How To Say “Soccer” In Different Languages

16 May 2024
By Sarah Angela Almaden
Japanese House
Unsplash: VietNam Beautiful

They say that there are 12 of those black patches or panels on a soccer ball. Now, I would agree if I did know how many of those are on a soccer ball. But I don’t know how many of those are on a soccer ball. I just know that a soccer ball is not entirely covered in black patches. That how a soccer ball looks reminds me of how a Dalmatian looks – something white covered in spots. And then you kick it with your foot, you kick the ball with enough force to score a goal. Boom. That’s sort of how you play soccer or football, but not American football with that oblong-ish ball. Oh, and you don’t kick Dalmatians or any dogs for that matter. Please don’t.

Soccer or football is one of the most popular sports on the planet. Or maybe it is the most popular sport on the planet. I guess the title of the most popular sport would vary depending on who you ask. But let’s face it, soccer or football is surely up there. It is even known as “The Beautiful Game” and I think that’s because the game is played in this mesmerizing way that won’t make you look away. Seriously, the soccer players move around the pitch with such fluidity and grace, as if you are looking at a dance or something. Or maybe that’s just the way I view it. Anyway, even if you’re not into soccer (aka football) or any sports at all, you should at least watch one game to see what the fuss is about. Who knows you might enjoy it. And the next thing you know you’re already picking a team to root for. Ha.

  • English: soccer (sa-ker), football (foot-ball)
  • German: der Fußball (dehr foos-bahl)
  • Dutch: het voetbal (het voot-bahl)
  • Indonesian: sepak bola (se-pak bo-la)
  • Polish: piłka nożna (pee-oo-ka nozh-nah)
  • Greek: ποδόσφαιρο (po-dos-feh-roh)
  • Italian: il calcio (il cal-cho)
  • Spanish: el fútbol (el fut-bol)
  • Filipino: soccer (sah-ker), futbol (fut-bol)
  • French: le football (luh foot-bal), le foot (luh foot)
  • Ukrainian: футбол (fut-bol)
  • Finnish: jalkapallo (yahl-kah-pahl-loh)
  • Swedish: fotboll (fot-bohl)
  • Norwegian: fotball (fot-bal)
  • Turkish: futbol (foot-bal)
  • Russian: футбол (foot-bal)
  • Japanese: サッカー (sak-ka)
  • Mandarin Chinese: 足球 (zú qiú)
  • European Portuguese: o futebol (oh fut-bol)
  • Brazilian Portuguese: o futebol (oh foo-tche-bol)
  • Vietnamese: bóng đá (bong dah)
  • Esperanto: futbalo (foot-ba-loh)
  • Swahili: soka (soh-kah)
  • Korean: 축구 (chuk-goo)
  • Arabic: كرة القدم (kurat al-qadam)
  • Hindi: फुटबॉल (foot-bawl)