Meaning of “soccer” in the English Dictionary

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"soccer" in British English

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soccernoun [ U ]

uk /ˈsɒk.ər/ us /ˈsɑː.kɚ/ mainly US UK usually football

A2 a game played between two teams of eleven people, where each team tries to win by kicking a ball into the other team's goal


  • The fierce tribal loyalty among soccer supporters leads to violence between opposing fans.
  • The soccer fans indulged their patriotism, waving flags and singing songs.
  • The footballer Paul Gascoigne is to host a Channel 4 television series on soccer skills
  • I've never been much of a soccer fan.
  • Did you play soccer at school?

Examples from literature

  • It was bigger than two soccer fields. 
  • Soccer, basketball, tennis, and other sports now attract more spectators. 
  • There has also been a Robo-One soccer match. 

(Definition of “soccer” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"soccer" in American English

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soccernoun [ U ]

us /ˈsɑk·ər/

a game in which two teams of eleven players try to send a ball into the goal of the opposing side without using their arms or hands

(Definition of “soccer” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)