Introduction to American Football

American football, as the name suggests, is a popular sport in Canada and the United States. It is a physical and tough game to play that requires physical strength, agility, speed, and power, among other attributes. The intricate play and collisions which are witnessed during gameplay, is what makes the game loved by many people, and this nature of play also makes it fun to watch. Some football games can go on for up to three hours. To first-time spectators, it can be seen as a complicated game, because each play is always very tactical, requiring high levels of concentration and quick decision making. However, many American football enthusiasts believe that its the complexity of the game, which makes it easy to follow, after one has taken time to understand the concept of the game.

The National Football League

The National Football League (NFL) is the body which governs all football-related activities in America. It’s important to note that in America, the game is known as football, not to be confused with traditional football or soccer, as referred to in other countries. Currently, 32 teams are forming the NFL, with the teams being split into two different conferences, which are the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference. Further, these two conferences are divided into four divisions with four teams playing in each of the eight divisions.

The Super Bowl is the final game of the NFL season which pits together winners of both conferences to determine the season’s winner with the game being broadcast in over 150 countries. In the United States, it is watched by almost half of all households. In Canada, the football league operates under different rules and structures, and its governed by the Canadian Football League Association. American football has also gained interest from other nations around the world, but it is mostly played at amateur levels.