Although there are hundreds of other popular sports around the world, football (soccer) is hands down the most popular. Before we get into the why though, lets talk about the elephant in the room. Is it football? Is it soccer? The United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and several countries in southern Africa all call it soccer. The rest of the world either calls it some variation of “football” or another word altogether. Italy actually calls it calcio. So why does everyone blame the US for the word soccer? Well, the truth is that the British came up with the word soccer. Back in the day rugger (Association Rugby) and soccer (Association Soccer) were two popular sports in England. Many British colonies adopted the word soccer and the name stuck. The British ended up moving away from soccer towards the more European variation of “football” because they saw “soccer” as being American. At any rate, the deed is done and people will call it what they like but football/soccer is still the most popular sport on the planet. No matter what country you live in, chances are you have friends that play. These are 25 reasons that football is the most popular sport in history!
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