As you all know, the popularity of a sport depends on where in the world you live. This became apparent to me when the EURO2012 games started. Soccer is far more popular in Europe than it is in the United States. Additionally, Canada is far more into hockey than many areas of the US. In the states the majority of people like football or basketball. There are also those people that love baseball and hockey too.
On Wednesday night a group of INTERNeX candidates, along with a few others, went to eat dinner together. The restaurant we were at was playing a British Columbia Lions game. It sparked a discussion about the differences between American football (NFL) and Canadian football (CFL). As I tried to explain the differences, I even confused myself!
The BC Lions are the Canadian Football League (CFL) team in British Columbia. The NFL and CFL are very similar. The object of the game and the scoring is almost exactly the same. There are definitely a few differences between the two.
First, the size of the field is different. The Canadian field is about 100 meters (110 yards) long and about 60 meters (65 yards) with two 18.5-meter (20 yard) end zones. The American field is about 91.5 meters (100 yards) long and about 49 meters (53.5 yards) wide with two 9-meter (10 yard) end zones. Canada also allows 12 players on the field during play, whereas in the US you can only have 11. In the states the teams get 4 plays to get 10 yards and in Canada they only get 3. In the CFL teams can also score a rouge, or single, which does not exist in US football. There are other differences as well but those are the main differences.
You can visit this website if you would like to learn more about the differences! Canadian Football vs. American Football