Definition of “football” - English Dictionary

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“football” in British English

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uk /ˈfʊt.bɔːl/ us /ˈfʊt.bɑːl/

A1 [ U ] UK also mainly US soccer 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:

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 oval ball is moved along the field by running with it or throwing it:

a football game

A1 [ C ] a large ball 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)

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footballnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈfʊtˌbɔl/

(the oval ball used in) a game played by two teams in which each team tries to kick, run with, or throw the ball across the opposing team’s goal line to score points. 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)