It’s Called Football Because It Was Played ON FOOT as Opposed to Nobles’ Ball Sports Played on Horseback
There's nothing wrong with calling it soccer
Totally off-topic here but something that needs to be said. There’s nothing wrong whatsoever in calling it ‘soccer’ which is just short for “association football” which is what it was called early on to distinguish it from all the other footballs, which are just as much football, and just as legitimately so, as they’re clearly played ON FOOT and not on horseback.
It is actually the people who insist that is incomprehensible American football is called football when the ball isn’t kicked with the foot who are being silly. Ball sport used to be for the leisure class, the aristocracy, and used to be played from horseback. Then commoners started chasing a ball around as well but did it unceremoniously on their own two feet, which had been way too “undignified” for the image-conscious aristocracy.
Rugby football, American football, association football, Australian-rules football…it’s all football.
Sorry for the rant, now back to our usual coverage. (I want AE readers to be smart and not falling for dummy stuff.)