n. 1 (context American football English) One who plays American football. 2 (context soccer English) One who plays soccer, that is, football. 3 A large intimidating male.
n. an athlete who plays American football [syn: footballer]
A football player, footballer, or soccer player is a sportsperson who plays one of the different types of football. The main types of football are association football, American football, Canadian football, Australian rules football, Gaelic football, rugby league, and rugby union.
It has been estimated that there are 250 million association football players in the world, and many play the other forms of football.