# Football... or football?

For each statement, guess whether it applies to international football (soccer), American football, or both.
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1. There is at least one player who can play with their hands
2. Each team can play with up to 11 players at the same time
3. A player can get a red card
4. A player can score a touchdown
5. You can score by kicking the ball
6. Penalty kicks can be awarded
7. Players can be a part of a "special teams" unit
8. Each team has one goalkeeper
9. Players sometimes kick the ball from the corner of the field
10. A player can be "offsides"
11. "Linebacker" is a position
12. The game clock starts at 0 and counts up
13. Many top players weigh over 300 pounds (136 kilograms)
21% of the players who played in the NFL in 2019 weighed at least 300 pounds
14. Officials use flags
15. It is also sometimes known as "gridiron football"
16. Field can be 120 yards long
17. In high level-games there is generally one referee and two assistant referees
American football has seven officials
18. Many top players come from Germany
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Level 75
Mar 4, 2020
Instead of saying "football." could you say soccer for the first option? Thanks.
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Level 86
Mar 4, 2020
I think that the idea of the quiz is to call them both football ;).
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Level 77
Mar 4, 2020
It is.
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Level 75
Mar 4, 2020
Yeah but it can be confusing when taking the actual quiz, especially as an American
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Level 77
Mar 4, 2020
Call the firsts one "Association Football" and the other "American Football". Problem solved - both are called football, but it is clear which one is which. That is actually where the term "soccer" comes from - an abbreviation of Association Football (as opposed to Rugby Football, American Football, Aussie Rules Football, etc).
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Level 89
Mar 4, 2020
The long form for soccer, "association football" then. "Paint drying" and "1-0 excitement" should also work.
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Level 56
Jun 14, 2022
@HinesBrothers here's a taste of what it's like being on this site as a non yank
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Level 60
Mar 4, 2020
Once in Europe I met people who called American football watermelon ball because they did not want to describe a different sport as football and thought it was confusing with two footballs. I would suggest that moniker to be used on the quiz.
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Level 68
Mar 19, 2020
driehoek25 Not really. No. Really not. But thanks for your time.
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Level 68
Mar 24, 2020
I've seen it referred to as "hand egg" as 1) the ball is picked up with the hands, not kicked by the foot; 2) the ball is clearly an egg, not a ball.
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Level 75
Mar 19, 2020
No. Not everything revolves around you, American.
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Level 34
Mar 19, 2020
Agreed
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Level 66
Mar 20, 2020
There is only one country that calls it soccer.
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Level 59
Mar 22, 2020
Incorrect. Along with the USA, there is also Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Ireland. Many countries also use variations of the word in their alphabets and language.

Here is a map.

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Level 78
Apr 6, 2021
The brits called it soccer well before the Americans did
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Level 58
Apr 6, 2021
The term 'soccer' was used just as much, if not more so, in Britain for most of the 20th century. It was only in the 1980s that the term started being pushed out, as it increasingly became to be seen as an American term (when it patently was not American!).
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Level 31
May 13, 2022
except for the fact that football is the correct spelling and the second should be american football?
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Level 45
Aug 8, 2022
Average yanks
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Level 62
Mar 4, 2020
Actually in "soccer football", in high level-games there is generally one referee and THREE assistant referees, plus the VAR
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Level 84
Mar 5, 2020
Technically, there are 5 + VAR. The fifth official kinda aids the fourth with any task deemed necessary.

But, basically, he's there to sub any assistant referee who for some reason can't continue the game (injury, sickness, etc.), or to sub the fourth official if the fourth has to sub the main referee (for the same reasons mentioned above).

However, that doesn't eliminate the fact that there's a main referee and there are two assistant referees... so that question is correctly made.

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Level 74
Mar 19, 2020
Yeah, this confused me as well so I picked american football since I have no idea how many refs they have
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Level 66
Mar 5, 2020
High level Football games generally has 6 referees. The one on the pitch, 2 assistants along the lines, 1 4th. official and 2 assistants behind the goals..
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Level 79
Mar 19, 2020
A lot of leagues got rid of the goal-line officials when VAR went into effect.
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Level 80
Oct 4, 2021
still means that there is a fourth official (3 assistant referees) + VAR
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Level 54
Mar 5, 2020
No player can be "offsides" in football, no one would ever say that. The term is offside.
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Level 85
Mar 5, 2020
I was wondering about that. Is it called "offsides" in American football? I've only ever heard it called "offside" in association football.
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Level 84
Jun 10, 2022
It is 'offside' in American football, also. But a lot of people say 'offsides' for no apparent reason.
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Level 35
Jun 27, 2024
Absolutely - can this be changed? 'offsides' is 100% not a term in football (don't know about American football)
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Level 84
Mar 5, 2020
And remember my friends, that football is a simple game: 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and, at the end, the Germans always win.
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Level 75
Mar 5, 2020
Correct. Even when Spain and Brazil are playing.
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Level 56
Mar 19, 2020
unless theyre in russia
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Level 50
Mar 20, 2020
Unless they play Italy
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Level 72
Sep 25, 2020
@martinz Underrated comment. There is kind of a trope that Germany wins unless Italy's on their road, Italy wins unless France's on their road and France wins unless there's Germany on their road.
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Level 58
Mar 6, 2020
In American Football, there is a corner kick. It's a punt directed at the "coffin" corner where the returner gets "killed."
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Level ∞
Mar 6, 2020
It's not really called a corner kick but I changed the question to avoid any possibly ambiguity.
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Level 68
Mar 19, 2020
It's not a corner kick, its' called an onside kick and as its name says it's kicked towards the side of the field, not the corner, at whatever length the team decides to kick it. The real goal is to mantain ball possession. If the other team makes no return but gains possession, the tactic actually backfires, because they get a much better starting field position. That's why it's to be considered a very high-risk-very-high-reward tactic.
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Level 91
Mar 19, 2020
No an onside kick is a kickoff. A coffin corner kick the originally poster mentioned is a punt. Completely different strategies used at different times in the game and under different conditions.
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Level 71
Mar 9, 2020
I ask this not to nitpick but to attempt to learn. For the flag question, I thought that Football officials used cards. Can someone please help out on this? Thanks!
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Level 84
Mar 10, 2020
Don't forget about the line judges.
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Level 70
Mar 12, 2020
In 'Soccer Football' the two linesmen use a flag to indicate the team that has the throw in when the ball goes over the line, and they use the flag wave to show a foul to the referee who then makes the decision on the punishment for the foul. The linesmen are also in charge of offside decisions and now the VAR is often used to determine the offside rule when a goal is scored that may be from a player who was in an offside position when the ball was supplied forwards to him by another team member. They also watch for corner kicks to see that the ball is positioned correctly and it does not go over be goal line for a goal kick or behind the actual goal line between the posts for a goal.
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Level 73
Mar 12, 2020
On the gridiron, rugby-style punters stuck deep in their own end can end up kicking the ball away from the corner of the field.
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Level 83
Mar 13, 2020
I don't think I've ever seen a punter kick "from" a corner, they simply don't do that. Their job is to kick the ball as far as they can, as quickly as they can, before they get creamed. Kicking from a corner just isn't an option or strategy.
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Level 67
Mar 19, 2020
This is a really tortured reading of the question. Corner kicks are not part of American football.
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Level 76
Mar 19, 2020
Hash marks. That would never happen. In Canada, maybe, because you get some bizarre game-ending plays in which teams kick the ball back and forth between each other. But not in the U.S., which is clearly what's referenced here.
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Level 58
Mar 19, 2020
'Offsides' is not a term ever used in football. It's 'offside'.
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Level 68
Mar 19, 2020
Totally agree.
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Level 66
Mar 19, 2020
Others have said it, but perhaps you could call them "Association Football" and "American Football."

I kept finding myself clicking "football" when I was meaning American Football and not soccer.

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Level 78
Mar 19, 2020
I think it'd be debatable that "many" top football players come from Germany. At least right now it doesn't seem to be the case.

For instance, this ranking (https://www.theguardian.com/global/ng-interactive/2019/dec/17/the-100-best-male-footballers-in-the-world-2019) of the 100 best football players in the world has the first German at position 21, with the next one occupying the 37th place.

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Level 78
Mar 19, 2020
Are many of the absolute crème de la crème Top 20 footballers, as of 2019, Germans? No. Does Germany have many top footballers compared to France, if you consider the very most recent national team performances? Rather not. Does Germany generally have many top footballers? Sure.
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Level 78
Mar 19, 2020
8 of The Guardian's top 100 footballers are German. They play for Bayern, Dortmund, Chelsea, Man City, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and Arsenal, all of which are top clubs. There is a substance which is evident even in one of their worst years in recent history. Especially if you have the comparison to American football. The answer to the question is clear as day.
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Level 56
Mar 19, 2020
The question about the length of the field is misleading. It's not standard to include end zones when referring to the length of an American football field (if that's what's happening here).
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Level 73
Dec 1, 2021
I don't think this is true at all. A football field is 120 yards long.
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Level 75
Mar 19, 2020
Please mention the length of the field in SI units as only British and Americans use the imperial.
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Level 48
Apr 17, 2021
I think the point is that "120 yards" is frequently associated with the length of an American football field (because the yards are literally marked)
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Level 89
Sep 17, 2021
I agree, @BlackJohn.

@KoljiVriVoda, it would be very helpful for those many of us who use the metric system to include both imperial and metric figures, for example:

"6. Field can be 120 yards (approximately 110 meters) long."

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Level 58
Mar 19, 2020
its so difficult to pick the right one! I kept clicking football when i meant american football.
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Level 66
Mar 19, 2020
When do referees in soccer use flags?? I thought they just used cards...
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Level 34
Mar 19, 2020
The main referee, who runs on the pitch, will use the yellow and red cards to punish players for fouls / handball etc, whilst the linesmen (people who run alongside the pitch) will use flags to show if players are offside, and to display the team to regain possession after the football goes off the pitch. Hope this makes sense...
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Level 44
Mar 22, 2020
This is from the days before they used headsets, and is still used today for the fans. It's a way of showing who gets the throw, if it's a goalkick or a corner, and to show if a player is offside. And also for other major offences.
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Level 73
Mar 19, 2020
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_catch_kick
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Level 51
Mar 19, 2020
You need to fix the numbers of referees question, that one stonks !
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Level 45
Mar 19, 2020
That was easy. You should half the time.
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Level 45
Mar 19, 2020
Saying "football" is confusing for both footballs, so I just call American football "barbaric idiots fighting for a ball made of a pig's hide". What do you think?
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Level 45
Mar 19, 2020
It was fun, though.
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Level 67
Mar 19, 2020
Lol, had 12 of the 18 correct. The 6 i messed up were all the 'both's. :P
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Level 58
Mar 19, 2020
Being American, I might be slightly biased, but when discussing a field, it is generally referred to as 100 yards, not counting the end zones. The question referring to that is a bit ambiguous, though I understand whichever answer it ends up being.
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Level 21
Mar 19, 2020
You can score in american football by kicking a field goal though
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Level 50
Mar 19, 2020
Damn I forgot about offside flags
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Level 66
Mar 20, 2020
Saying an American Football field is 120 yards long is a stretch and deliberately misleading. The ball is not live in the end zones. That is like saying any sports field can be infinity wide or long depending upon the stadium it is in.
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Level 73
Dec 1, 2021
This makes no sense, and it's not even true. Teams are allowed to possess a live ball in their own end zone. A football field is 120 yards long. And your logic makes no sense anyway. The end zone is part of the playing field; any out of bounds area is not part of the playing field.
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Level 44
Mar 20, 2020
It is offside in football, not offsides. That caused me to make one mistake. And please, use meters for football, since most people who watch it don't do Imperial system. Or use both measurements. And be correct on the number of match officials (that's what refs are called in football). It's one ref, two linesman, a fourth man, and possibly two assistens on the goalline, and also a VAR, depending on what competition it is.

And another small thing: Replace Germany with Brazil for top players. I think Brazil has had by far the most top players in the history of the game.

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Level 54
Mar 21, 2020
There are 4 main assistant referees in professional soccer not 2
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Level 23
Mar 23, 2020
nobody says offsides in football. its offside. honestly i thought that was a trick question so i got it wrong...
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Level 23
May 16, 2020
The American Football field is generally referred to as 100 yards long. Yes it is 120 yards if you include both end zones but the actual playing field is 100 yards long, so please change that to just soccer.
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Level 59
Jun 12, 2020
In association football you can be "offside" but not "offsides". I wouldn't have minded this mistake so much, but "offsides" was written in quotes, which implied that the answer was American football.
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Level 83
Jul 21, 2020
Football does not have offsides...it has offside
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Level 61
Sep 28, 2021
Q1 the goalkeeper can use both hands when playing football

Q2 Football has 11 players

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Level 82
Mar 5, 2022
120 yards in an American football field? That's debatable.
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Level 84
Jun 10, 2022
For those questioning the size of the field in American football, 2021 NFL rulebook, Rule 1 Article 1: "The game shall be played upon a rectangular field, 360 feet in length". 360 feet = 120 yards.
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Level 78
Aug 29, 2022
When are footballers (soccer players) every offsides? It's always just 'offside' right? I would've put both but the s confused me
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Level 60
Jan 28, 2023
I would just thank you from the deepest of my heart to have named it properly, football and not soccer, whatever Ricains can say about. Good quiz as well!
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Level 77
Feb 14, 2023
super confusing accidentally clicking "football" every time I meant American football, haha. "Association football" would fix that, and make it more even
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Level 82
May 3, 2024
Regarding a penalty kick, in American Football, the penalty for a "safety" is the defense is awarded two points and the offense must kick the ball to the defense to restart play. While the terminology of "penalty kick" is not used, the offense must kick the ball as part of the penalty.