What is the origin of the word soccer? I know that this is a touchy term to use, especially for the purists of the game, but you may be surprised to discover that it was actually the original term for the world game. That’s right. The origin of the word soccer predated the singular word of football, and by quite a few years too.
How many football fans around the world become infuriated when Americans and others call football soccer? It’s almost as if they are speaking another language, and degrading the game by incorrectly pronouncing football. If you are one of those, and you are peeved at the title we have used, prepare for a huge shock. The first recorded use of the word soccer actually predated the first recorded use of the word football by 18 years.