The Canadian Major Football League is the governing body for the semi-professional game.
The game gradually gained a following, and the Montreal Football Club was formed in 1868, the first recorded football club in Canada.
The International Rugby Football Board (IRFB) was founded in 1886, but rifts were already beginning to emerge in the code.
Replacing baseball as the great American pastime, American football has become the most popular team support at the high school, college, and professional levels.
A more detailed description of football is given in Francis Willughby's Book of Games, written in about 1660.
Australian rules is sometimes said to be the first form of football to be codified.
Critics explain that college football remains the only college or professional sport in which the champion is not chosen by playoffs.
Two early non-university clubs are strongholds of rugby football: the Barnes Club, and Guy's Hospital Football Club.
In 1855, the U.S. inventor Charles Goodyear—who had patented vulcanized rubber—exhibited a spherical football, with an exterior of vulcanized rubber panels, at the Paris Exhibition Universelle.
In 1610, William Strachey of Virginia's Jamestown settlement recorded a football game played by Native Americans, called Pahsaheman.
The English word "football" is also applied to American football, Australian rules football, Canadian football, Gaelic football, rugby football (rugby league, and rugby union) and related games.
The varying forms of football have several aspects in common.
Amateur football is governed by Football Canada, while at the university level, 27 teams play in four conferences under the auspices of Canadian Interuniversity Sport.
The club shared many members with the Melbourne Cricket Club, which used cricket ovals which are much larger than other football fields and became the standard field for Australian rules.
In 1314, Nicholas de Farndone, Lord Mayor of London issued a decree on behalf of King Edward II banning football.
Australian Football Commission statistics show a 42-percent increase in the total number of participants over the four-year period between 2001-2005.
Over the years, various attempts were made to systematize the rules of football, resulting in the several "codes" which exist today.
An eight-hour meeting produced what amounted to the first set of modern football laws, known as the Cambridge rules.
Over the years, Canadian football absorbed some developments in American football, but also retained many unique characteristics.
On May 17, 1859 members of the club drew up the first set of laws for Australian rules football.
The most popular of these worldwide is association football (also known as soccer).
The prime example of this differentiation was the lack of an offside rule, an attribute which, for many years, was shared only by other Irish games like hurling, and by Australian rules football.
The English Football Association had chaired many discussions on setting up an international body, but was perceived as making no progress.
The Middle Ages saw a huge rise in popularity of annual "mob football" matches throughout Europe, particularly in England.
A total of 539,526 registered participants played football in Australia in 2005.
In 1876, at the Massasoit Convention, it was agreed by these universities to adopt most of the Rugby Football Union rules.
One of these was that Canadian football, for many years, did not officially distinguish itself from rugby.
Football-like games predate recorded history in all parts of the world, and thus the earliest forms of football are not known.
Aussie Rules also has a growing international audience, with 7.5 million North Americans watching Australian Rules Football at least occasionally on television.
Richard Mulcaster, a student at Eton College in the early sixteenth century and later headmaster at other English schools, has been described as “the greatest sixteenth Century advocate of football."
The winning Senior county football team receives the Sam Maguire cup.
The earliest code of rules for any football game may be Count Giovanni de' Bardi di Vernio's Discorso sopra 'l giuoco del Calcio Fiorentino, written in 1580.
Between 1324 and 1667, football was banned in England by more than 30 royal and local laws.
Each of these codes (games played with specific sets of rules) is referred to as "football."
On October 26, 1863, representatives of several football clubs in the London Metropolitan area met for the inaugural meeting of The Football Association (FA).
The young aristocrats of the city would dress up in fine silk costumes and embroil themselves in a violent form of football.
By the late 1850s, many football clubs had been formed throughout the English-speaking world, to play various codes of football.
The Fйdйration Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) was founded in Paris on May 21, 1904.
Davin's rules showed the influence of games such as hurling and a desire to formalize a distinctly Irish code of football.
The ball was to prove popular in early forms of football in America.
Professionalism was also beginning to creep into the various codes of football, creating tension with rugby's origins in schools for the sons of the upper classes.
The professional football Hall of Fame is in Canton, Ohio.
Modern American football grew out of a match between McGill University of Montreal and Harvard University in 1874.
Both rugby and American football were noted at the turn of the twentieth century for serious injuries, as well as the deaths of many players.
American football was also frequently described as "rugby" in the 1880s.
Semi-professional leagues have grown in popularity in recent years, with the Alberta Football League becoming especially popular.
In 1966, rugby league officials borrowed the American football concept of downs.
suggest that some of these football games could have arrived in England as a result of the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Documented evidence of an activity resembling football can be found in a Chinese military manual written during the Warring States Period in about the 476 B.C.E.-221 B.C.E.
In 1895, following a dispute about a player being paid for loss of wages, representatives of the northern clubs met in Huddersfield to form the Northern Rugby Football Union (NRFU).
Junior football (played by many after high school before joining the university ranks) consists of 20 junior teams in three divisions in the Canadian Junior Football League, competing for the Canadian Bowl.
A change was in the wind, however, as King James I's Book of Sports (1618) instructs Christians to play at football every Sunday afternoon after worship.
Football is the name given to a number of different team sports.
The first detailed description of this type of football in England was given by William FitzStephen around 1174-1183.
In 1349, Edward III banned football on a wider basis, stating that such activities distracted the male populace from practicing archery, which was necessary for war.
Today, soccer—or association football—is easily the most popular sport worldwide, so popular that much of Europe practically shuts down during the World Cup.
In America, this had resulted in national controversy, and American football was banned by a number of colleges.
The formal name of the code later became Australian rules football (and, more recently, Australian football).
Often held at the pre-Lenten festival of Shrovetide in February or March, Shrovetide football may have arrived with the Roman occupation.
The name "soccer" was originally a slang abbreviation derived from "association" and is now the prevailing term in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, where other types of football are dominant.
First, they were important in taking football away from its "mob" form and turning it into an organized team sport.
By the early nineteenth century, football was adopted by a number of public schools as a way of encouraging competitiveness and keeping youths fit.
The need for a single body to oversee association football (soccer) had become apparent by the beginning of the twentieth century.
Meanwhile, RFU rugby, played by clubs which remained affiliated to the IRFB, became known as rugby union football or simply rugby union.
Globally, the word "football" usually refers to association football, also called soccer, as this is the most widely played type of football.
The first Gaelic football rules were drawn up by Maurice Davin and published in the United Ireland magazine on February 7, 1887.
The changes did not immediately have the desired effect, and 33 American football players were killed during 1908 alone.
The extent to which he was influenced by the various British and Irish football games is unknown, but there were similarities between some of them and his game.
Second, many early descriptions of football were recorded by people who had studied at these schools.
The first detailed description of football in England was given by William FitzStephen in about 1174-1183, while the first references to "goals" were in the late-sixteenth century and early-seventeenth centuries.
The Melbourne Football Club is the oldest surviving Australian football club, but the rules it used during its first season are unknown.
Over the years, various attempts were made to systematize the rules of football, resulting in the several "codes" which exist today.
Later, the Ancient Chinese, Japanese, Ancient Greeks, Romans, Persians, and the Aztecs are known to have played various forms of football.
Australian football also has similarities to the Australian Aboriginal game of Marn Grook, which he reportedly witnessed as a child in western Victoria.
On July 31, 1858, Wills and people responding to his letter met and experimented with various forms of football.
By the 1870s, rugby and association football had started to become popular in Ireland, with Trinity College, Dublin being an early stronghold of rugby.
Over four Sundays in September, All Ireland Finals in men's football regularly attract crowds of over 80,000.
Australian Rules football is the most highly attended spectator sport in Australia.
Great achievements in Canadian football are enshrined in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in Hamilton, Ontario.
Arena football has arisen in recent years as an alternative to full scale stadium-based profession American football, featuring a much smaller field, narrower goal posts, and various other rule changes.
Australian Rules football is fast growing as an amateur sport in more than 20 countries around the world, with a total of over 25,000 participants outside of Australia in 2004.
In 1848, at Cambridge University, H. de Winton and J.C. Thring called a football conference at Trinity College, Cambridge with 12 other representatives, representing Eton, Harrow, Rugby, Winchester, and Shrewsbury.
On November 6, 1869, Rutgers and Princeton played what was billed as the first college football game. However, it wasn't until the 1880s that a great rugby player from Yale, Walter Camp, pioneered rules changes that slowly transformed rugby into the new game of American Football.
American football. ... American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada, and also known as gridiron football or simply gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end.
"Rugby football" became "rugger" for short. "Association football" became "soccer." After these two sports spread across the Atlantic, Americans invented their own variant of the game that they simply called "football" in the early 1900s. ... British people stopped saying "soccer" because of its American connotations.Jun 12, 2014
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport.
The man most responsible for the transition from this rugby-like game to the sport of football we know today was Walter Camp, known as the “Father of American Football.” As a Yale undergraduate and medical student from 1876 to 1881, he played halfback and served as team captain, equivalent to head coach at the time.Sep 25, 2013
The ball is advanced either by running with the football (called rushing) or passing the football. The football play is over when 1) the player with the football is tackled or goes out of bounds 2) an incomplete pass 3) there is a score. The offensive team can lose possession of the football by: Scoring.
An extra point, wherein a player kicks the football between the goal posts after his team has scored a touchdown, is worth 1 point. When the touchdown play is followed by a passing or running play into the end zone instead of a kick, the play is called a two point conversion, and is worth 2 points.
Conversion attempts are used to score 1 or 2 points as follows:The offense may attempt a field goal kick which is worth 1 point.The offense may attempt to re-advance the ball into the opponent's end zone for a two-point conversion worth 2 points.
A touchdown is worth six points. The scoring team is also awarded the opportunity for an extra point or a two-point conversion. Afterwards, the team that scored the touchdown kicks off to the opposing team, if there is any time left.
A much rarer occurrence is the one-point safety, which can be scored by the offense on an extra point or two-point conversion attempt; those have occurred at least twice in NCAA Division I football since 1996, most recently at the 2013 Fiesta Bowl. No conversion safeties have occurred since at least 1940 in the NFL.
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