Rugby vs American Football
It is easy to say that American Football and Rugby are similar games as they share same origins but there are stark differences between the two that cannot be overlooked. Let us see these differences.
• American football is so called as it is mainly played in the US, whereas rugby is a sport that is played all over Europe, Australia and Africa.
• While players wear a lot of heavy protective gear in American football, only modest padding on head and shoulders is allowed in rugby.
• In American football, unlimited substitution is allowed whereas in rugby only up to 7 substitutions are allowed.
• A team consists of 11 players in American football whereas 15 players make up a team in rugby.
• There is one umpire and 6 other referees in American football whereas in rugby there are 3 umpires and a video referee
• While the objective in both the games is to take the ball past the opponent’s goal, it is called a touch down in American football but called a try in rugby.
• The size of the field in American football is 109.7 x 48.8 meters whereas in rugby it is 100 x 70 meters
• There are 4 15 minute game plays with an interval after two quarters in American football whereas there are two 40 minute halves in rugby.
• The premier championship in American football is called National Football League (NFL) and in rugby there are two major championships called Rugby League and Rugby Union.
• The size of the ball, which is spheroid in shape, is also different in the two sports