Definition of football noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



; ˈfʊtbɔːl
1 [uncountable] (also formal Association football) (both British English) (also soccer North American English, British English) (also British English informal footy, footie) a game played by two teams of 11 players, using a round ball which players kick up and down the playing field. Teams try to kick the ball into the other team's goalto play footballa football match/team/stadium see also Gaelic football2 [uncountable] (North American English) = American football, Canadian football3 [countable] a large round or oval ball made of leather or plastic and filled with air4 [countable] (always used with an adjective) an issue or a problem that frequently causes argument and disagreementHealth care should not become a political football.