Posted December 23, 2013

Map: Who Calls the Beautiful Game “Football,” and Who Calls it “Soccer”?

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As is self-evident, the map above shows what people across the globe call the sport that we ignorant North Americans know as “soccer.” Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and a couple other nations join the U.S. in our refusal to conform to the norms of the rest of the world; collectively, we outnumber the other etymologies, which is nice. “Calcio”? SMH, Italy.

[Reddit via Washington Post]

8 comments
RomarioDelLago
RomarioDelLago

How is Reddit some sort of news source, now?  Seriously?  That bastion of internally focused nerd circle-jerking is somehow worthy of any attention?  I think not.

DavinLassiter
DavinLassiter

When most people call it "football," and those same people constantly gripe about us calling it "soccer," it's a refusal to conform. The history of the word's irrelevant.

ToddHedley
ToddHedley

Why is the author shaking his head at Italy. "Calcio" is Italian for "kick", quite possibly the coolest name for the game.

jamesfine
jamesfine

Unfortunately this person who refers to North Americans as "ignorant" and our "refusal to conform to the norms of the rest of the world" really has no understanding of the history of soccer in the United States. As a huge American soccer fan, I am a bit annoyed that a journalist who's job is to report on soccer would be so ignorant him/herself to call it a "refusal to conform". I won't go into the history of the word "soccer"...but it certainly has a history and none of it relates to "ignorance". Please read a book and become educated before trying to make a career in something you obviously have little understanding of.

RigoArmienta
RigoArmienta

@DavinLassiterIt means absolutely zilch what we call it here in the US. It really doesn't mean jack. It's a word. We know what it means. We know soccer is football in other countries. People who complain about the US calling it soccer really have nothing better to complain about.

SuperWhiteBoy
SuperWhiteBoy

I did a semester in Newcastle England. Some people got so offended when I called it soccer. The term "Soccer" is actually an English term meaning association football. So that they got

offended at the term it is laughable to me.

The main point should be that the US, and other non-traditional soccer nations, are actually embracing the game and that should make people happy. But, call it the wrong "name" and this is unforgivable. This for a game that started as " Kick the Dane's head". They may just be getting worried that some of these "inferior" soccer nations are catching up.

Who cares what it's called. It should just be celebrated that so much of the world enjoys and celebrates " The World's Game".