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"football" in British English

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uk   /ˈfʊt.bɔːl/  us   /-bɑːl/
A1 [U] UK (also mainly US soccer) a ​gameplayed between two ​teams of eleven ​people, where each ​teamtries to ​win by ​kicking a ​ball into the other team's ​goal: a football ​player/​team He's ​playing football. Are you coming to the football match? I'm not a ​big football ​fan. [U] US (UK American football) a ​game for two ​teams of eleven ​players in which an ​ovalball is ​moved along the ​field by ​running with it or ​throwing it: a football ​gameA1 [C] a ​largeball made of ​leather or ​plastic and ​filled with ​air, used in ​games of football
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(Definition of football from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"football" in American English

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footballnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈfʊtˌbɔl/
(the ​ovalball used in) a ​gameplayed by two ​teams in which each ​teamtries to ​kick, ​run with, or ​throw the ​ballacross the ​opposing team’s ​goalline to ​scorepoints. American and ​Canadian football ​differ in the ​number of ​players, the ​size of the ​field, and some ​rules of ​play: [C] Mom ​bought me a football. [U] Let’s ​play football after ​lunch. Football also ​means soccer in most of the ​world.
(Definition of football from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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