why is it called football if it played with a soccer ball.?

in american it is called football..and it played with a football. in England, it is called football but it played with a soccer ball.. in america it is called soccer and is played with a soccer ball.

why the different names. ?

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    Noo, I'm English. We call it a foot ball a we kick a football . You know why? We kick a BALL with our FOOT. What's hard to understand, it's just americans over complicating things. Their sport American football, the whole sport is based around holding a ball, not kicking it, you kick it maybe 12 times in a game of American football, compared to the thousands of times a game a ball is kicked in football (soccer)

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  • 3 years ago

    England Soccer Ball

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  • 9 years ago

    -----YOU ARE ALL WRONG LOL-------Actually guys americans did NOT come up with the word soccer. soccer was invented in england and it was called Association football, to distinguish from other football like sports such as rugby football, as it was called at the time. When the clubs and schools started playing the game, it wwas a common convention to nickname things by adding -er and the end, so association football was shortened to assoccer (from association) and subsequently to soccer, or soccer football. So really both names are applicable, and both were invented by the English when the game was in its earliest phases. Sorry to the Europeans on here who bash America for coming up with a seemingly nonsensical name, you are mistaken.

    Source(s): Some basic research will confirm this if you dont believe me.
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  • 4 years ago

    Because when you play soccer you use long socks, not so in football where you have to always keep your foot on the ball.

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  • Gazza
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    9 years ago

    LMAO. The correct name of the sport is Association FOOTBALL not soccer. A football is round, a rugby ball is the shape of an egg. FIFA (Federation International Football Association) is the world governing body of the sport. It's not called FISA. You Americans really need to learn about the world around you. The ball that American Football is played with is a rugby ball.

    Believe it or not, the world really doesn't care about America.

    • Lost5 years agoReport

      Rugby league is played with a prolate spheroid shaped football which is inflated with air.[4] A referee will stop play immediately if the ball does not meet the requirements of size and shape.[4] Traditionally made of brown leather, modern footballs are synthetic

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  • 9 years ago

    look Americans didnt come up w/ everything, England invented what they call Football and we call it Soccer, so when they made football, they used a round ball, what they named it a FOOTBALL, and us Americans just called American football football for a reason i dont know why?

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  • 9 years ago

    Lady

    Option three, it is soccer in america because it is played with a football. :-)

    Soccerref

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  • 9 years ago

    Because you play soccer with your foot

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  • 9 years ago

    Ahahaha! That's funny. We Americans just decided to be smart asses and one up everyone else. (;

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  • 9 years ago

    because you kick the ball with your foot

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