Living by the principles is exhausting, so thought William Webb Ellis, who in April 1823 picked up the ball and ran to the opponent’s goal amidst a football match that was held in Rugby, a British town. An ordinary foul at the first glance, however turned to be the first ever mentioning of rugby. Since then the game has received wide popularity and even turned into an Olympic sport in the beginning of the twentieth century, and on the Olympics of 2016 rugby teams will be among the represented national groups. This type of sport demands high level of physical preparedness, and it is a hard game, so when two university teams wanted to compete against each other in New Brunswick in 1869, they decided to somewhat modify the rules by reducing the force component of the game, and putting some entertainment into the process, therefore creating a mix between rugby and European football. In such way the American football was born and it still holds the number one position among games in the U.S. Therefore, it can be stated that rugby was the predecessor of an American football, but with some important differences between the two games. Rugby is a team ball game sport, where the main idea is to place the ball in the opponent's in-goal. Football on the other hand has players moving towards the opponent's end zone to earn points in such way.
Rugby field has measurements of 328 feet long and 229 feet wide, with the expansion of transcripts zones to the narrow sides, which relate to the size of the field, and their length fluctuates in the reach of 32-72 feet. American football is played on a much smaller field, with its sizes being 360 by 160 feet. The entire point is that the college football field is separated into five divided intervals, which held over the robust lines, marked by 50 to 10. They show the distance left to run to "touchdown" for which points are given.
In Rugby there are fifteen individuals on the field in the meantime, which are constantly shifting. In American football there are just eleven players that do not shift, which makes the whole process more dynamic.
A single game in American football comprises of four parts of fifteen minutes each, with a little break between first and second, and between third and fourth parts. Between the second and third parts, the team has fifteen minutes to rest and regroup. In rugby match incorporates two halves of forty minutes each, yet after this time the game continues until an "out", or one of the players does not give a pass forward with his hands. Pauses take place only when health care is given, or when a video of the game is watched in order to resolve contentious issues, because as such, breaks are not provided according to the rules.
The use of power
In rugby the use of power is possible to be applied only in relation to the player who is holding the ball at that moment. On the other hand, a capture can be made to each team member on the field, regardless of who has the ball at the moment. The ball in the game has to be passed between two players, with the rest simply opposing each other.
Rugby players have the equipment that is not especially the same, as the gear offered for other sorts of football, with the exception of the U.S football. The power with which the ball is kicked in football is four times higher than in rugby, and likewise the velocity of the ball is higher.
The ball in rugby is regularly of the unusual shape, and that is the main thing that turned into the identification sign of this game for a lot of people. Actually, the ball is oval fit as a fiddle in both games; however, it is less pulled in American football, than in rugby, though in rugby the ball is bigger and heavier than in American brother sport. For rugby balls slippery synthetic materials are used, while as for American football natural leather is commonly utilized, with rough surfaces that allows the ball to be better kept by a player. Rugby ball is of a bright color, although for football the main characteristic is a specific leather lacing.
American football, unlike Rugby, can fold forward. Therefore, attacks in American football are more explosive, than in Rugby, which is the most important strategy of drawing. The idea is not so simple though, in American football after each attempt to move forward, only one goal is allowed. In rugby the ball is passed from player to player by using both hands, and legs. The main limitation is for the pass forward not to be done by hands. In college football you are allowed not only to pass, but it is necessary to do that, as it is the key component of the basic game combination, and in this sport you cannot fold down. Another important question is about the offense. In this regard, the rules of rugby regulate the rally like football. When you make the ball in play, a player needs to just knock him over to the enemy at least 32 feet. American football rules require each team four attempts to push the ball 10 yards toward the end zone of the enemy. If the team fails to do that, the initiative is passed to the opponent.
In this manner, the following differences between American football and rugby can be counted:
1. Rugby started in England in the early nineteenth century, while American football was discovered in America in the mid nineteenth century.
2. Rugby field is bigger than an American football field.
3. There are 15 rugby players on the field in the meantime, however only 11 people are playing American football.
4. Rugby match keeps going for 80 minutes in total, while football match is played for one hour.
5. Rugby ball is bigger, heavier, rounded and brighter. Ball for American football has a particular lacing that is the primary notable characteristic of it.
6. For a session of American football special protective equipment is required, as more force is applied while playing the game.
7. Passes forward in rugby cannot be done only by hands, but in football the ball is passed only by hands.
8. Body checking in rugby is possible only to the player with the ball, where as in American football the ball does not matter.