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 along with it or passing it to some team member. The team which scores the maximum points in the stipulated time is declared the winner.
American football does have its origins in rugby football but has adapted itself with a few changes into the American and Canadian system. Though Canadian football and American football are predominantly quite similar there are some variations in the forms like in the team size, playing area, number of downs, time rules etc. The differences are certainly not major and each can be adapted into another with a few amount of tuning.
There are two major types of American football played in the United States, namely, collegiate football and professional football. Together with the growth and the increasing popularity a number of football leagues were born in the country. Two of the most powerful and prestigious leagues that are around in the United States presently are the National Football League and the United Football League.
American football games that see the participation of student athletes through the various colleges, military academies and universities across the country is known as collegiate or college football. It had been through college football the American football came 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 sport was exported to America. The first American football game to be played in America was in 1874 between Harvard University and McGill University, Montreal. The first collegiate football competition was held the following year in 1875 in the match played between Tufts University and Harvard.
Modern day college football is in the sports news from the first kick off in the football season on the first Labor Day weekend a week prior to the NFL games and continues till 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 are a part of the two leagues within the U . S 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 now grown in strength and today consists of 32 teams. The league is further split up into the American Football Conference plus the National Football conference and these conferences contain four divisions consisting 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 one of the biggest games among the Americans.