What is called football by most of the rest of the world, including UK English speakers, is known as soccer or European football in the USA and Canada.
Soccer is called Association football, or more commonly simply football in most of the world. In America, the word football refers to American football, which has more in common with rugby than with soccer.
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Soccer is played with a round ball that can be kicked and headed. American football, however, is more of a rugby type game in which the oblong shaped ball is thrown and passed as well as kicked. In the rest of the world, however, the word ‘football’ does not mean ‘American football’.
Football is the term used for many common games under the umbrella, while soccer is just one among them. 2. In different football games, the players can use the hands, feet, or whole body to move the ball, while in soccer only the feet can be used.
Apart from the U.S., the term “soccer” is also widely used in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, and Papua New Guinea. One main reason is that different types of football games have already dominated in those countries, and the only way to avoid confusion is to call Association Football as “soccer.”.
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