football

Football is a sport. American football is played with an oval ball and the football players tackle each other. In the rest of the world, football is actually soccer. A football also refers to the ball itself.

Football is a game in which players, wearing helmets and protective padding, run while holding the ball and pass by throwing it to teammates, and occasionally try to kick the ball through the goalposts. Players also smash into each other, hence the helmets and padding. Soccer, also known as football, involves players kicking the ball with their feet — only the goalkeeper can touch it with her hands. In both sports, at some point a foot hits the ball.

Definitions of football
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n 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
Types:
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American football, American football game
a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays
professional football
football played for pay
rugby, rugby football, rugger
a form of football played with an oval ball
association football, soccer
a football game in which two teams of 11 players try to kick or head a ball into the opponents' goal
touch football
a version of American football in which the ball carrier is touched rather than tackled
Type of:
contact sport
a sport that necessarily involves body contact between opposing players
field game
an outdoor game played on a field of specified dimensions

n the inflated oblong ball used in playing American football

Type of:
ball
round object that is hit or thrown or kicked in games

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