I'm researching the origin of soccer for a magazine article and I finally answered a question I've thought about for years. Why is European football called soccer in the United States?
The English played two types football: rugby football which allowed hand and foot play, nicknamed rugger and association football which prohibited hand play, named assoc. When soccer started gaining popularity in the US during the 1960's, gridiron football (National Football League) was already in existence. Therefore, the US adopted the English nickname, assoc, which eventually turned into soccer because it's easier to pronounce.
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