Growth and popularity of American football in the sports world

Just about the most popular sports in America and Canada is American football. This contact team sport is really a combination of physical play along with strategic motion together 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 some team member. The team which scores the most points in 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 variations in the forms such as in the team size, playing area, number of downs, time rules etc. The differences are not major and each may be adapted into another with a few degree of tuning.

There are two major types of American football played in the United States, namely, collegiate football and professional football. With the growth and the increasing popularity a number of football leagues were born in the country. The two most powerful and prestigious leagues that are around in the country presently include 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 known as 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 game was exported to America. The first American football game to get played in the United States 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 with 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 those teams that play American football at a professional level. These professional teams are a part of the two leagues in the Unites States called the NFL and the UFL. The NFL enjoys the status of being the largest professional football league on the globe. Formed with eleven teams this league has grown in strength and now includes thirty two teams. The league is further split up into the American Football Conference and 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 truly is the most significant games amongst the Americans.