Various Versions of Football

By sports matik
Jun. 20, 2018

Football is one of the sports that are widely played all around the world. But do you know that this sport is played in various formats, known with different names. Futsal, American Rules Football, Australian Rules Football, Canadian Rules Football, Gaelic Football etc., are sports that are similar to football but have some different set of rules. They all have registered their names as a unique sport and have been played at international level. Let’s have a glimpse of these sports…

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Futsal or futsala is a team sport and is a variation of association football. It is played on a hard court which is smaller than a football ground and is mainly played indoors. Futsal is also regarded as five-a-side football.

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American rules football is a team sport played in the United States which is commonly referred to as football in US and Canada and is famously known as “gridiron football” or simply “gridiron”. The sport is played on a rectangular field with goal posts at the end by two teams of eleven players each with an oval-shaped ball.

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Fondly known as Aussie rules or Footy, Australian Rules football is a sport played between two teams consisting of 18 players each side on an oval shaped ground. The main difference between Association and Australian football is that the latter is played with an oval shaped ball and the ball can be touched with any part of the body in order to move the same.

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Canadian Rules Football often known as CFL or gridiron football is a Canadian sport that is played on a rectangular pitch by two teams of 12 players each along with a goalkeeper. In Canada football refers both to American and Canadian football and specifically to any of them, depending upon the context. Both the sports are of same origin but have significant differences.

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Popularly known as football or Gaelic, the Gaelic Football is an Irish team sport which has the madness of football, speed of rugby and scoring level of basketball. The game is played with a spherical ball of leather on a rectangular field between two teams of fifteen players each.

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