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02.04.2020 » Differences between soccer and american football

Cristiano Ronaldo playing american football

If there's a debate that is never going to end that's the one between soccer/football and american football. The two sports are completely different from each other, but since they share the same name, fans will always jump into aggressive debates when the topic arises...

American football and soccer are two of the most popular sports around the world, even though, depending on the country, one might be neglected towards the other. In the United States for example, everytime anyone says "football" they actual refer to american football since that's their most popular sport in the country. In Europe and in many other countries, football actually refers to soccer since american football isn't that popular outside the United States. There are many different types of sports, some with names that might even confuse you. Today, we will take a look at two sports that have a similar name, but each one played in a very different way. For example, could Cristiano Ronaldo have become an NFL player if he had focused on that since his childhood? Probably yes, but it's hard to tell due to the huge differences and demands from each sport. Besides, you will get to understand these two sports in depth. Now, if you want to know more, just stay with us and read on to find out!

Soccer vs American Football:

Can one manage football and studies at the same time?

As a scholar, you must ensure that you have enough time for everything. For instance, you could be taking part in sports, let's say football, and handling your academic work at the same time. Sometimes, you might experience that pressure to buy assignment solutions from online sources when you lack time for your studies. All in all, you need to plan well to ensure that you can manage your academics, without interfering with your football practice moments.

To handle studies and sports at the same time, you need to:

  • Focus well
  • Set a planner
  • Be disciplined
  • Set targets to accomplish

The good thing about football is that it can raise your future career in general. For instance, a student can earn a scholarship by playing good football in school.

What differentiates american football from soccer

Now, what are the two sports that confuse individuals because they have a similar name? That would be American football and soccer, termed as football. Commonly, people will define football as a game played with the feet. It makes sense when you describe it that way. But now, when you speak about American football, you shouldn't use the same definition for such kind of sport.

In football/soccer, many specific rules govern the game. Players who fail to observe such regulations get punished for doing so. For instance, you can get a yellow card for minor offenses on the pitch. Some will include faulty mistakes like harming another player when the game is on. There are major mistakes that can earn you a red card in the game as well. When you get a red card, you are sent out of the game and could miss at least 2 upcoming games. Cristiano Ronaldo for example, has already seen a red card in 11 different occasions throughout his career. Such mistakes will include touching the ball with your bare hands during an opponent's dangerous play, or simply harming another player with intention.

These two kinds of sports vary a lot in very many things. One typical example is the way we play these two games. For American football, the players will use both hands to control the ball from one end to the other. In soccer, players don't use their hands when passing the ball. The only person allowed to handle the ball with his hands when the game is on, is the goalkeeper. Any other person can also do so if the ball has gone out of the pitch...

There are many rules attached to these two types of games. Many people might think that football is just a game played for fun. But how true is that? Today individuals take part in such sports to earn a living. For instance, there are players signed to play for international clubs, and they get paid for doing so. Besides, some only watch the game for the love of it. Something to remind you is that there are many advantages to participating in various sports activities...

Cristiano Ronaldo pretending to be a NFL player

A Different set of rules
for each game

To be an expert in doing something, you must consider various things. For instance, people who succeed in football always practice a lot. There are many rules for playing multiple games. These rules are the ones to govern a football match when it is on.

Football is that typical game that unites people from different corners of the world. There are international football clubs that compete with each other for trophies. For instance, we have the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League for clubs, and the Euros and the FIFA World Cups for national teams. Cristiano Ronaldo already won several Champions League trophies for Manchester United and Real Madrid, as well as the European champions with Portugal. In football/soccer, the points to earn are as follows:

  • A team will get three points for winning a football match
  • One point for a draw
  • Zero points for a defeat.

American football's peculiarities

Various rules apply to American football, as well. For instance, you only get to use your feet to kick the ball when you have a field goal attempt to make. There are different forms of kicks in this game. They include a place kick or a dropkick and a free-kick such as kick-offs and fair catch kicks. The offensive team can score points only if they reach the other end of the defensive side.

When a team makes a touchdown, they will earn six points for that. A field goal is worth three points. To earn that, the offensive team must shoot the ball past two raised goalposts at the opponent's end. Conversions also earn a team one or two points, depending on whether it is a field goal kick of a re-advance into the opponent's end zone.

What is the common similarity between american football and soccer?

One similarity in these two games is that they only allow eleven players from both teams to take part in the game. Besides, there are substitutes for the games, in case there is a need for a change. Today, many colleges offer such games in their institutions. As such, it would help if you can participate in any of the sports activities...

Soccer football vs american football

Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Juve in the Serie A is on April 4, against Torino. You can watch Juve vs Torino, R. Sociedad vs Real Madrid, Sevilla vs Barça, Brighton vs Man United, Arsenal vs Norwich City, and Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich, all matches provided from our soccer live game pages.

Juventus next game:
Juventus vs Torino
kick-off time (04-04-2020):

Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 03:45
| UTC/GMT+7: 02:45
India (New Delhi) |
UTC/GMT+5.30: 01:15
Italy (Turin) |
UTC/GMT+1: 20:45
(Madrid) | UTC/GMT+1: 20:45
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+0: 19:45
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-3: 16:45
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 15:45
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-7: 12:45

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