It is generally accepted that the word "soccer" developed from the original reference to the sport as "association football" in the Laws of the Game developed in 1863. The term "association football" was adopted in order to distinguish itself from other sports such as "union football" (i.e. rugby). By abbreviation, eventually "association" became "soccer", as the word is known today.
Where did the term "soccer" come from?
27 Mar 2003