Monday, October 18, 2010

American football

American football is known in America as football, and sometimes as gridiron outside the United States and Canada. It is a sport that consists of two teams of eleven, with the objective of to score points by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone.

The ball can be advanced by running with it or throwing it to a teammate. Points are scored when the the ball is carried over the opponent's goal line, pass thrown over that goal line is caught, the ball is kicked through the opponent's goal posts, or an opposing ball carrier is tackled in his own end zone.

This sport is also played outside America. There are national and collegiate leagues in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, Japan, Mexico, Israel, Spain, Austria, and several other European, American, Asian and Pacific Island nations. The International Federation of American Football acts as an international governing body for the sport on five continents, but has little standing in the United States.

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