Translation issue - soccer has become football

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Recently I received letters from 2 different children in Guatemala. The letters both stated that they like to play football, although I have been writing these children for several years, and I learned that what they call "futbol" means soccer. In the past, my letters have correctly translated "futbol" as soccer. Is this something that needs to be fixed in the new system?
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I wouldn't make too much of it, Beth. Both are used. When Guatemalan kids talk about football, they refer to it as American football. For soccer, two different words, but both mean the same, unless the adverb American, is used.
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Beth, thanks for the feedback! We appreciate you taking the time to share this with us. You may be aware that the US is one of the only places where we have a different word for this sport. We call it Soccer while the rest of the world calls it futbol or football. We have our own version of football that is quite different and many people call it American Football for that reason. That said, both words are used throughout the world. It may actually cause more confusion if we were to insist on one thing or another in all contexts. We do not feel this needs to be changed in our translation system. 

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