What is football?

  • (noun): The inflated oblong ball used in playing American football.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Football

Football refers to a number of sports that involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball with the foot to score a goal. The most popular of these sports worldwide is association football, more commonly known as just "football" or "soccer". Unqualified, the word football applies to whichever form of football is the most popular in the regional context in which the word appears, including association football, as well as American football, Australian rules football, Canadian football, Gaelic football, rugby league, rugby union and other related games. These variations of football are known as football codes.

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Some articles on football:

Zlatan Ibrahimović - Early Life
... After receiving a pair of football boots, Ibrahimović began playing football at the age of six, alternating between local junior clubs Malmö BI and FBK Balkan ... At the age of 15, Ibrahimović was close to quitting his football career, in favour of working at the docks in Malmö, but his manager convinced him to continue playing ... soon dropped out of high school to focus on his football career ...
Arsenal F.C.
... Arsenal Football Club is an English Premier League football club based in Holloway, London ... in 1886 in Woolwich and in 1893 became the first club from the south of England to join the Football League ... Arsenal is the fourth most valuable association football club in the world as of 2012, valued at $1.3 billion ...
Arsenal F.C. - In Popular Culture
... between Arsenal's first team and the reserves was the first football match in the world to be televised live ... As one of the most successful teams in the country, Arsenal have often featured when football is depicted in the arts in Britain ... They formed the backdrop to one of the earliest football-related films, The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (1939) ...
Drop Kick
... A drop kick is a type of kick in various codes of football ... Association football goalkeepers also often return the ball to play with drop kicks ... once in wide use in both Australian rules football and gridiron football, but is today rarely seen in either sport ...
Gaelic Football - History
... Gaelic football was first codified in 1887, although it has links to older varieties of football played in Ireland and known collectively as caid ... some people to refer to present day Gaelic football ... The first record of any form of football being played in Ireland comes from 1308, when John McCrocan, a spectator at a football game at Newcastle, County Dublin was charged with ...

More definitions of "football":

  • (noun): Any of various games played with a ball (round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal.
    Synonyms: football game

Famous quotes containing the word football:

    People stress the violence. That’s the smallest part of it. Football is brutal only from a distance. In the middle of it there’s a calm, a tranquility. The players accept pain. There’s a sense of order even at the end of a running play with bodies stewn everywhere. When the systems interlock, there’s a satisfaction to the game that can’t be duplicated. There’s a harmony.
    Don Delillo (b. 1926)

    ...I’m not money hungry.... People who are rich want to be richer, but what’s the difference? You can’t take it with you. The toys get different, that’s all. The rich guys buy a football team, the poor guys buy a football. It’s all relative.
    Martina Navratilova (b. 1956)

    In football they measure forty-yard sprints. Nobody runs forty yards in basketball. Maybe you run the ninety-four feet of the court; then you stop, not on a dime, but on Miss Liberty’s torch. In football you run over somebody’s face.
    Donald Hall (b. 1928)