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Why American Football Is Better Than Soccer

Addressing the common criticisms levelled at the All-American sport, and why you might end up enjoying it more than Soccer.

5. Game Play Too Sparse

The wall street journal famously calculated that an average game lasts 3 hours and 12 minutes, but a mere 11 minutes is actual in-play action. I know that this sounds ludicrous but it is a testament to the game the upon revealing this statistic to any real NFL fan, they cannot quite believe it, such is the ability of the game to grip you and build suspense and momentum towards the frequently knife-edge finish. The most potent counter-criticism to those who admonish American Football for not flowing like Soccer is that every play matters. Every time they snap the ball to the quarterback, no matter the score is, that team is trying to get the ten yards for the first down. If he makes it, we are elated; if he doesn’t, we are disappointed. The perpetual flow of Soccer is flawed — how often do we witness the winning, dominant team keeping possession in the middle of the pitch, with no view of scoring again. In American Football you cannot sit back and soak up pressure like this. You are forced to keep going, keep trying to score because if you don’t, you risk giving up the ball to the opponent too close to your own end-zone.

☛ Positively Mental: Japanese Binocular Football

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