When Did "Football" Become Soccer (USA) And Who Invented American Football?

June 28, 2009 10:34pm CST
I've always wondered why football isn't football all over the world, but soccer in the USA, while football in the USA is something totally different? Anyone know where the names originated, and when?
3 responses
• Australia
10 Oct 09
I wouldn't have the foggiest clue about this either...here in Australia, we call it soccer too...for us, football is rugby league, rugby union & Aussie rules.
@jwfarrimond (4474)
29 Jun 09
I'd like to know why the American game is called football when the ball is carried for the most part. At least there is some logic in calling a game football when the ball has to be kicked around the field and the rules specifically forbid the handling of the ball.
@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
29 Jun 09
I have no idea, but that word really confused me when I came to Canada. Football was football to me. I knew it was called that in England and it never occurred to me that it would have another name in here. After all, the language was English, right? So I kept referring to football, and meaning soccer, and people used to get confused by it because for them football was ... well what we call American football. It took me quite a while to get used to the idea that in here my favorite game was not called football but soccer. As for American footbal, I apologize if I offend someone, but I really don't like it. If I am to watch something like that I prefer to watch rugby.