Why do Americans call it 'soccer'?

Jun 23, 2014

Is this a soccer ball or a football?
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Football is played with your hands, soccer is played with your feet. Here in the U.S., that’s something that has been ingrained in our culture regardless of any international criticism of its absurdity. However, a recent study reveals that the word "soccer" isn’t American at all. It’s actually British. 

The report's author is Stefan Szymanski, professor of sport management at the University of Michigan. He joins us to talk about about the origins of the word 'soccer.'