Soccer, we all know, is called “football” by everyone in the world except Americans! We’re such a clueless people. Why, we can’t even call a sport by its correct name, because we’re only interested in the weak-sauce known as American football!
This would all be true, if it were. But it isn’t. Check this map.
That map shows us what soccer is called around the world. As you can see, we’re far from alone in calling it “soccer” or some variation thereof. It also turns out that the word has a decent pedigree, coming from the term “Association Football”. Association = soccer, more or less.
So call it soccer, if you like. Just resign yourself to the fact that America will probably never take home a World Cup victory. Still, we did beat Ghana in round one, and I like our odds against Portugal, so perhaps anything is possible?