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Americas game

History

The history of American football can be traced to the origins of rugby football. Football is considered the most popular sport in the United States of America. Nearly 1.1million high school athletes and 70,000 college athletes participate in the sport today.


  • 1869 Princeton and Rutgers play the first college football game
  • 1932 NFL holds first playoff game in between the Chicago Bears and the Portsmouth Spartans.
  • February 7th, 2016, the NFL celebrates in 50th Super Bowl Anniversary

Scoring 1883 vs Today

The objective of the game is to score more points than the opponent. Points are awarded for a variety of plays, but the point system has changed since 1883.

For example, a touchdown in 1883 was worth only 2 points compare to the 6 points a team is awarded in the modern day game. Once a touchdown is scored, a PAT Kick is attempted and it is now only worth 1 point as opposed to the 4 points teams were awarded in 1883.

Another way for a team to score point is by kicking a Field Goal through upright goal posts. In 1883, a team was awarded 5 points, however, in modern day times, a team is only awarded 3 points. Finally, a Safety is a way for a defense to score on a teams offense. In 1883, a Safety resulted in 1 point but now a Safety is worth 2 points.

Regardless of how a team can score points, the objective is still the same. Score more than the opponent!

Equipment

Unlike athletes in many other team sports, football players are required to wear safety equipment due to the violent nature of the game. The idea of the game is to stop the opponent from scoring and in order to stop the opponent from scoring, the defender is allowed to use physical force to tackle and impede the progress of the opponent.

The necessary equipment for handling such brute force is a helmet, shoulder pads, leg padding and proper shoes (cleats).

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Playing field

The playing field for the game of football is played on a rectangular field that is measured in yards. The length of the field is 120 yards and the width is 53.3 yards. One team has the ball and can have eleven members on its offense. This group has the ability to progress the length of the field for a touchdown or field. The opponent also has eleven members on the field and their objective is to stop the offense in 4 plays without letting the score. The defense can get the ball if the opponents offense does not score and then that team can go on offense.
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NFL Teams

Football is played by young men and even women from the age of 5. There are millions of football players that compete across the United States at various levels. The best football players can get paid a tremendous amount of money and become very famous for honing their skills. These elite football players are drafter after college at the age of 20 or older and can play for one of thirty two NFL teams. NFL (National Football League) has been a growing business for 50 years.
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