After these two sports spread across the Atlantic, Americans invented their own variant of the game that they simply called “football” in the early 1900s. “Association football” became “soccer” in America, and what was called “gridiron” in Britain became simply “football” in America.Jun 12, 2014
Association football The general use of “football” in the United Kingdom tends to refer to the most popular code of football in the country, which in the cases of England and Scotland is Association football. However the term “soccer” is understood by most as an alternative name for association football.
And while American football is the most popular sport in America, football (aka soccer) is the world’s most popular sport. The FIFA World Cup, held every 4 years, is the world’s most popular sporting event with viewership numbers that exceed those of the Olympics.Jan 26, 2015
The difference between American and European football is simple by definition. Football is used mostly with the hands to control the ball, and the European football is what most people call Soccer. European football or soccer is a game played with a round ball (not diamond shaped like American football).