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The History of Football Football is a team sport played mostly in the US and in Canada Mostly high school college and professional teams play it Millions of people each year crowd stadiums to watch their favorite teams play Millions of people also watch football games at home on television The ancient Greeks played a form of football called Harpaston and the Romans played a similar game called Harpastum But most modern versions of football originated in England The first professional football game in the United States took place in 1895 in the town of Latrobe Pennsylvania The game was between a team from Latrobe and a team from Jeannette Pennsylvania In the next ten years many professional teams were formed The first league of professional football teams was the American Professional Football Association which was formed in 1920 The admission fee was 100 per team But in 1922 the American Professional Football Association gave way to the National Football League Which is the league used today The National Football League has been in operation since 1920 The NFL consists of 30 or so teams which represent a city or state in the US The NFL is divided into two conferences the American and the National conferences The teams in the NFL play sixteen regular season games The teams with the best wonlost records go to the playoffs The playoffs determine who the conference champions are Then the two conference champions play in a final title game called the Super bowl Most NFL teams get college players through what is called a Draft The first choice goes to the team with the worst overall record in their league The Super Bowl winners pick very last If a college player is not drafted he may still sign with any professional team The object of the game is to score points by carrying the ball across the goal line
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