American football (a term recorded in the 1870s) is based on rugby and had already taken off by the time association football became popular in the US. For whatever reason, the name soccer stuck for association football and football for the gridiron sport.
The governing body of the sport in the U.S. did not have the word soccer in its name until 1945 when it became the United States Soccer Football Association. It did not drop the word football from its name until 1974, when it became the United States Soccer Federation, often going simply as U.S. Soccer.
It's confusing that some countries call this sport "football" while Americans and a few other countries say "soccer," but apparently the British are mostly to blame. Football is one of 10 other ...
The United States Football Association, which had formed in the 1910s as the official organizing body of American soccer, changed its name to the United States Soccer Football Association in 1945, and it later dispensed with the “Football” altogether. No longer just a nickname, soccer had stuck.
Nevertheless, throughout the 20th century, a culture developed in which association football was increasingly known simply as 'soccer' and American football as 'football'.
Americans love action. They enjoy big hits and aggressive physical plays. American football was designed with physical aggressiveness in mind ‒ the rules even encourage hits that can seriously injure players. Soccer, on the other hand, is slower and less action-packed.
Soccer is the term used in America, Canada, Australia to refer to the most popular global sport ...
The reason why “soccer” is called “soccer” in North America (instead of “football”) takes us back to England in the 1800s. The exact year was 1863. A new sporting governing body, The Football Association (FA), was formed to codify the rules of a particular form of football.
The answer is technically neither. The correct name for the game is “association Football” The term “soccer” is a nickname taken from the asSOCiation part of the name (a bit like someone called Michael is called Mike by some) and the football bit is obvious where that comes from.