Most people, myself included, probably weren’t aware of the fact that the term “soccer” is actually of British derivation. Originally the term was likely a shortened version of “Association Football” which was what the first organized sport that would eventually be known as soccer/football was called.

The Atlantic gives us a bit of back story:

The story begins, like many good stories do, in a pub. As early as the Middle Ages, Szymanski explains, the rough outlines of soccer—a game, a ball, feet—appear to have been present in England. But it wasn’t until the sport became popular among aristocratic boys at schools like Eton and Rugby in the nineteenth century that these young men tried to standardize play. On a Monday evening in October 1863, the leaders of a dozen clubs met at the Freemasons’ Tavern in London to establish “a definite code of rules for the regulation of the game.” They did just that, forming the Football Association. The most divisive issue was whether to permit “hacking,” or kicking an opponent in the leg (the answer, ultimately, was ‘no’).

But that wasn’t where the controversy ended. In 1871, another set of clubs met in London to codify a version of the game that involved more use of the hands—a variant most closely associated with the Rugby School.

“From this point onwards the two versions of football were distinguished by reference to their longer titles, Rugby Football and Association Football (named after the Football Association),” Szymanski writes. “The rugby football game was shortened to ‘rugger,'” while “the association football game was, plausibly, shortened to ‘soccer.'”

The only real reason to bring any of this up is to have an excuse to post this hilarious video.

Dead Parrot is a comedy channel on YouTube and one of the things they do is find hilarious YouTube conversations and re-enact them with classically trained actors.

In December 2013 YouTubers “Ivy Kenso” & “ShortShortDi” had a conversation on the video “Soccer Player Accidentally Slaps a Referee’s Boob”

Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.

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