American football or NFL is well known as the most favorited and popular sport in the USA. It is not only developed in this nation but also famous for many international fans.

In this article, we will discuss some major events in history of American football.

Origins of American football

In the late 19thcentury, some students in North American universities created a new game under inspiration from rugby and soccer which was called as “gridiron football”. This game was played at the rectangular pitch where there were vertical yard lines around.

However, in the first period, American football was a little brutal and chaotic to challenge young students in colleges. It happened serious injury rate after the match. Furthermore, it was also a mix and match rules in soccer and rugby so it looked disorder and un-organized.

The first match in American football

According to documents, the firstly official match was accepted between Princeton and Rutgers in 1896. Both college teams were from the north-eastern. Finally, Rutgers became winners. 

However, spectators can’t realize the first match in American football because the rule was completely different from nowadays. They used hands to kick or throw ball to the scoring zone.

Through leagues and times, rules in American football has been dramatically improved and changed to become perfect as nowadays.

When American football turned into profession

During growth of the society, some American football matches were organized at some colleges in the North, then spreading to other areas in the USA.

In 1892, there was a significant event to remark the professional era of football. William was paid $500 to play a match against Allegheny Athletic Association. It was considered as the birth certificate of pro football. 

Then American football teams focused on practicing and playing to earn money more.

In 1895, the first professional game between Latrobe Athletic Association and Jeannette Athletic Club met under pro method. Furthermore, players also were paid salary as if they worked official jobs. 

When it comes to famous sports in the world, everyone probably thinks of the football. But for the United States, football is not the top sport of this country.

So what is the favorite sport in this country? If you are also wondering this, then let’s explore right through the article below.

Basketball (NBA)

Basketball is known as a fighting sport between 2 teams, each team has 5 people. The goal is to score a lot of points by putting the ball in the opponent’s basket legally and defending so that the opponent does not get the ball into the basket.

This is the most popular sport in the US and China. In the media and through sports programs on television, we have known one of the oldest basketball tournaments in the US – the NBA – is a professional basketball tournament with the presence of of the top players in the world.

Baseball

As one of the most favorite sports in America, baseball makes people remember America more than football. Baseball is played well by people of average height and weight. Therefore, they are considered by the Americans to be a democratic sport.

Major League Baseball (MLB) is the professional sports organization for baseball in the United States and Canada. Major League Baseball has a total of 30 teams from different states of the United States and Canada (29 teams from the US and 1 team from Canada). These 30 teams are divided into 2 different tournament systems, American League (AL, roughly translated as American League) and National League (NL, roughly translated as National League) with 15 teams for each tournament.

Rugby (NFL)

Rugby is considered the No.1 sport in the US and it has a greater attraction than football. It is a popular team sport in this country. The National Football League, or NFL for short, is an American football tournament for men, comprising 32 participating teams. The tournament was started in 1920 and went through two mergers with the AAFC and AFC.

The tournament takes place from the first Thursday of September and ends the first Sunday of February next year. The tournament has 3 stages: the beginning of the season takes place about 2 weeks at the end of August, the official season takes place in 3 months to the new year and the playoffs take place in 1 month of the new year. The final is called the Super Bowl and is considered an unofficial festival in the US. The sport has become the No.1 sport of this country and is an indispensable spiritual dish of the American people.