Generally, American football games generally last much longer than usual 80-minute long rugby matches. As the pitch is reset after every tackle in American football, this is usually much slower-paced that the more intense rugby game, where play typically stops for just as long as it takes your opponent to get back on their feet and return the football to the offense. The two teams are then given a score depending on the number of scoring receptions, tackles, or yards gained. The match is then continued until one team has scored more points than the other.
Due to the nature of the game, injuries to players are rare. Typically, every player on an American football team is required to take a minimum of football classes to stay in peak physical condition. Players are tested thoroughly before they are allowed to participate in the game. Even players who make the team are tested before they are put on an actual game day roster.
In American football there are two different playsets, the running and the passing play. Both require various skills, from quick decisions and decision making to superior coordination, strength, and agility. Within each play, players are evaluated based upon a number of measurements before being placed onto a team. For example, wide receiver is evaluated by statistics such as reception rate, yards per catch, and the times that they are the most targeted. Defense players are evaluated by statistics such as sacks, tackles, and quarterback sacks.
Each player’s position in American football is determined by the American football league before the start of every season. Quarterbacks are usually under the most scrutiny, but every position on the field must be kept in great shape and ready for action at any moment. Every snap counts in American football, so a strong and fit quarterback is absolutely necessary. The offensive line consists of three different players, guards, tackles, and center. All three members of the offensive line must be able to protect the quarterback at all times.
The game of American football is very fast paced, and the players are always moving. It’s impossible for a defensive player to slow the game down or learn his responsibilities in the game. Therefore, the starting defensive line must be strong and fit to hold down the center, while bringing down runners. At the tackle position the position players are responsible for creating big plays after the snap.
Passing is the backbone of American football. Every play starts with the quarterback taking a snap and throwing the pigskin to one of two wide receivers or tight ends. Depending on the system that the coach is using, the receiver or tight end might be protected behind a formation of offensive line. If not, the quarterback will have one of two options, throw the ball downfield to one of the skill players (usually a running back) or try to run around the defense for a touchdown.
Rugby has its own version of the passing game called the forward passing. Unlike American football, rugby allows the quarterback to have a bigger radius of influence on the play by using both his feet and his legs. There are many different types of passes in rugby that depending on how the ball is delivered. However, one of the more common types is the hook kick which involves spreading the football far apart with a number of players on each side.
The game of American football field is just one of many that can be played between two teams of fifteen players each. This format is also used in many different sports including baseball and basketball. However, the larger game, rugby, uses less than fifteen players in most cases. When you add the fact that rugby is played in front of dozens of fans and hundreds of spectators, it’s easy to see why the field may be the smallest.