Sports similar to or like American football

Team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. Wikipedia

  • Football

    Family of team sports that involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball to score a goal. Most popular where the word is used. Wikipedia

  • Gridiron football

    Family of football team sports primarily played in the United States and Canada. Form played in the United States and the best known form of gridiron football worldwide, while Canadian football, featuring 12-player teams, predominates in Canada. Wikipedia

  • Canadian football

    Sport played in Canada in which two teams of 12 players each compete for territorial control of a field of play 110 yd long and 65 yd wide attempting to advance a pointed oval-shaped ball into the opposing team's scoring area (end zone). Used exclusively to describe this sport, even in the United States . Wikipedia

  • College football

    Gridiron football consisting of American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, colleges, and military academies, or Canadian football played by teams of student athletes fielded by Canadian universities. Through college football play that American football rules first gained popularity in the United States. Wikipedia

  • Wide variety of organized sports in the continent of North America. Birthplace of several of these organized sports, such as basketball, gridiron football , ice hockey, lacrosse, racquetball, rodeo, ultimate, and volleyball. Wikipedia

  • Down (gridiron football)

    Period in which a play transpires in gridiron football. Distinguishing characteristic of the game compared to other codes of football, but is synonymous with a "tackle" in rugby league. Wikipedia

  • American football rules

    Dead or not in play. These can be plays from scrimmage – passes, runs, punts, or field goal attempts (from either a place kick or a drop kick) – or free kicks such as kickoffs and fair catch kicks. Wikipedia

  • Harvard–Yale football rivalry

    Renewed annually with The Game, an American college football contest between the Harvard Crimson football team of Harvard University and the Yale Bulldogs football team of Yale University. Usually considered the most important and anticipated game of the year for both teams, regardless of their season records. Wikipedia

  • John Heisman

    Player and coach of American football, baseball, and basketball, as well as a sportswriter and actor. He served as the head football coach at Oberlin College, Buchtel College (now known as the University of Akron), Auburn University, Clemson University, Georgia Tech, the University of Pennsylvania, Washington & Jefferson College, and Rice University, compiling a career college football record of 186–70–18. Wikipedia

  • Forward pass

    Throwing of the ball in the direction that the offensive team is trying to move, towards the defensive team's goal line. One of the main distinguishers between gridiron football in which the play is legal and widespread, and rugby football (union and league) from which the North American games evolved, in which the play is illegal. Wikipedia

  • 2010 Bowl

    Postseason college football bowl game between the South Carolina Gamecocks of the Southeastern Conference and the Connecticut Huskies (UConn) of the Big East Conference, on January 2, 2010 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. The final contest of the 2009 NCAA Division I-Football Bowl Subdivision football season for both teams, and it ended in a 20–7 victory for Connecticut. Wikipedia

  • American football positions

    Referred to as their "position." Under the modern rules of American football, both teams are allowed 11 players on the field at one time and have "unlimited free substitutions," meaning that they may change any number of players during any "dead ball" situation. Wikipedia

  • Punter (football)

    Special teams player who receives the snapped ball directly from the line of scrimmage and then punts (kicks) the football to the opposing team so as to limit any field position advantage. This generally happens on a fourth down in American football and a third down in Canadian football. Wikipedia

  • 1912 Vanderbilt Commodores football team

    The 1912 Vanderbilt Commodores football team represented Vanderbilt University in the 1912 college football season. Dan McGugin's ninth year as head coach. Wikipedia

  • Basketball

    Team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop (a basket 18 in in diameter mounted 10 ft high to a backboard at each end of the court) while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. Worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. Wikipedia

  • Flag football

    Variant of American football where, instead of tackling players to the ground, the defensive team must remove a flag or flag belt from the ball carrier to end a down, and contact is not permitted between players. No dominant sanctioning organization for the sport, the game has mutated into many variations: 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, and 4 players on each side; coed or single-gender; without kicking and punting and with point-after conversions or without; and field sizes that vary from full Canadian Football League (CFL) size, National Football League (NFL) size (120 yards long by 53 yards wide), to fields a third that size. Wikipedia

  • The major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada are the highest professional competitions of team sports in those countries. The four leagues traditionally included in the definition are Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Football League (NFL), and the National Hockey League (NHL). Wikipedia

  • 2005 Texas Longhorns football team

    The 2005 Texas Longhorns football team represented the University of Texas at Austin during the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season, winning the Big 12 Conference championship and the national championship. Coached by Mack Brown, led on offense by quarterback Vince Young, and played its home games at Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium. Wikipedia

  • Line of scrimmage

    Imaginary transverse line beyond which a team cannot cross until the next play has begun. Based on the spot where the ball is placed after the end of the most recent play and following the assessment of any penalty yards. Wikipedia

  • 1998 NFC Championship Game

    National Football League game played on January 17, 1999, to determine the National Football Conference (NFC) champion for the 1998 NFL season. The visiting Atlanta Falcons defeated the heavily favored Minnesota Vikings 30–27 in sudden death overtime to win their first conference championship and advance to the franchise's first Super Bowl appearance. Wikipedia

  • Oldest football clubs

    Organised, mainstream sport. Often disputed or claimed by several clubs, across several codes of football. Wikipedia

  • American football field

    The rectangular field of play used for American football games measures 100 yd long between the goal lines, and 160 ft (160 ft) wide. Made of grass. Wikipedia

  • List of Virginia Tech Hokies bowl games

    The Virginia Tech Hokies football team, since its creation in 1892, has played 33 post-season bowl games in 16 different stadiums across nine states. This includes five Bowl Championship Series (BCS) game appearances and one appearance in the BCS National Championship Game. Wikipedia

  • Trick play

    Play in gridiron football that uses deception and unorthodox tactics to fool the opposing team. Often risky, offering the potential for a large gain or a touchdown if it is successful, but with the chance of a significant loss of yards or a turnover if not. Wikipedia

  • Lynn Bomar

    American football end in the National Football League (NFL). Unanimous 1922 All-Southern selection and a consensus 1923 All-American selection in football. Wikipedia

  • Joe Theismann

    American former professional gridiron football player, sports commentator, corporate speaker and restaurateur. He rose to fame playing quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) and Canadian Football League (CFL). Wikipedia

  • Sports in the United States

    Important part of culture in the United States. Most popular spectator sport to watch in the United States, followed by baseball, basketball, ice hockey and soccer, which make up the "5 major sports". Wikipedia

  • Interception or pick is a move by a player involving a pass of the ball—whether by foot or hand, depending on the rules of the sport—in which the ball is intended for a player of the same team but caught by a player of the team on defense, who thereby usually gains possession of the ball for their team. Commonly seen in football, including American and Canadian football, as well as association football, rugby league, rugby union, Australian rules football and Gaelic football, as well as any sport by which a loose object is passed between players toward a goal. Wikipedia

  • Jess Neely

    American football player and a baseball and football coach. Head football coach at Southwestern University from 1924 to 1927, at Clemson University from 1931 to 1939 and at Rice University from 1940 to 1966, compiling a career college football record of 207–176–19. Wikipedia

  • Fumble

    A fumble in gridiron football occurs when a player who has possession and control of the ball loses it before being downed (tackled), scoring, or going out of bounds. Any act other than passing, kicking, punting, or successful handing that results in loss of ball possession by a player. Wikipedia


Sentences forAmerican football

  • While American football has long been considered "king" in the state, Texans enjoy a wide variety of sports.Texas-Wikipedia
  • Carnegie hoped the opportunity to take up rowing would inspire Princeton students to forsake football, which he considered "not gentlemanly."Princeton University-Wikipedia
  • Soccer, American football, and track and field are also played in Balboa Stadium, the city's first stadium, which was constructed in 1914.San Diego-Wikipedia
  • Today, American football, particularly at the college level at schools like the University of Alabama, is a major part of the state's culture.Alabama-Wikipedia
  • Collegiate athletics have deep significance in Texas culture, especially football.Texas-Wikipedia
  • Minor league baseball, football, basketball, ice hockey, soccer and indoor football teams are based in Florida.Florida-Wikipedia

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