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Soccer, also known as football, was a Human sport originating on Earth in England in which two teams of 11 players tried to drive a ball into the others net by using any body part except the arms or hands. The only player who was allowed to touch or move the ball with their arms or hands was the goalkeeper, who protected the net. He or she could only do so within the confines of their own team's penalty area.

Lee, a 21st century Sanctuary District official, preferred soccer to baseball and tennis. (DS9: "Past Tense, Part II")

In 2152, the English football team qualified for the World Cup championships. Jonathan Archer shared this information with Malcolm Reed in an attempt to start a conversation with him. Reed, however, did not follow the sport. (ENT: "Minefield")

2152 does not correspond to a World Cup year, which occurs every four years, although it may be that the team qualified early, as is sometimes the case. It is also possible that one or more conflicts, such as the Third World War/Eugenics Wars, caused the World Cup years to be rescheduled.

In 2332, eight-year old Beverly Crusher had her first crush on a eleven-year old soccer player named Stefan, which led to her having fantasies about having children, a career, and a happy life. (TNG: "The Host")

In 2353, when Worf was thirteen, he was captain of his school soccer team at Gault colony. The team made it to the championships that year. Near the end of the second half, with the score tied, Worf's team got a corner kick. Worf and one of his opponents, Mikel, both leaped up to head a high-flying ball. Worf successfully made the goal, however, their heads collided in the process. Mikel's neck was broken and he died the following day. This incident scarred Worf for the rest of his life, showing him that in order to live among Humans he would always have to restrain his emotions and Klingon personality. (DS9: "Let He Who Is Without Sin...")

One of the most popular soccer players of the mid-24th century was Golanga, until he had to have his knee replaced by a bio-implant in 2366. In response to a question from Vinod about soccer scores for 2370, Benjamin Sisko noted that "he wasn't the same after that." . (DS9: "Paradise")

Sam Lavelle kept a soccer ball in his quarters aboard the Enterprise-D in 2370. (TNG: "Lower Decks")

Globally, the sport is more commonly referred to as football, but in many countries that have their own national football game, the term soccer is used. Star Trek was created and produced in the United States, so Memory Alpha uses the word soccer. See here for more information on the difference in the names.

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