0Goodhart 7 years ago ReplyUpvoteOn the touchy word, soccer, we find an interesting origin, which is not the USA. We only adopted the name ;-) In 1848, students at Cambridge University met with students from other area schools on the campus of Trinity College, Cambridge, to form a code of rules to govern the sport. Over the course of a day, this group created what would later be considered the first set of modern soccer rules. These rules included throw-ins, goal kicks and the precursor to the off sides' rule and penalizing teams for goal tending. The Cambridge Rules led to the establishment of other groups forming their own sets of rules. The efforts of these various groups led to the formation of the Football Association (FA), which governs the sport and still exists today. Soccer Appears Not long after this time, the word "soccer" first began to appear. Students at Oxford University were in the habit of abbreviating names and adding an "-er" ending to them. Rugby became "ruggers." Association football became "soccer." The new word was attributed to Charles Wreford-Brown, who later went on to become an important official in the FA.