This article is about gridiron football played at an amateur level in the United States. For other uses, see NCAA American Football  (Chaos).

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Confused with college football.
College football is gridiron football that consists of American football played by a team of student-athletes by American universities, colleges, and military academies, or by a team of student-athletes selected by Canadian universities. It was through playing college football that the rules of American football first gained popularity in the United States.

NCAA American Football

Like most sports in North America, there is no small league firm organization in American or Canadian football. Thus, college football is generally considered to be the second tier of American football in the United States and Canadian football in Canada; One step ahead of the high school competition and one step ahead of the professional competition. However, in some parts of the country, college football is more popular than professional football, [1] and in the early twentieth-century college football was seen as more prestigious than professional football.

It is in college football where the performance of a player directly affects his chances of playing professional football. The best collegiate players usually announce the professional draft after three to four years of collegiate competition, the NFL holding its annual draft every spring where 256 players are selected each year. Those who are not selected can still try to land an NRFL roster spot as an unsold free agent.

Even after the rise of the Professional National Football League (NFL), college football was prevalent throughout the United States. [2] Although college players have a much larger margin of merit than their opponents, a large number of fans follow the prominent colleges and provide a financial equivalent for the game. The first programs of the department - the highest level - play in huge stadiums of which six are. It has a seating capacity of more than 100,000 people. In many cases, college stadiums employ bench-style seats as opposed to separate seats with back and armrests (although many stadiums have a number of chairback seats in addition to the bench seats). This allows them to seat more fans in a given amount than a normal professional stadium so that the fans have more features and comfort. (Only three stadiums owned by colleges or universities in the United States - Cardinal Stadium at the University of Louisville, Georgia State Stadium at Georgia State University, and FAU Stadium at the University of Florida Atlantic - consist entirely of chairback seating)

College athletes, unlike NFL players, are not allowed to be paid by the NCAA. Colleges are only allowed to provide non-financial compensation such as athletic scholarships that provide tuition, accommodation, and books. [3]

Rugby football in Great Britain and Canada

The origins of modern North American football lie in a variety of games, all known as "football," played in public schools in Great Britain in the mid-nineteenth century. In the 1840s, rugby school students played a game in which players were able to pick up the ball and play with it, later known as rugby football. The game was taken to Canada by British troops stationed there, and the game began in Canadian colleges.

The first documented gridiron football match was played on November 9, 1861, at the University College of Toronto. One of the participants in this game involving students from the University of Toronto was (Sir) William Mulk, later the Chancellor of the school. Soon after, a football club was formed at the university, although the rules of the game were unclear at this stage.

In 1864, at Trinity College, a college at the University of Toronto, f. Barlow Cumberland and Frederick A. Bethune made the rules based on rugby football. 18 In Canadian65, British Army officers are believed to have started playing Canadian football in Montreal when local civilians went to play. The game gradually achieved the following, and the Montreal Football Club became Canada's first recorded non-university football club in 1868.


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Early games seem to have been associated with "mob football" in Great Britain. Games remained largely unorganized until the 19th century when introverted football games began to be played on college campuses. Each school played a different type of football. Princeton University students played a game called "Balloun" in the early 1820s. The Harvard tradition, known as the "Bloody Sodom", began in 1827 with a mass of girls.

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