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Updated: Sep 7, 2022


Football is a collective term for many sports. American football, called football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goal posts at each end.

Soccer, or association football, better known as soccer around the world except in the United States and Canada, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of 11 players. It is played by approximately 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the most popular sport in the world.

The first American football game was played between two college teams on November 6, 1869 between Rutgers and Princeton.

In American football, the ball is shaped like a pro-late spheroid. The balloon has a central circumference of 56cm and the length of the balloon is 28cm. The weight of the balloon is 0.875 lbs.

In American football, the game is divided into 4 quarters of 15 minutes each. After the 2nd quarter there is a rest break. The game can often be interrupted.

The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) is the governing body of American football. It was founded in 1998 and is based in France.

The first match of the Association Soccer International recognized by FIFA took place between Scotland and England. It was held on November 30, 1872.

Soccer balls are spherical. The circumference of the ball is between 68cm and 70cm. The pressure in the stock is 8.5 and 15.6 pounds per square inch. The weight of the balloon is between 410g and 450g.

In soccer the match lasts 90 minutes and is divided into 1st half and 2nd half of 45 minutes each. After the 1st half of 45 minutes, play is suspended. Depending on the type of tournament and the stages of the tournament, if the matches are tied at the end of the 90 minutes, there will be extra time and if there is still a tie, the match will be decided by a penalty shootout.

FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) is the international governing body for association football/soccer. FIFA was founded in 1904 and has 211 member national associations. FIFA's headquarters are in Zurich.

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