Transatlantic language issue!

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  1. lukecore profile image82
    lukecoreposted 7 years ago

    I have written one article referring to soccer and intend to do more. It is my natural inclination to refer to it as 'football' as that is what everyone calls it in my country, but I know that a large part of the English speaking world (i.e the USA) calls it 'soccer'.

    It an issue that has been long argued on various forums but from a traffic point of view what would be the best move?

    1. Mark Knowles profile image60
      Mark Knowlesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      If you want US traffic, call it "soccer." If you want British traffic call it "football." If you want both - use both.
      big_smile

      There are more Americans than English people by quite a large margin.

      1. lukecore profile image82
        lukecoreposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Indeed, about 4-1 on current population estimates!

    2. superwags profile image78
      superwagsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I don't think many Americans read hubs on football - they've invented their own, appallingly boring sports to play.

      Indians tend to refer to it as football too and there's 1.2 billion of them - the colonies should all just use football. Or else we'll invade again.

  2. Haunty profile image80
    Hauntyposted 7 years ago

    Just to argue a bit. Use football. Every Brit loves football, while only a few Americans are actual soccer fans.

  3. ngureco profile image82
    ngurecoposted 7 years ago

    Use the word 'football'. Britain colonized very many countries and in all those countries they left behind the word 'football'.

    1. recommend1 profile image69
      recommend1posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Absolutely right old chap !!!   make them damn ex-colonials play by the real rules and call football what it is and make those pansies in padding find a different name for their kiddy rugby !  big_smile

  4. lrohner profile image79
    lrohnerposted 7 years ago

    I would use football and then write a variation of the hub using soccer. Then prominently link the two. Use a link box to the right of the first text capsule. smile

    1. lukecore profile image82
      lukecoreposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Wouldn't there be an issue with duplicated content? From my noob understanding I'm led to believe that's very bad for your Hubscore.

      1. lrohner profile image79
        lrohnerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Rewrite the hub using different words and you'll be fine.

  5. profile image52
    SteveAstonposted 7 years ago

    As an english football fan, I'll fight tooth and nail for the correct term to be used instead if its Americanised "Soccer."  Football as all true believers know started in england in 1863 which is waaaaaay before that pansy ass overly padded variation on rugby started.  Hence football, thank you very much I'll be here all week, don't forget to tip your waitress.

    On a more serious note, although the word football is the way forward I'd put soccer in as a keyword because as previously mentioned there are quite a few americans who if they search for the topic at all will insist on calling it soccer.

    Philistines.......I ask you (tongue firmly in cheek.)

  6. lukecore profile image82
    lukecoreposted 7 years ago

    NB: At no point will I refer to the attacking players as an 'offense'. Just so we're clear.

    1. profile image52
      SteveAstonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Good, because that would just be "offensive" surely ;-)

      1. lukecore profile image82
        lukecoreposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Indeed sir!

 
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