American football is a sport that was born in Rugby City, Warwickshire, England in 1823. Association of European Rugby (FIRA in French Fédération Internationale de Rugby Amateur), was established in 1934. FIRA, the unofficial world championship, was first held in 1960.
American football is popular in many countries, including Argentina, Australia, England, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Wales, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Fiji, Georgia, Japan, Namibia, Portugal, Romania, Samoa, Tonga, the United States, Uruguay, etc. In addition, Rugby League is less popular and mostly played in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
The origin of American football
The origin of American football is said to have come from a controversy. This happens during the English school football match at Rugby School in 1823 when William Webb Ellis picked up the ball with his hand and kept the ball at his side. Although evidence of this story has not yet been released, however, it still became immortal at this school because a memorial board was attached in 1895. And although people still have doubts about the story, the Rugby World Cup trophy is officially named after Webb Ellis.
Former Rugby student Albert Pell, who later studied at Cambridge, was considered the first founder of the American football team. In the beginning, each school had different rules for playing this sport.
An important event of American football in the early days was the birth of the first hand-written of this sport’s rule. It was at Rugby School in 1845 and was followed by the ‘Cambridge law’ in 1848.
World Cup and professionalization
1987 was the first year the American football World Cup was held with Australian and New Zealand hosts. In this first match, the winning team was New Zealand.
The Tri-Nations tournament, consisting of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, has been held annually since 1996.