Can "soccer" refer to the ball itself?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by EdisonBhola, Jul 7, 2017.

  1. EdisonBhola Senior Member

    Korean
    Hi all, I know "soccer" refers to the game of football in America, but what do Americans (and British people) call the ball itself? Can I say:

    There are five soccers in the closet. (?)

    Many thanks. :)
     
  2. JulianStuart

    JulianStuart Senior Member

    Sonoma County CA
    English (UK then US)
    No. It's a socccer(-)ball (AE) or a football (BE).
     
  3. EdisonBhola Senior Member

    Korean
    So we should say:

    There are five footballs/soccer balls in the closet. (?)

    :)
     
  4. SwissPete

    SwissPete Senior Member

    94044 USA
    Français (CH), AE (California)
  5. EdisonBhola Senior Member

    Korean
    Thank you so much.
     
  6. sound shift

    sound shift Senior Member

    Derby (central England)
    English - England
    If it's clear that the context is football (BrE) / soccer (AmE) you can just say that there are five balls in the cupboard (BrE) / closet (AmE).
     

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