Soccer vs Football

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Okay, let's start with defining what we mean by the terms soccer' and football'. Soccer is fairly straightforward as it is the sport of Association Football. Soccer is known, however, throughout most of the world simply as football. For the purposes of this article, however, we will use the term soccer to differentiate it from its American cousin, American Football. In fact, if we're to use family terminology to describe the relationship between soccer and American football, then grandfather/grandchild would be more appropriate. The sport that was to become soccer was born' in 1848, which is when the first formal set of rules were drawn up. A breakaway group then created a separate sport (where handling the ball was allowed) and this would become known as rugby. In turn, rugby would cross the Atlantic and spawn the creation of the sport of Gridiron or American football. The most obvious difference that a sports fan will discern between soccer and American football is that soccer is played mainly by kicking the ball and it is only the goalkeeper who can handle the ball. American football, in contrast, is played by throwing the ball. Here, though, is a list of the main differences (and similarities) between the two sports: Soccer balls are round. American football uses an oval-shaped ball Soccer is played by kicking the ball whereas American football involves throwing the ball A goal is scored in soccer by putting the ball into a net that is made up of two posts and a crossbar A touch down is scored in American football by touching the ball down over a touch-line. Both soccer and American football have eleven players per side. Soccer is played over 90 minutes and is split into two halves American football is played over just 60 minutes that are split into four quarters. Time outs are allowed in American football but not in soccer Soccer matches can end in a draw/tie. However, in some cup competitions, 30 minutes of extra time are played to try to determine a winner...
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