Hockey (field hockey) and ice hockey also completely different.
Rugby League and Union fair enough - though I'm sure followers of either game wouldn't agree with me.
I though about putting chess, but then changed my mind, a cardinal sin in the world of JetPunk...
Foot for football?
Pickle for pickleball?
Could motor racing also be accepted for motorsport?
Now, whether Chess is or is not a sport is up for debate, but it is not illogical to disagree with the current dictionary definition, nor is it illogical to include something in a category we collectively made up.
Soccer is much more popular then I realized.
Over 90% of the worlds population call it football.
Fun Fact: The Australian SOCCER Association changed its name to FOOTBALL Federation Australia in 2005.
And if you want to talk about people changing names, the English were actually the ones who came up with the term soccer as a truncation of "association football." So if the most ardent defenders of the use of "football" actually created the term "soccer," who honestly cares what you call it.
What leads football is called FIFA (which is in French Fédération Internationale de Football Association aka in English: International Federation of Association Football)
In Europe it is UEFA (Union of European Football Associations)
In North America so where the US belongs it is CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football)
In Asia it is AFC (Asian Football Confederation) etc.
So yes every national federations agree to call it football.
End of the debate I guess...
1. Ironically, the term was created in England, yet Englishmen are usually the most adamant about using "football."
2. It's hypocritical to call soccer "the global game" yet complain about others using the term soccer. It's literally an example of the globalization of the sport.
3. Not every sport is aptly named. Tennis, volleyball, and badminton could be called "volleyball," but that's not the case. Badminton is named after the estate of a duke. Tennis comes from the French verb "tenir," meaning "to hold," a call the server would make to their opponent for them to get ready. Nobody cares for those two sports, and no rule states that a sport has to be named after what body parts are used.
4. The word football was already being used in other nations. Why would two sports be called football? That's confusing.
5. We get overdramatic people who feel the need to "correct" people who use the term soccer.
6. It's literally just a word.
7. There are no problems with miscommunication. Anyone who plays the sport knows what "soccer" means.
8. This is probably the most important reason. We're all fans of the same sport. Soccer, football, the global game, the beautiful game, who cares what the hell you call it. It's literally the same sport and we both enjoy it.
I'll never understand why it's become such a crime to use the word soccer. People just have to get over themselves. There are probably more reasons as well.
"One of the best-known differences between British and American English is the fact that the sport known as football in Great Britain is usually called soccer in the United States." - Britannica
"In the 1980s, however, Brits began rejecting [soccer], as soccer became a more popular sport in the United States." - The Atlantic.
Once again, I apologize. I should have said British instead of English. And I'll also rephrase to say, "a majority of the British people are adamant about the use of football." Then that point would be stronger. Even still, your comment and most of the other points point out the stupidity of the debate. Call it whatever the hell you want.
Have to grudgingly admit that the American way is more logical and probably more correct linguistically.
Edit: Also crazy that two sports that were invented in the US (yes, I know one of them was invented by a Canadian) are not the most popular in the US, but have caught on elsewhere.
I'd like to point out to a few on here, and I think someone18, that yes, hockey (that's field hockey, played in its current form since 1860s) is HUGE outside the Americas. We call it hockey because it started before ice hockey so no need to distinguish between the two.
Club hockey is particularly big in Europe, including the UK, and in India, Pakistan, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. It's played in South Korea, China and Japan, and probably other Asian countries.
Played at all levels up to Summer Olympics, by all ages and is one of very few sports that can be played in mixed sex teams.
Sadly the switch from grass to Astroturf pitches has meant that many less wealthy clubs have folded but it is still a very big sport.
And football, American football and Rugby are totally different games.
Also thanks for now accepting just Hockey for ice hockey because I don't think many of us Canadians would have gotten it otherwise
but ok that works