History of American Football

The origin of American football can be traced back to the North American colleges in the 19th century, and it is believed that the game incorporated the structures and gameplay of the association football (soccer) and rugby, which were all British sports. In the early days, the games were chaotic because of the large number of players taking part and the high number of them sustaining injuries during the football. In 1896, the first game which was generally accepted as American football took place, and it was contested between two college teams from North-Eastern America, the Rutgers, and Princeton, with the former winning the fixture.

In 1905, the first committee to come up with rules to govern how American football would be played was formed, after the directive of the then-president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. The committee was formed by members from Princeton, Yale, and Harvard, and it came to be known as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the later years.

The Game

American football has now become a multi-million dollar industry. With the popularity of cable TV, the game is now being broadcast and played in many regions of the world, at both the professional and collegiate levels. In America, the collegiate division games are mostly played on Friday and Saturday afternoons, while the professional level takes place on Sundays and Mondays.

Between 1991 and 2007, the NFL expanded to Europe, forming a franchise which was a professional American football league known as the NFL Europe League. At the end of each season, the top two teams battled each other at the season finale game, which was referred to as the World Bowl. With the match attendance declining, the NFL Europe was no longer able to sustain itself, with clubs experiencing difficulties in running profitable ventures, leading to the cessation of operations for the European franchise.