Meaning of FOOTBALL in English

/ ˈfʊtbɔːl; NAmE / noun


[ U ] (also formal Asˌsociation ˈFootball ) (both BrE ) (also soc·cer NAmE , BrE ) (also BrE informal footy , footie ) a game played by two teams of 11 players, using a round ball which players kick up and down the playing field (= the pitch ). Teams try to kick the ball into the other team's goal :

to play football

a football match / team / stadium

—see also Gaelic football


[ U ] ( NAmE ) = American football , Canadian football


[ C ] a large round or oval ball made of leather or plastic and filled with air


[ C ] (always used with an adjective) an issue or a problem that frequently causes argument and disagreement :

Health care should not become a political football.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.