The Global Round-Ball Game: Why Americans Call Soccer “Soccer”


It’s the most popular sport around the world, loved from Brazil to China, but one persistent language question rears its ugly head again and again: what is the proper English word for that “global round-ball game”? Is it “football” or “soccer”?

The Atlantic reports that according to sports economist Stefan Syzmanski of the University of Michigan, the term “soccer” is not an American invention. Rather, it has its origin in England and was imported to the US. (more…)