OK, let's cover the basics first: There is a team-sport that is popular all over the globe. That sport is called "football". Except USA where it's called "soccer". There is a team-sport in USA that somewhat resembles rugby and is called "football". In other places around the globe, that sport is called "American football". Now, to the question: Why is that latter sport called "football" at all? I mean, the ball is rarely touched with the feet, it's mostly carried in the hands. Also, the ball is not really a ball at all. But, on the other hand, in soccer the ball is really a ball, and it's 90% of the time operated with the feet. Calling american football "football" is more or less the same as calling soccer "handball" Also, where does the word "soccer" come from?