Can "soccer" refer to the ball itself?

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

  1. EdisonBhola Senior Member

    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

    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

    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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