Both Mean Football, What’s the Difference Between Football and Soccer?


Suara.com – The rise of football sporting events in the FIFA World Cup 2022 has become a topic of conversation among the international community. There is one term that sometimes makes a handful of people confused, what is the difference between the terms ‘football‘ and ‘soccer‘ in football?

In Indonesian, the game of foot ball is called football. According to the Big Indonesian Dictionary, football is a team game on the field, using soccer balls from two opposing groups, each consisting of eleven players, lasting 2 x 45 minutes, victory is determined by the difference in goals that go into the opponent’s goal.

In English, the game of football appears in two terms namely football and soccer. Apparently, these two terms have a specific meaning.

Football terms

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Dalam Oxford Dictionary, soccer has a translation, namely a game played by two teams consisting of eleven players with a round ball that cannot be touched with hands or arms during play except by the goalkeeper. The aim of the game is to score goals by kicking or heading the ball into the opponent’s goal.

Whereas in the Cambridge Dictionary, soccer is a game played between two teams of eleven people, where each team tries to win by kicking the ball into the goal of the other team.

The term soccer is mostly used by American accent English speakers. Americans also have the term football, but the use of the word is used for other sports by carrying the ball from the starting point onto the field. The difference is, if soccer players are strictly prohibited from using their hands, but football America is done by carrying the ball using the hands.

Term Football

Launching from the Oxford Dictionary, the term football meaning that the ball used in soccer, either oval (as in American football) or round (as in soccer), is usually made of leather or plastic and filled with compressed air.

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Whereas in the Cambridge Dictionary, it is a game played between two teams consisting of eleven people, where each team tries to win by kicking the ball into the opposing team’s goal.


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