American football

March 16, 2007 3:11am CST
Why is it called 'football' when the ball is carried for most of the time?
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6 responses
@laltu86 (1253)
• India
23 Mar 07
Very spectacular observation, i would say. Yes truly nowadays the ball is more in the hands either of the ref or of the players , clean football is a very rare thing nowadays. dont know when again we will see real Football, not Handball.
24 Mar 07
Hmm.. This is about American football in which the ball is mostly carried like in Rubgy. I think you are thinking about soccer (which is called football in the non - American world).
• United States
19 Mar 07
Interesting question. I never really thought about it before. Maybe we just wanted to be different or something. Who knows? I do know that I've been a Dallas Cowboy fan since I was five and have actually developed an interest in other teams as well because I enjoy watching the sport. I used to play with the boys when I was a kid and always played quarter back because they knew I was so small I could run the ball down the field between their legs. It was a lot of fun and the boys thought it was funny that a little girl liked football. I liked basketball, too, but since I was fairly small, my backyard was as far as I could go.
19 Mar 07
That's great! Of course the game here which is similar is rugby, and that is also played by women though it's a tough game, more so than American football I think because the players do not wear all that padding. Injuries are not uncommon.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
16 Mar 07
Isn't that the darnedest thing? I guess because you start the game by kicking it & when you have to turn over the ball you kick it again. Then there are those field goals.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
16 Mar 07
can't call it kick ball, there's a game by that name already
• India
16 Mar 07
Ball may b carried most of the time .....but u need legs to run right......he he
16 Mar 07
Maybe it should be called legball then :) :)
@coolricky (137)
• India
16 Mar 07
I think its called so because ball is kicked too along with carrying.
16 Mar 07
Same as in Rugby though.
• Singapore
16 Mar 07
it is call 'football' only in American,, it these part of the world it is known as Rugby.. IT SHOULD BE A BETTER NAME THAT BOOTBALL.........
16 Mar 07
Thanks for your response. I ask the question as a puzzled Briton :)