One of the most popular sports in the United States and Canada is American football. This contact team sport is a blend of physical play in conjunction with strategic motion with the ultimate aim of scoring points by furthering the ball into the opponents goal line or reaching their end zone by either carrying the ball and running with it or passing it to some team member. The team which scores the maximum points within the stipulated time is declared the winner.
American football does have its origins in rugby football but has adapted itself with some changes into the American and Canadian system. Though Canadian football and American football are predominantly quite similar there are a few differences in the forms like in the team size, playing area, number of downs, time rules etc. The differences are certainly not major and each may be adapted into another with a few amount of tuning.
There are two major forms of American football played in the USA, namely, collegiate football and professional football. With the growth as well as the increasing popularity a number of football leagues were born in the nation. The two most powerful and prestigious leagues that are in existence in the United States presently are the National Football League as well as the United Football League.
American football games that see the participation of student athletes through the various colleges, military academies and universities across the nation is called collegiate or college football. It was through college football the American football got into the news and became as big a sports activity as it’s today. Though football or rugby was played mostly in schools in England, the game was exported to America. The 1st American football game to be played in America was in 1874 between Harvard University and McGill University, Montreal. The 1st collegiate football competition occured the following year in 1875 in the match played between Tufts University and Harvard.
Modern day college football is in the sports news with the first kick off in the football season on the first Labor Day weekend a week prior to the NFL games and continues until the beginning of December. The penultimate weekend in the college football season sees the majority of the rivalry matches and conference games being played.
The professional football players are those teams that play American football at a professional level. These professional teams really are a part of the two leagues within the Unites States known as the NFL and the UFL. The NFL enjoys the status for being the biggest professional football league in the world. Formed with eleven teams this league has grown in strength and now consists of thirty two teams. The league is further divided into the American Football Conference plus the National Football conference and the conferences contain four divisions made up of four teams each respectively.
The NFL season especially the Super Bowl, which is the final championship game is followed by sports enthusiasts and news providers equally as it is the most significant games among the Americans.