Just about the most popular sports in America and Canada is American football. This contact team sport is a blend of physical play along with strategic motion with the ultimate aim of scoring points by furthering the ball in the opponents goal line or reaching their end zone by either carrying the ball and running with it or passing it to a team member. The team which scores the maximum points within the stipulated time is declared the winner.
American football has 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 some variations in the forms such as 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 some amount of tuning.
There are two major forms of American football played in the United States, namely, collegiate football and professional football. With the growth as well as the ever increasing popularity quite a few football leagues were born in the nation. Two of the most powerful and prestigious leagues that are in existence in the United States presently include the National Football League as well as the United Football League.
American football games that see the participation of student athletes from the various colleges, military academies and universities across the country is called collegiate or college football. It was through college football the American football came into the news and became as big a sport as it is today. Though football or rugby was played mostly in schools in England, the sport 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 next year in 1875 in a match played between Tufts University and Harvard.
Present day college football is in the sports news from the first kick off during 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 most of the rivalry matches and conference games being played.
The professional football players are teams that play American football at a professional level. These professional teams are a part of the two leagues in the U . S called the NFL and the UFL. The NFL enjoys the status of being the biggest professional football league on the globe. Formed with eleven teams this league has grown in strength and today includes 32 teams. The league is further divided into the American Football Conference and 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 truly is the most significant games amongst the Americans.