, even though some of them involved very little kicking. Over time, some of these local games were codified - Association Football, Rugby Football, Gaelic Football, etc. American Football is a variant of rugby. Australian Rules Football was an invention to keep cricketers fit in the winter, but was derived from Gaelic Football.

    All the variants claim to be football.

    But because Association Football (soccer for short) is now so common around the world, most nations would understand Football to mean Association Football. But in a few other countries where other variants of football are more popular, the term Soccer is used and Football or Footie is used to describe the more popular sport. In Australia, Footie means AFL in Victoria but Rugby League in NSW and Queensland.

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  • 2 months ago

    What you call football, we call rugger. Football is soccer to us.

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  • 2 months ago

    Association Football, Grid Iron (American Football) and Rugby Football were all invented by the English. Americans hardly kick the ball in their game so how can it claim to be football. The word Soccer is a shortening of ‘Association’ as in Association Football. 

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  • Clo
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    What does this question have to do with Royalty? Royalty deals with the monarchies and peerages of the world.

    Your question deals with Sports:

    https://answers.yahoo.com/dir/index?sid=396545464

    or Other Society and Culture:

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    The original football game is what we Americans call "soccer." We are the ones who changed the name of the sport--worldwide, it is called "Football" and "American Football" for our particular game.

    • Robert B
      Lv 6
      2 months agoReport

      It is utterly easy: ‘royalty’ and ‘football’ have a few letters in common,  namely a, o, l, & t.  Thus, they are almost the same thing.  Who needs precise English, anyway?  If we don’t know what you mean, we can always guess. 

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  • jimmy
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    They don't. The correct name of the sport is Association Football. The term soccer is just a slang term. The world governing body of the sport is FIFA, Federation International Football Association.

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  • 2 months ago

    Actually, its Americans who are confused about it.

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  • Asep
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    I have something to tell you that might blow your mind

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