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Soccer vs football

 
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hI,
wHATZ THE DIFFERENCE B/W SOCCER 'N' FOOTBALL
 
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There is no difference. Soccer is what Americans call what the rest of the world calls Football!!
 
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Additionally, in America "football" refers to a different game entirely, known to the rest of the world as... American football (duh). Despite the fact that the game makes relatively little use for the foot.
 
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Originally posted by Jim Yingst:
...Despite the fact that the game makes relatively little use for the foot.


Except of course for the Super Bowl winning field goal kick...
 
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which was played first? american football or soccer?
never mind


Football, American, distinct type of football that developed in the United States in the 19th century from soccer (association football) and rugby football.


[ June 23, 2002: Message edited by: Randall Twede ]
 
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Except of course for the Super Bowl winning field goal kick


Unless you play for the Buffalo Bills, then you miss that field goal
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Originally posted by Randall Twede:
which was played first? american football or soccer?

That is actually a very interesting question. In the early-1800's there were two competing forms of football, Association Football (the word soccer is derived from association) and Rugby Football. The two games at this time were very similar and both had evolving rules. In fact, teams of one group routinely played teams of the other group with the home team establishing the rules of play. By the mid 1800's there were two competing groups, the Rugby group and the Sheffield-Cambridge group. The split became permament between the two different styles of playing football. Soccer as we know it today was created in 1878 with the merger of the Football Association rules with the Sheffield rules.
Rugby football and Association Football came to the USA before the split had finalized in the mid 1800's. Competing colleges adopted the rules of one sport or the the other. In order to promote intercollegiate play, rules slowly evolved to merge the two games back into one. It wasn't until the 1870's that a recognizable game of American football was played.
So the creation of American football is a by product of the split between Rugby and Soccer. Just as England split the two games to create two different sports, the US merged the two games to create a completely different sport.
As to the original question... there is no clear answer. Soccer as played today was developed in 1878. American Football a few years earlier. Both were derived from earlier games.
[ June 24, 2002: Message edited by: Thomas Paul ]
 
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