Rugby league and rugby union
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South African Victor Matfield takes a lineout against New Zealand in 2006. Rugby league is played both as a professional and amateur sport in Ireland, France, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand. It is regarded as the national sport of … Read More

Popularity of American football
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The U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen (left) face off against the Colorado State Rams. Since the 1960s, football has outranked baseball as the most popular spectator sport in the United States [1]. The 32-team National Football League (NFL) is the most … Read More

Rugby
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Rugby football refers to sports descended from a common form of football developed at Rugby School in England. The two major sports are rugby league and rugby union. American football and Canadian football also originated from Rugby football. Games descended … Read More

American football
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The New England Patriots (blue) playing offense, against the Philadelphia Eagles (white) in an NFL game. American football, known in the United States and Canada [1] simply as football, is a competitive team sport. The object of the game is … Read More

Over-under
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An over-under or over/under bet is a wager in which a sportsbook will predict a number for a statistic in a given game (usually the combined score of the two teams), and bettors wager that the actual number in the … Read More

Asian handicap
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An Asian Handicap is a sports betting term used to describe spread betting in football (soccer). Described as Asian because of its Eastern origins, the phrase has little else to do with the region. This form of soccer betting has … Read More

Football today
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Use of the word “football” in English-speaking countries The word “football“, when used in reference to a specific game can mean any one of those described above. Because of this, much friendly controversy has occurred over the term football, primarily … Read More

The establishment of modern codes of football
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English public schools Match at Winchester College around 1840. The earliest evidence that games resembling football were being played at English public schools — mainly attended by boys from the upper, upper-middle and professional classes — comes from the Vulgaria … Read More

History of football
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Throughout the history of mankind the urge to kick at stones and other such objects is thought to have led to many early activities involving kicking and/or running with a ball. Football-like games predate recorded history in all parts of … Read More

Football
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Football is the name given to a number of different, but related, team sports. By far the most popular of these worldwide is Association football, which also goes by the name of soccer. The English language word football is also … Read More

Football organizations and competitions
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Governing bodies The recognised international governing body of football (and associated games, such as futsal and beach soccer) is the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). The FIFA headquarters are located in Zurich, Switzerland. Six regional confederations are associated with … Read More

Laws of the Football (Soccer)
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Football is popular among children as well as adults. Overview of the Laws There are seventeen Laws in the official Laws of the Game. The same Laws are designed to apply to all levels of football, although certain modifications for … Read More

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