justin case wrote: but I have been told it is only called soccer in the U.S. Is that correct ....
Actually also called soccer in Canada 'cos the term "football" was already taken by ... well FOOTBALL !
Now the terms football / footie / soccer are kind of interchangeable depending upon, with whom you chat to up here.
My first and only soccer coach (age 8 until 16) was an immigrant UK fellow and we always called it soccer ... BUTT our organization which he personally founded and nurtured for many years ... was known as a local "United Football Club."
Any time a Euro pro team was in town he would organize a trip for our team and we saw many notables of the day : Real Madrid, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sussex Rangers, Man U, Santos.......Yes actually got to see Pele once ! We also attended many local pro league games between local Euro talent .. divided upon ethnic and national lines ... e.g. Italian, Spanish, Croatian, Brazilian, Argentinian ... and sports organizations e.g. firefighters, police. There was a very rich and diverse soccer community here in Vancouver long before the 86'ers and Whitecaps made it a truly professional sport in town.
Yes, I am going waaaayyyy back ... BTDT !