Football, game played on a rectangular field by two opposing teams with an inflated leather ball that is roughly oval in shape. The object of the game is to score points by carrying the ball across the opponent’s goal line or by kicking the ball through the opponent’s goalposts. Football is considered a full-contact sport, meaning that play involves bodily contact by way of checking, blocking, grabbing, and tackling. Armor of football players areusually covered with pads to cushion any contact between players. Sometimes, even with all the players’ armors, people still get injured. Because of the rough physical nature of the game, playing football can cause injuries.

Due to the very physical characteristic of the game, Americans usually dominate this sport because of their genetic dominance over other races, but strength alone is not enough to win a game, tactics and strategies are also needed. Played by professionals and amateurs (generally male high school and college students), football is one of the most popular American sports, attracting thousands of participants and millions of spectators annually. The sport’s premier event is the championship game of the National Football League, which is called the Super Bowl. In Japan, the counterpart of this competition is called the Rice Bowl. For decades this event was held in January, but more recently it has been held in early February. The Super Bowl is watched by millions every year, usually the biggest audience for a single televised event the whole year. College football holds a series of bowl games for its top teams in December and January, and these also attract high levels of interest from fans.

Posted 2011-01-24 and updated on Jan 29, 2011 8:07pm by crisd

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