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 AMERICAN FOOTBALL

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Known in the USA simply as 'Football' the game play could not be more different than those rules for football (soccer as the Americans refer to it) as we know it here in the UK. It is a physical game where the players wear protective body armour.

Popularity
With more than 36 teams in the UK this is really a popular sport American Football came to the UK as a regular sport in the 1980's.

Location
All around the UK there are teams and clubs check out the Internet for your local team and club.

Age
At age 14 you can start to play American Football in the UK.

Ability
You will need to join a team or club for instruction and once you have decided that the sport is for you, you can then invest in all the kit. You will need good fitness as this is a physical game.

Description
The ball used to play American Football is similar to that of our native Rugby ball in that it has two pointed ends. The objective of the game is to get the ball up the field to the opposing teams end and over their goal, the ball can be carried, thrown or kicked to another team player. Points can be scored in a number of ways from kicking the ball through the goal posts, carrying the ball over the goal line or even passing to another team player over the line.

Dedication
Give 100% dedication to training and team meets and you can find yourself on the team.

Potential
There is the potential to join a professional American Football Team as there is a League run in the UK, check out the web address in National addresses for further information on league games and teams.

Closely Related Activities
Canadian Football 272, Flag Football 1144, Rugby League 496, Rugby Union 497.

Cost
The cost can start from a pair of football, which on average cost £20.00 upwards, apart from boots you will need shoulder pads, helmet, gum shield gloves, back plate, chin strap, not to mention shorts and shirt, check out online costs for competitive rates and up to date prices.

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