How Are Soccer And Football Alike?
Ever wanted to know how soccer and American football are alike? There are similarities and they aren't hard to find. You just have to see what basic things link the two sports together and go from there with your evaluations. Below are the aspects of both sports that seem to have a common bond.
- Both use a ball and a goal as basis for a scoring system. People don't realize that American football also has goals just like soccer, but just in a different way. A "field goal" is a type of goal where you place kick a football between to upright poles to score three points. Another way goals are scored in football is by way of "touchdowns". A touchdown is really a goal scored that results in six points. When a football player crosses that white line called the "goal line," he is really scoring a goal. The reason why people don't see this because the goal seems invisible. It isn't a goal with a net like soccer, basketball or hockey, where it is clearly visible to everyone.
- There is a strategy to both games, using offense and defense. Both games have strategy for scoring goals and preventing goals to be scored by opponents. The defenses use are very similar in some ways. In soccer and American football, both zone and man to man are used as defensive techniques. On offense the strategies of isolation plays, flooding zones and crossing routes are similar in both sports.
- Both games are played on massive fields usually outdoors. The soccer field is a little bigger than a football field, but they are both still huge compared to other playing surfaces in other sports. Both sports play on either grass, artificial turf or field turf, although most stadiums now have totally abandoned the use of artificial turf altogether.