Football or Soccer?

Is it football or soccer? Well, the answer, as it often lies in the geographical location you are in, and the historical context you consider.

The most of the world knows this sport as "Football", however, in North America and Australia, this sport is called "soccer" and the term "Football" refers to a completely different sport, which is generally known as "American Football".


In many parts of the world, including Europe, Asia, Africa and South America,, this sport is universally called as "Football". This name references the game's fundamental principle: the ball is primarily moved around the field using players' legs and feet.


In North Americans and Australia, the term "Football" has different meaning. It refers to a different sport altogether, one characterized by touchdowns, quarterbacks, and the Super Bowl. For this reason, in the United States and Canada, the game the rest of the world calls "Football" is known as "Soccer".

"Soccer" is derived from the term "Association Football", the official name of the sport. In the late 19th century, English schools and universities took the "SOC" from "Association' and added "ER" to create the term we know today.

Here is a table that shows where it is called football or soccer in different geographical locations:

Football Soccer
  • Europe
  • South America
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Oceania
  • North America (US & Canada)
  • Oceania (Australia)