football? or handball?
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Posted 5/5/15
I've been wondering for a while.
Don't you think, American Football should be called Handball instead of Football?
I mean...most of the time players are using the hands to control the ball instead of using the feet
I know this kind a weird question, but I just found it curious
What do you think?
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I'm fine with that if the rest of the world will call their version of football soccer. I think that's a fair compromise
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There is no need to change the name. It would create more confusion that it's worth.
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Posted 5/5/15
calling it handball is banter

but yeah, the real football is this one

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- http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-898625/why-do-americans-call-it-football

Some reference on one or the other. The TL;DR of it all is that American "football" is loosely based off Rugby and that the Brits coined the word "soccer" and are to blame for its usage.

- This Is Why We Call It 'Soccer,' Not 'Football'
- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/13/soccer-not-football-_n_5492714.html

The word "soccer," which is believed to have originated in Britain some 200 years ago, comes from the official name of the sport, "association football." As other versions of the game evolved to include Rugby Football, it is believed the Brits adopted colloquialisms to distinguish each game.

"The rugby football game was shortened to 'rugger,' a term recognized in British English to the present day, and the association football game was, plausibly, shortened to 'soccer'" Szymanski writes. (Apparently ending words in "er" was a fad back then.)

Gradually, the term "soccer" gained popularity in the U.S. to distinguish the sport from American football. By the 1980s, the Brits began to part with the term, apparently, because it had become too "American."


- Why is American football called football, given that most of the activity involves the hands?
- http://www.quora.com/Why-is-American-football-called-football-given-that-most-of-the-activity-involves-the-hands

The missing link here that makes it make sense is rugby. Or, as it used to be more commonly known... wait for it... rugby football.

Before The Game Sometimes Known As Soccer was THE "football", it was one of several variants of "football" -- soccer was "association football", rugby was "rugby football", there's also Australian rules football, Gaelic football, etc. Association football won the popularity war and became the game we now generically think of as "football", but there was a time when it was just one of many such games.

American football? Well, if you study the games, it's pretty clear that American football has strong rugby DNA in its roots. So if you view rugby as American football's uncle, then it's still part of the more generic "football" family, even if much less of that game is played with the feet and even if the term "football" has come to mostly be tied to "association" football.

- Football (US)
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_(word)#United_States

In the United States, the word "football" usually refers to the sport of American football, a variation of gridiron football. However, as in Canada, "football" refers to soccer if the game is neither Canadian nor American in context.

The sport of association football is commonly called "soccer" in the United States. Despite evidence of the sport being called "football" in the late-1800s/early-to-mid-1900s in the country and having a then-significant popularity, soccer has been lacking a nationwide popularity throughout the 20th century, having a significantly smaller mainstream audience than its gridiron counterpart and other popular sports in the USA.

Despite the earlier obscurity soccer does have a considerable following, particularly among younger people and immigrant or immigrant-born first generation families from countries whose cultures are tied closely to the sport.[50] Recently soccer has surged interest in the mainstream audience starting with the United States hosting the World Cup in 1994.

Rugby union is generally known as Rugby, with the "union" name rarely used. Gaelic football and rugby league have very small, albeit growing, numbers of adherents. Most people in the United States are not usually aware of the distinction between rugby union and rugby league, and consequently both are referred to simply as "rugby".

Because of the number of American players in the Canadian Football League, a small number of Americans follow Canadian football, which is occasionally broadcast on American cable channels. Because of the similarity between American and Canadian football, many people in both countries do not consider the two styles of football separate sports per se, but rather different codes of the same sport due to their shared origin.


Also:

- Why Americans Call Soccer 'Soccer'
- http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/06/why-we-call-soccer-soccer/372771/

- Historians reveal why America calls the game that the rest of the world calls football 'soccer' - and find the British are to blame
- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2657548/A-game-two-names-Historians-reveal-America-calls-football-soccer-British-blame.html
Posted 5/5/15
handball is already a sport on its own right though, lol.


Maybe they can call it Hugball. since they hug the ball?
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Let's take it a step further and call it "Grown Ass Men That Act Like Children but Get Paid Millions" ball.

But seriously, blame the Brits. Always gotta be a part of history...

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Posted 5/6/15
Well considering all the sports memorabilia out there you would have to change a lot of stuff to HBL instead of the NFL, i doubt the NFL is about to pay out the cash to do that, it wouldn't be cost effective in the long run.
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This is a huge misconception. You play Futbol with your feet, but Football is not named the same way, it is named after the length of the ball. Simple as that.
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Posted 5/6/15
Football.
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Posted 5/6/15
As Hairbelly pointed out, there's another thread on this topic, so this one is now closed, sorry. Please feel free to join in on the existing thread!
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