It was coined by abbreviating the
phrase Association Football; what game name is
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According to www.wordorigins.org (and backed up by the COD): "the word
soccer is an abbreviation for
Association Football. The Football Association
was formed in London in October 1863 .... The name Association Football was
coined to distinguish it from Rugby. By 1889, the abbreviation
socca was in use, and the spelling
soccer had made its appearance by 1895."
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