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British English; Colloquial abbreviation for association football, via abbreviation assoc. + -er (slang suffix); earlier socker (1885), also socca (1889), with soccer attested 1888.

Compare contemporary rugger, from Rugby, and note vulgar connotations of analogous *asser if abbreviating on first syllable. Similarly constructed coinages from the same period include: brekker (breakfast), fresher (freshman) and footer (football). See Oxford -er.