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American football

American football

noun

a game in which two teams of 11 players throw, carry, or kick an oval ball (=shaped like an egg) and try to cross their opponents’ goal line. The American word is football.

bowl

noun

used in the names of important American football games, played at the end of the season between the most successful teams

conversion kick

noun

in rugby and American football, an occasion when a ball is kicked over a high bar in order to score more points

end zone

noun

the part of an American football field where you have to take the ball to score points

field goal

noun

in American football, a goal scored by kicking the ball over a pole called a crossbar

football

noun

American football

football player

noun

someone who plays American football, especially as their job

fullback

noun

in American football, the offense position behind the quarterback, or a player in this position

gridiron

noun

a field on which American football is played

gridiron

noun

American football

guard

noun

in American football, a player who plays next to the centre

halfback

noun

in American football, the player next to the fullback and behind the front line at the start of a game

homecoming

noun

a celebration once a year at schools and universities when alumni (=people who went to the school before) return for parties and an American football game

huddle

verb

if American football players huddle, they come together during the match in order to plan their next play

huddle

noun

a group that American football players form during a game in order to discuss their next play

linebacker

noun

in American football, a player who is part of the team’s defence and plays from behind the front line of players

place kick

noun

a kick of the ball in rugby or American football while the ball is on the ground or being held by a player

punt

noun

the action of dropping a ball from your hands, and kicking it in the air, especially in the game of American football

punt

verb

to drop a ball from your hands and kick it, especially in the game of American football

QB

noun

a quarterback

quarterback

noun

an important player in the sport of American football who gives instructions to other players

the Rose Bowl

an American football game played each year on January 1st in Pasadena, California

rush

verb

to carry the ball forwards in the game of American football

rush

noun

in American football, an attempt to move the ball by running with it

sack

verb

to push down the quarterback in the sport of American football

sack

noun

an occasion when someone pushes down the quarterback in the sport of American football

the Super Bowl

an American football game played every year in the US to decide which professional team is the winner of the National Football League. It is played on a Sunday known as Super Bowl Sunday and is watched on television by millions of Americans.

tackle

verb

to take hold of an opponent in a game such as rugby or American football and stop them from moving forwards, usually by forcing them to the ground

tackle

noun

an attempt to stop an opponent from moving forwards in a game such as rugby or American football, usually by forcing them to the ground

touchdown

noun

the act of scoring points in American football by taking the ball over the other team’s goal line

touch football

noun

an informal type of American football in which players do not tackle each other (=knock each other to the ground) but they can touch each other

yardage

noun

the number of yards that a team or player moves forward in a game of American football

out of bounds

outside the playing area in some sports such as American football or basketball

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any random process, such as a competition in which a name is drawn from a hat

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