We at ONKRON have closely followed the US men's national soccer team's games at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. The squad's fantastic win against Iran and draws with England and Wales have left us euphoric and optimistic about a possible win in the round of 16 against the Netherlands.
However, the Dutch prevailed, eliminating Tyler Adams' team from the tournament. Our boys have put up a heck of a fight – it was an absolute pleasure to watch them play! Go Team USA!
This World Cup was just the beginning of a new chapter for #USMNT. The national soccer team's performance inspired a new generation of kids hoping to play in the World Cup one day. All eyes are on 2026.
Why is it called 'soccer,' not football?
Various sources point to the fact that the word "soccer" is a British invention that British people stopped using only around 40 years ago.
The word "soccer" comes from the use of the term "association football" in Britain, and goes back 200 years.
In the early 1800s, a bunch of British universities took "football" — a medieval game — and started playing their own versions of it, all under different rules. To standardize things across the country, these games were categorized under different organizations with different names.
One variant of the game you played with your hands became "rugby football." Another variant came to be known as "association football" after the Football Association formed to promote the game in 1863, 15 years after the rules were made at Cambridge.
"Rugby football" became "rugger" for short, then "rugby". "Association football" became "soccer." So, no, it's not wrong to call it "soccer" if you're American.
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