Soccer is called Association football, or more commonly simply football in most of the world. In America, the word football refers to American football, which has more in common with rugby than with soccer.

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American Football versus Soccer comparison chart
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Time limit Four 15-minute quarters, with a half-time intermission after the second quarter. The game clock stops frequently between plays. 90 minutes. 45 minutes for each half of the game.there is added time to make up for time elapsed.
Number of players 11 players on the field at any point of time 11 players, including a goal keeeper
Object of the Game Object of the game is to score points by carrying the ball beyond the opponents touch line. (Each such instance is called a touch down). Also scoring by kicking it between the goal post called a Field Goal. To score goal. There is a goal at each end of the field. The object of the game is to put the ball in your opponents goal.
Major League National Football League (NFL) Barclay's Premier League (England), La Liga (Spain), Bundesliga(Germany), Serie A (Italy), Ligue 1 (France)
Countries USA World Wide
Ball A prolate spheroid which is about 11 inches (28 cm) long and about 22 inches (56 cm) in circumference at the center and weighs around 0.875lbs. A spherical ball
Current World Champions New England Patriots (2014 season) Germany
Substitution Unlimited 3 players per game
Player Size NFL player brandon banks 70 kg. (155 lbs.) was at one point 67 kg. (149 lbs.) is the lightest NFL player since 2010 while the largest NFL player was 162.3kg (358 lbs.) The largest running back is 122kg (268 lbs.) Brandon jacobs. any size. Taller players are preferred for defending
Number of Umpires / Referees 3 to 6 referees plus booth review 3 referees
Protective gear Helmet, Shoulder/Chest pad/protector, upper leg padding and mouthguard are rightfully required. Shin gaurds, Boots.
Highest governing body NFL FIFA
Major Tournaments NFL Playoffs World Cup, UEFA Champions League, FA Cup, Copa del Rey, DFB Pokal, Coppa Italia, Coupe de France
Contact sport? Yes; technically, collision sport Yes
What is it? American football is a game with intense physical aggression with players that have speed, power, and explosiveness that requires helmets and padding to be worn. Fútbol is a game with a huge variety of attributes required, suitable for all sizes of player. It is a world wide sport, with world wide appeal and many tournaments.

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