You may never become big football fans, but it never hurts to know a little about a game that many of your co-workers enjoy talking about, especially if you want to practice making small talk.
3. A football is brown and spherical-shaped with pointed ends. It’s also called a “pigskin” because it’s made from leather.
4. Canadian footballl rules are different than in U.S. football rules. (e.g. the field in Canada is bigger).
5. In football, 12 players, try to get the football into their opponents end zone, either through running or passing,defensive players try to block, or stop offensive players by tackling them.
6 Unlike soccer players, football players wear a lot of equipment that helps to protect players who get tackled and jumped on a lot.
7. A football game has two 45 minute periods. The break between the two periods is called half-time. During the Grey Cup there is usually a big half-time show.
9. At each goal line is a set of 40-foot-high (12 m) goal posts, which look like an “H” or a tuning fork.
10. White lines are drawn laterally across the field every 5 yards (4.6 m) from the goal line (these are called “yard lines”).
11. Play begins with a backwards pass through the legs (the snap) to the quarterback or
12. There are three different types of kicks: a “place kick” is when a ball is held on the ground by a teammate or on a kickoff placed on a tee; a “drop kick” is kicking a ball after bouncing it on the ground; a “punt” is kicking the ball after it has been released from the kicker’s hand and before it hits the ground
13. What’s a “down”? Each play constitutes a “down.” The offence must advance the ball at least 10 yards towards the opponents’ goal line within three downs (four downs in U.S. football) or the ball goes to their opponents. Once 10 yards have been gained the offence gains a new set of three downs.
14. In football a goal is called a touchdown and is worth 6 points, whereas a goal is soccer
15. Games are played outside in some parts of Canada, even in the snow.
16. Our yearly championship is called the Grey Cup, named for Lord Albert Henry Earl Grey, Governor General of Canada, who donated the trophy in 1909.Each year, it’s held in a different city across Canada.
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