Originally Posted by raju
I think it bugs people because its always been called football and then the Americans invent a new game which they call football and they start calling football soccer.
It is a bit insulting to the rest of the world. Its like calling Paris Madrid.
American/gridiron football originated in the late 1800s as an offshoot of rugby football. It isn't that much younger than rugby or association football.
Australia and Ireland also have their own versions of football as well.
And Americans weren't the first people to call association football "soccer"; it was known as "soccer" very early on in order to distinguish it from rugby football. Seems to me that "soccer" is the most neutral term for the sport in an international context.
I certainly wouldn't be bent out of shape if people in Europe insisted on calling American football "gridiron"; it's just unlikely to happen because nobody outside of North America cares about it or ever has a reason to refer to it.