- (general) A sport played on foot in which teams attempt to get a ball into a goal or zone defended by the other team.
- Roman and medieval football matches were more violent than any modern type of football.
- (Britain, uncountable) Association football: a game in which two teams each contend to get a round ball into the other team's goal primarily by kicking the ball. Known as soccer in Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.
- Each team scored three goals when they played football.
- (US, uncountable) American football: a game in which two teams attempt to get an ovoid ball to the end of each other's territory.
- Each team scored two touchdowns when they played football.
- (Canada, uncountable) Canadian football: a game played on a wide field in which two teams attempt to get an ovoid ball to the end of each other's territory.
- They played football in the snow.
- (Australia, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory, uncountable) Australian rules football.
- (Ireland, uncountable) Gaelic football: a field game played with similar rules to hurling, but using hands and feet rather than a stick, and a ball, similar to, yet smaller than a soccer ball.
- (Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, uncountable) rugby league.
- (Australia, Ireland, New Zealand) rugby union
- (countable) The ball used in any game called "football".
- The player kicked the football.
- (uncountable) Practise of these particular games, or techniques used in them.
- (figuratively, countable) An item of discussion, particularly in a back-and-forth manner
- That budget item became a political football.
- (slang, US, countable) The leather briefcase containing classified nuclear war plans, which is always near the US President.
- ("football" in Britain):
- ("football" in the US): (British, Canadian) American football, (Australia, NZ) gridiron, gridiron football
- ("football" in Canada): (outside Canada) Canadian football
- ("football" in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia): footy, Aussie rules, VFL (outdated), AFL
- ("football" in New South Wales and Queensland): footy, league
- ("football (association football)" in Australia): soccer
Terms derived from "football"
US game — see American football
Canadian game — see Canadian football
game in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia
game in New South Wales, Queensland
practise of any of these games
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- Category:en:Football (soccer) for a list of terms used in football/soccer.
- Football on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- Football (word) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia:Football (word) Details of the word football in various parts of the world.
- American football on Wikipedia.Wikipedia:American football
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- (soccer): foot (colloquial)
- (soccer): soccer (Quebec)
- (American football): football américain
- (Canadian football): football canadien
- “football” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).