How “football” became “soccer”

American soccer fans are well aware that the sport they call “soccer” is best known as “football” in other parts of the world. But there’s a very logical explanation: “Soccer” comes from “assoccer,” which was short for “association football.” That term was used to distinguish the game from “rugby football.”​

A screenshot of a message from Stylebot on Slack that reads: "For an American audience, use "soccer" to refer to the game instead of "football," except in quotation marks or proper nouns: "The U.S. soccer team arrived in Qatar for the World Cup." Fun fact: The word "soccer" comes from shortening the term "association football" to "assoccer.""

And if you love the soccer tournaments but aren’t a fan of hyphens, here’s some good news: You don’t need a hyphen in “quarterfinal” or “semifinal.”

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