AMERICAN FOOTBALL

This topic today is unique to many and is the preference of very less in the Asian world but the passion shown towards this sport in the US is unmatched. It is American Football or simply football in the United States. It is a team game also known as Gridiron and is played by two teams with 11 players each in a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. Now it might surprise many non-North Americans that, Rugby and American Football are different. Let’s come to that point later but first, this is what the history of American Football looks like.

 

History of American FootBall

The American football we know today was borne out of English-style soccer and rugby. American Football just got created in the 19th century and it is amazing how today people are going crazy to watch and bet in the game,  finding odds to bet in the NFL on the internet. The most important person in American Football’s history is considered to be Walter Camp who was a big hand in changing and making new rules to make it different from Rugby. In 1880 he was the person who established the line of scrimmage and the snap from center to quarterback in the game. This feature is considered one of the coolest features of the game to date.

The growth of American Football happened in the early 20th century as more and more people started falling in love with the game. In the early days, there was a rivalry between the American Professional Football Association and National Football Association regarding the conduction of their respective leagues AFL and NFL. The AFL was founded in 1959 and NFL was founded in 1920 and then in 1970, a merge was created that ended the issues between NFL and AFL  These two leagues were merged to modern-day NFL that we know. Now the NFL has a 32 team membership with 16 teams in each conference. And today the league has grown so much that the most valuable teams like Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots have valuation at 6.5 Billion US dollars and 5 billion US dollars respectively.

 

The Difference of American FootBall

American Football is different from Rugby in many ways. Rugby can also be considered as the blend of American Football, basketball, and soccer. One of the major differences in the number of players in one team. American football has 11 players in one team while in Rugby, a team has 15 players. In American Football unlimited substitutions are allowed and any player can re-enter the field but in Rugby, up to 7 substitutions are allowed depending upon the policies of the tournament, and one player when gets substituted out cannot re-enter unless any injuries happen.

The length of the field is 120 yards in total in American Football and 1pp yards with a 20-meter try area in rugby. The average tackles per game per player in American Football are 4 and the average tackles per player per game in Rugby is 16. These are key differences between Rugby and American Football.

 

NFL

NFL stands for National Football League which is a professional American Football league played among 32 teams. The teams are divided into 2 conferences namely National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The NFL is one of the four major North American professional sports leagues and the biggest American Football league in the world. One regular season of NFL lasts 18 weeks with each team playing 17 games and having one bye week. After the conclusion of the regular season, 7 teams including four division winners and 3 wildcard entry teams enter the playoffs, and finally, the champion is decided by the Super Bowl event which is generally held on the first Sunday in February. This Super Bowl is played between the champions of NFC and AFC.

 

Teams of American FootBall

American Football Conference

East Division

Team Name Based City/State Head Coach
Buffalo Bills New York Sean McDermott
Miami Dolphins Florida Brian Flores
New English Patriots Massachusetts Bill Belichick
New York Jets New Jersey Robert Saleh

 

West Division

Team Name Based City/State Head Coach
Denver Broncus Colorado Vic Fangio
Kansas City Chiefs Missouri Andy Reid
Las Vegas Raiders Nevada Rich Bisaccia
Los Angeles Chargers California Brandon Staley

 

North Division

Team Name Based City/State Head Coach
Baltimore Ravens Maryland John Harbaugh
Cincinnati Bengals Ohio Zac Taylor
Cleveland Browns Ohio Kevin Stefanski
Pittsburgh Steelers Pennsylvania Mike Tomlin

 

South Division

Team Name Based City/State Head Coach
Houston Texans Texas David Culley
Indianapolis Colts Indiana Frank Reich
Jacksonville Jaguars Florida Urban Meyer
Tennessee Titans Tennessee Mike Vrabel

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National Football Conference

East Division

Team Name Based City/State Head Coach
Dallas Cowboys Texas Mike McCarthy
New York Giants New Jersey Joe Judge
Philadelphia Eagles Pennsylvania Nick Sirianni
Washington Football Team Maryland Ron Rivera

 

West Division

Team Name Based City/State Head Coach
Arizona Cardinals Arizona Kliff Kingsbury
Los Angeles Rams California Sean McVay
San Francisco 49ers California Kyle Shanahan
Seattle Seahawks Washington Pete Carroll

 

North Division

Team Name Based City/State Head Coach
Chicago Bears Illinois Matt Nagy
Detroit Lions Michigan Dan Campbell
Green Bay Packers Wisconsin Matt LaFleur
Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Mike Zimmer

 

South Division

Team Name Based City/State Head Coach
Atlanta Falcons Georgia Arthur Smith
Carolina Panthers North Carolina Matt Rhule
New Orleans Saints Lousiana Sean Payton
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Florida Bruce Arians

 

So this is basically what American Football is all about and how it has evolved with time. Hoping for this sport to get more recognition in other parts of the world too.

 

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