American football, known in the United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport. The object of the game is to advance the football towards the opposing team's end zone and score points. The ball can be advanced by carrying the ball, or by throwing or handing it from one teammate to the other. Points can be scored in a variety of ways, including carrying the ball over the goal line, throwing the ball to another player past the goal line or kicking it through the goal posts. The winner is the team with the most points when the time expires.
Sports historians who major in American football claim that the beginnings of the American football history are rooted in the history of rugby.
The Professional American football history began soon after the Intercollegiate Football Association's demise, approximately in 1895. In 1920, the American Professional Football Association was set up in the
The American football development had seen the emergence of an indoor league called Arena Football. This league still exists and the game is played, but it does not have the popularity that the National Football League has.
The American football history experienced another wave of development at the beginning of the 19th century. Some of
At Harvard, the sophomore and freshman students competed in a game that had resemblance to the American football. Those competitions took place every school year on the first Monday of the year. Because of its roughness, the competition was called "Bloody Monday". Similar games, having a resemblance to the Bloody Monday, became very popular in the Boston Common, and the American football popularity increased significantly.
Thus, American football, like other popular games, has its own great American football history that is more than a century old.