It is also called Gridiron outside of the US, while it’s commonly called just football in the US. is different from the popular world sport generally known as football or soccer . A game of American football was first played on November 6, 1869 between Princeton and Rutgers.

The sport is well-liked in Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Israel, Austria, and various nations of the Pacific Island. American Football is controlled by the International Federation of American Football over the five continents that the game is played in.

A quarterback player standing right behind the centre player is the primary passer and ball handler. A tight end player is lined up on the left side of the centre player slightly behind the tackle players. Nine-Man Football — a modified version of American Football with nine players on each team, played mainly in US high schools that have small enrollments. As name implies, American Football is an American game of football.

Although there are only 11 players from each side on the field at any one time, a team is actually made up of 45 players. The key player on each side is the quarterback who attempts to dictate play. There are several non-contact variants of football like flag football. In flag football the ballcarrier is not tackled; instead, defenders aim to pull a flag tied around their waist. Another variant, touch football, simply requires the ballcarrier to be touched to be considered downed.

It is not an Olympic sport, but it was a demonstration sport at the 1932 Summer Olympics. At the international level, Canada, Mexico, and Japan are considered to be second-tier, while Austria, Germany, and France would rank among a third tier. These countries rank far below the United States, which is dominant at the international level. High school football is the most popular sport in the United States played by boys; over 1.1 million boys participated in the sport from 2007 to 2008 according to a survey by the National Federation of State High School Associations . The NFHS is the largest organization for high school football, with member associations in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia.

The game begins with the toss of a coin that determines which team gets to choose. The game is broken up into four 15-minute quarters with an intermission of twelve minutes after the second quarter of the game is over. American football isn’t only popular in the Unites States, however.

One of the important game rules of American Football is the play from scrimmage. It is the movement of the game during which one team tries to advance the ball, get a first down, or a point, and the other team tries to stop them or take the ball away. These plays from scrimmage include–field goal attempts , passing the ball, retaining the ball and running, punting the ball , or freekicks such as kick-offs and fair catch kicks. The game also consists of a series of downs, referred to as a time period in which the individual plays in a certain duration, outside of which the ball is dead or not in play.

USA Football is the governing body for youth and amateur football, and Pop Warner Little Scholars is the largest organization for youth football. The referee is positioned behind and to the side of the offensive backs. The referee is charged with oversight and control of the game and is the authority on the score, the down number, and any rule interpretations in discussions among the other officials.

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The referee positions themselves to the passing arm side of the quarterback. In most games, the referee is responsible for spotting the football prior to a play from scrimmage. On a kickoff, the ball is placed at the 35-yard line of the kicking team in professional and college play and at the 40-yard line in high school play.

Depending on the rules used, a game of touch football may require the player be touched with either one or two hands to be considered down. American football leagues exist throughout the world, but the game has yet to achieve the international success and popularity of baseball and basketball.