How Do You Spell Soccer & Say Soccer In Spanish?

Soccer is a game played on a rectangular field with net goals at either end in which two teams of 11 players each try to drive a ball into the other's goal by kicking, heading, or using any part of the body except the arms and hands. The goalie is the only player who may touch or move the ball with the arms or hands.

Soccer is a sport played by teams of eleven people trying to get a ball into the other team's net by using any part of their body except arms or hands.

Players in this sport are only allowed to use their body to move the ball towards their opponent’s team goal post to score a goal. Players are allowed to use kicking, heading, or any other part of their body except their arms and hands in this sport. A goalkeeper is the only player in both teams who are allowed to touch the soccer ball with his arms or hands but only in a defined area on the rectangular field. A score can only be scored by the team if its player kicks the ball in the net goal post of the opponent’s team.

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    Although the name soccer came out of the UK, there it is predominantly called football, while elsewhere in a few English-speaking countries colonized by the British it is called soccer. You will find that soccer is still the main term for the game in countries in which there is another major sport called football e.g., USA, Canada, Australia.

    In countries in which there is more than one language spoken, there can be more than one name for the game. There is also a list of the name for Association Football in many languages. the sport is not just called either football or soccer. In some countries, the name of the sport may not be one or another, and for some countries and languages it is evolving, typically countries that have traditionally called it soccer are starting to more regularly call it football.

    The chief governing body is FIFA - Fédération Internationale de Football Association, though you don't hear people calling it Association football, usually it's soccer or football, and in non-English speaking countries, it is often some form of the word football, written phonetically e.g., futbol or a translation of the word football.

    Association Football, commonly called just football or soccer, is the most popular sport in the world.

    In other languages, you may find it referred to as full, bellflower, Calcio, Fussball, labdarugó, podosfairiki, and voetbal.


    Soccer is like a religion in many Spanish-speaking countries. Sometimes, it may seem that football is the only sport they practice such as the attention given to it in the Spanish-speaking media and topics of conversation.

    Fútbol is a direct Spanish translation of the English word football. It is an international team sport more commonly known in the United States and Canada as soccer.

    The word football has been in official use since at least the early 1400s. Various forms of the game had been played over the centuries when the English Football Association first codified its rules. The normal way to say it is fútbol although some places would call it futbol, and it is perfectly normal.

    From England, the sport spread to South America by way of European sailors making port in Argentina. The first football club was formed there in 1867. As the popularity of the sport spread throughout South America, so did the phonetic rendering of football into Spanish: fútbol.

    Today, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) plans international fútbol tournaments while the International Football Association Board (IFAB) sets official rules for the sport.

    Currently, the sport boasts hundreds of millions of players at various levels, and many more fans, around the world.

    While fútbol is a direct rendering of English football into Spanish, the two words have different meanings depending on where they are used.

    In Spanish-speaking countries, fútbol is the term for association football, while gridiron or American football is sometimes called fútbol americano.

    In the United States, football refers to gridiron or American football, while soccer is the term used for association football.

    Americans who use football or fútbol to mean soccer may come across as pretentious, especially if they grew up in the United States and are using the European or South American terms to portray themselves as truer fans of the game.


    The normal way to say it is fútbol although some places would call it futbol, and it is perfectly normal. There is a very weird world, used seldom, which is balompié which would be considered valid although would show that you know nothing about fútbol nor care for it. The Spanish-speaking world (in fact most of the World) cares deeply about fúbtol and is passionate, this is an important matter.

    It also depends on the Spanish-speaking country where you come from, but the most common name is fútbol which comes from the English word football.

    Another variant is balompié, which comes from “balón” (ball) and “pie” (foot). Notice that it is not balonpié, because as a general rule in Spanish, the letter “n” is not used before a “p” or a “b”. Instead, you replace it with an “m”.

    Fútbol is a direct Spanish translation of the English word football. It is an international team sport more commonly known in the United States and Canada as soccer.


    The other top 4 most prevalent translations and spellings in posts and comments about the sport:

    • Soccer
    • Football
    • Futebol
    • Futbol

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