As is the case in the United States and Canada, association football is most commonly referred to in Australia as soccer. Historically, the sport has been referred to as British association rules and British football. Rugby league can be referred to as league, footy, football, league football or rugby.
Many in Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland call association football soccer, likely as a way to distinguish it from Australian rules football and Gaelic football, which are commonly referred to just as football in those places—just as Americans call American football simply football.
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.Jun 12, 2014