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Why does the North American Football League (MLS) have no form of relegation (Part 1)

As more and more stars flock to the American football league, such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney or Bastian Schweinsteiger. Along with the growth of American football in general, audience interest in this tournament has also increased, even among football fans.

The biggest difference between the North American football tournament and the rest of the world is that there is no promotion and relegation, which means that a team, even if it loses all season, will continue to participate next year. In addition, the best team in the rankings is not the championship team, but the championship is only determined after a series of elimination between the best teams in each region. The following article will show why, as well as interesting in this arrangement.

The first is how the tournament works (according to the 2017 season, since 2018 and 2019 the tournament is expanding, the format is not uniform). 22 teams will be divided into 2 domains (conference). For a club, they will play 2 or 3 matches against a team from the same region (23 matches total), and 1 match against a team from another region (11 games total). After 34 matches, each region selects the top 6 teams to enter the knockout series. Teams from the same region will compete on their own, until there are 2 remaining teams from the two regions competing to choose the champion. This means that the top team after a series of 34 games is unlikely to be the winner that season. And of course, the bottom teams will not be relegated or eliminated from the tournament.

One explanation for the organization above is that the North American football league is new, so there are few investors, so it is necessary to bring the teams to the top league in order to attract capital. And since there are many teams, it is difficult to have a circle match, so it is necessary to have a series of qualifiers. However, this explanation is correct but there is a lack of reason because the Japanese football tournament became professional at the same time as North America (Japan was 1992 and North America was 1994), but now it has maintained relegation between 3 classes. In addition, the North American league system also has the second and third division, only that there is no relegation between classes.

What is American football – Best answer for you (Part 2)

5. Types of bets available in American football:

* General rules of American football:

• The final result of the match is the result after the end of the 4th period, including any injury time.

• For bets on Half-time bets, the bet is considered valid when the playing time for each half is completed.

• Specific bets made for Round 4 results do not include overtime.

• NCAA Rules of Game Field: note the designation of the “Home” or “Guest” pitch. Bets are still valid regardless of venue changes, whether on the “Home”, “Away” or “Neutral” grounds.

• Overtime is counted in the result of the bet, except for the bets specified below.

• If a match takes place before the regular time of play, only bets placed before the match will be considered valid. Bets placed after the match starts will be void, except for in-play bets.

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* Types of bets in American football:

• Team to win: Bets to predict the team to win. This bet consists of two teams.

• Handicap betting means betting on which team will win a match/half, including the handicap.

• Handicap in betting: means betting on the team to win the match/half, including the handicap. The result is based on the final score after adding the handicap at the time the score started to be 0-0. The score at the time of placing a bet does not affect the outcome of the bet.

• Over / Under bets: Bet that is placed on the total of points to be scored above or below a predetermined factor of the casino.

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• Over / Under in Play: Bet that the total number of points scored is over or under a given factor of the house. The result is based on the final result, calculated from the time the score started to be 0-0.

• Odd / Even betting: This is the bet placed for the total number of points recorded as odd or even numbers. Betting results include injury time.

• Half-time / full-time bets: Bet on the team that has just won in the half and at the same time wins the match after the end of the 4th quarter. Betting results include injury time. This is also called a “Double result” bet.

Further:

• Handicap Differential Bets: Bets are settled based on the difference in scores of the two teams after the end of each 4 innings including injury time. Bets will be void if the match is abandoned at any time.

• First team scoring bets: Predict the team to score the first points in a match; Bets will still be valid if the match is abandoned after a team has scored;

• Bets will be void if no team scores at the time the match is canceled; Bets will be void if no team scores after 4 regular innings and injury time.

• Last Team betting: betting to predict the team will score the last points of the match. Predict the team that will score the last point of the match. If no team scores after 4 regular innings and overtime, all bets are considered void.

What is American football – Best answer for you (Part 2)

3. What is an American style football team?

Usually, the American football team has 53 people, and is divided into 3 small teams including offensive team, defense team and special team.

* Offensive Team (Offense Team)

• Center (C): serves (1 person)

• Guard (G): Midfielder (2 people)

• Tackle (T): Stripper (2 people)

• Quarterback (QB): A pitcher or a linger (1 person)

• Running back (RB): Midfielder (1 person)

• Wide Receiver (WR): The catcher (2 people)

• Tight end (TE): The stopper (2 people)

The seven rows of people on the pitch consisted of a center-serve man in the middle, flanked by two giant midfielders (guard), next to the two midfielders were two giant tackle, and on the outside were the two men ball (wide receiver).

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The captain (quarterback) will stand behind the server (center). Behind him is the central defender (halfback or running back) or defender (fullback).

The two tight-end guys will stand behind between the wide-receiver and the big tackle.

Although they can use different teams depending on the situation, the number of players in the upper row must be at least 5 people.

* Defense Team

It is similar to the attacker’s side where the players must concentrate to reclaim the ball from the attacking team.

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4. What is the rules of American football?

• A team only scores when the player of the team places the ball behind the goal line, or the goal line, to count.

• The method of scoring is as follows: putting the ball into the penalty area (touchdown) and placing it behind the goal line will get 6 points, then kicking the goal from a distance of 3 yards will be added 1 point or 1 touchdown from 3 yards will get 2 points. The free kick succeeds 3 points when the ball goes over two vertical columns into the crossbar.

• Players take turns to attack and defend. The attacking team is allowed to make 4 turns to get the ball to a distance of 10 yards.

• If no points are scored during that attack then the other team has the ball. Each time the right to change is changed, all 22 players of the two teams will be substituted.

• The team that loses the ball will replace all defensive players, while the previous defensive team will replace the attacking team.

• American football time: 60 minutes in a match, divided into 4 innings, except downtime (out of play), sometimes the total time on the field is up to 180 minutes.

• The ball is made of leather, weighs 400grams, oval, 2 white lines to look good but not in the NFL. The referee is also known as the “Zebra” for a white uniform, black stripes. Each match has 4 to 7 referees on duty.

THE MOST COMMON INJURIES WHEN PLAYING AMERICAN FOOTBALL

Among some popular sports nowadays, American Football is treated as the most dangerous one for many reasons. Players who take part in this sport should be equipped carefully to make sure that they will be protected from serious injuries. We list out some common injuries that you should take into consideration. Therefore you can have good preparation before participating a match.

  1. Hamstring 

It is the part from the back of the knee to the buttocks. It includes three muscle such as Semitendinosus (ST), semimembranosus (SM),biceps femoris ( long head BFLH – short head BFSH ). When you feel uncomfortable at the back of your thigh, it will be the clear symptoms of hamstring strain. Be careful not to bring the heavy things or else your problem will become more serious.

  1. Knee

NFL made a summary about bad injuries of players last year so that people can update the condition of their idols. According to it, knee injuries have topped the list for many years. As you may know, american football players have to use all their body parts to take the ball from opponents. Therefore , they have to face up to a lot of risks because this area has many moving parts. Many players had to miss other tournaments due to the pain in their knee which were very difficult to move.

  1. Ankle and foot
  • Ankle: If you usually read some news about sports, you may know that ankle injuries are the most popular one. Players who suffer from this pain have to leave the stadium for at least 2 months. Therefore, the injury will be recovered on time.
  • Nowadays thanks to the development of footwear, players feel assured when they have problem with the foot. The most suitable shoes will be prepared to help them have a good performance. 
  1. Shoulder

Quarterbacks are treated as the main reason that lead to injuries in shoulder. All players who take part in a match on the field find that it is not easy for them to get away from shoulder injuries. They have to contact with other opponents by landing on his shoulder after catching. 

  1. Leg

According to some NFL players, leg injuries are also the pain that they usually face up to. Legs play an important part in the career of a player. Thanks to it, they can move easily from one place to another. Anyone who have a good leg is likely to have more chance in catching the ball than another. Therefore, If they have leg injuries, they will not gain the opportunity to participate in the rest of NFL season

What is American football – Best answer for you (Part 1)

This is a popular competitive sport in the United States. This type of sport has a different way of playing and playing rules than the normal football we know.

In the United States, some of the main types of rugby are high school football, college football and professional football, which are basically the same but differ in some points from the rules.

To understand more about the American style of playing football, we need to know some basic information of this type of play, then I will talk more about the types of matches in American style football to you guys.

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1. What is an American style playing field?

American football playgrounds are 100 yards long (that is, about 91 meters, 1 yards = 0.91m), divided into 20 sections of 5 yards (4.55m) each – marked by 19 long white lines across the width of the pitch.

Between the long lines are 4 rows of short lines, each of 4 lines separated by 1 yard. The final section at each end of the court is called the end zone, which is 10 yards long, usually red diagonal and separated by a long white line called the goal line.

At the end of the penalty area (end-zone) is the end line, followed by the goal posts.

The pole is planted at the center of the course, 10 feet high, on the north with a 18-foot-6-inch-long crossbar, and the ends of the horizontal bars are two 30-foot-long vertical bars.

In all, football’s entire playing field is 120 yards (360 feet) long and horizontal is 53 1/3 yards (160 feet). From the goal line, every 10 yards, the pitch will be marked with a number of 10, 20, 30, 40 until the middle of the pitch is 50.

After this level, the court is marked back 40, 30, 20 and 10 until the other’s restricted area.

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2. What is the device used to play in American football?

• Shine: made of oval skin weighing 400 to 480g.

• Helmets: Helmets include inflatable cushions to protect the head, masks to protect the face, 2 earmaps on each side to protect the ears.

• Gloves: thick to protect the hands when disputes occur.

How the UK has embraced American football (Part 1)

With a total league revenue of over 13 billion US dollars, the National Football League (NFL) dominates the US sports betting world. Around 70% of respondents consider themselves a fan of the NFL. It’s a lot like the UK’s love for football.

With its popularity spreading from high-school level, through college, to the NFL, American football is of huge interest. Americans love the world of touchdowns, tailgates, and end zones. Despite its deep American affiliation – the clue’s in the name – American football is becoming more and more popular here in the UK. Let’s figure out why.

NFL expansion

The league itself has made huge efforts to broaden interest outside the U.S. Since 2007, The NFL London Games is the main attraction. Organized at Wembley and various other nearby stadiums, these games easily found on any markets. Attracting American football enthusiasts from around the country, independent of specific team alliances, there are now four games organized per season.

This was a successful move because it allowed any already existing UK fans to feel included in the NFL excitement. Rather than having to stream online or watch the few games shown on TV, they get to experience the atmosphere in-person. It’s easier to feel more involved when the game is right on your doorstep! UK fans can even buy season tickets which get them into all of the UK games.

Besides the games, the NFL put on tailgates and fan zones the same aa the ones they do in America. Not only is the NFL looking to sell the sport itself, but also the atmosphere and culture that associated with it.

Tottenham’s ten-year deal to host two games a year is a sign of the NFL’s commitment to its UK fanbase. The stadium has even gone so far as to craft a custom American football field that has been engineered to cover Tottenham’s own pitch.

Best American Soccer Players in the World Right Now (Part 3)

4—Fabian Johnson
Johnson has quickly become a fixture in the starting 11 for both the USMNT and his club in the German Bundesliga, Hoffenheim.

Johnson is still very young at only 24-years-old, and is versatile. He can play as an outside back, a winger and an attacking midfielder. He will be one of the key players for the USMNT for years to come.

3—Michael Bradley
For years, many USMNT fans unfairly criticized Michael Bradley’s inclusion in the national team set-up as nepotism because his father was manager.

Despite unfair criticism, Bradley has removed any doubt among any lingering haters with his play for club and country over the past year.

After a failed loan stint with Aston Villa, Bradley turned a solid season at Chievo Verona in Serie A into a move to Italian powerhouse Roma where he looks to become a consistent contributor to a powerful midfield.

For the USMNT, Bradley has emerged as the team’s deep-lying playmaker, particularly impressive in his passing in this summer’s friendly against Brazil.

2—Tim Howard
It wouldn’t be a USMNT game without the crowd chanting “Tim-my Howard!” after yet another big save.

A hero of the USMNT and Everton in the EPL for the last half decade, Howard’s ability to make brilliant saves keeps both the U.S. and Everton in games against superior opponents.

With the USMNT, Howard always gives the U.S. a chance to win and has been the rock of a defense that has undergone a lot of changes and experimentation over the past few years.

1—Clint Dempsey
Dempsey’s 23 goals for Fulham last season were part of the most prolific season ever enjoyed by a U.S. international in England and, prior to his ugly transfer saga this fall, made him a fan-favorite at Craven Cottage.

Dempsey has also been the most consistent goal scorer for the USMNT over the past year-and-a-half. His 28 international goals place him at fourth position in the list of highest goal scorer of all time for the USMNT. He only needs two more goals to catch fellow Fulham and USMNT legend Brian McBride and only six more goals to catch USMNT legend Eric Wynalda.

Best American Soccer Players in the World Right Now (Part 2)

Geoff Cameron
The former Houston Dynamo player has had a near-meteoric rise over the past year, turning a solid MLS season into a January USMNT call-up and then a move to England. He is now member of Stoke City, in his first two games he played as a central midfielder, Cameron’s smarts on the ball and physical prowess make him valuable in a number of positions.

Carlos Bocanegra
Is Bocanegra more than a few years on the wrong side of 30? Yep. Is he still invaluable to the USMNT? Yep.

Bocanegra’s leadership on the U.S. backline is one of those intangibles you only notice when he’s not on the field. Like in last Friday’s 2-1 loss to Jamaica.

In addition, Bocanegra had been an integral part of every club he’s ever played for: From the Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer, Fulham in the English Premier League, Rennes and Saint-Etienne in the French League, Rangers in the Scottish Premier League to Racing Santander in Spain.

Brad Friedel
Friedel has been retired from USMNT duty for a few years now, but the man dubbed “The Human Wall” for his performance with the U.S. in the 2002 World Cup is still going strong on the club front.

At the age of 41, Friedel has been an integral part of his team’s success at Blackburn, Aston Villa and now Tottenham, and holds the EPL record for most consecutive appearances.

Steve Cherundolo
At 33 years old, fans are always talking about how Cherundolo is nearing the end of his career, but the fact is, as Tuesday showed, he’s still getting it done.

The “Mayor of Hannover” captains his side in the German Bundesliga, no small accomplishment, and continues to beat out all comers for his spot in the USMNT’s starting 11.

Landon Donovan
Some fans have begun to sour on Donovan due to his less frequent, and to be fair, less impressive outings with the Nats over the past year. But Donovan is still one of the best American players and the most dominant players in MLS despite the league’s growth and improvement over the last decade. While he admits that he no longer has the passion for the game he once had, when he is in the mood, he can still put in a world-class performance, as he did last May.

Best American Soccer Players in the World Right Now (Part 1)

15—Jose Torres
Torres’s performance has been up and down during the recent USMNT, but he is still one of the best hopes for the Americans to have r a true “playmaking” midfielder. His inclusion in this list while not playing at his best is a testament to how shallow the American pool really is.

14—Sacha Kljestan
Kljestan has quietly rising to become a consistent performer for Anderlecht in the Belgian League and has been picking up to Europa League—and now Champions League. We all expect him to be called back into the USMNT camp sooner rather than later.

13—Jermaine Jones
On pure talent, Jones is probably sixth or seventh position on this list despite his propensity to do stupid things on the field. Both his club and internationally, have given him popular reputations as a dirty player and a hothead.

12—Maurice Edu
The former Rangers midfielder—now playing at Stoke City—is a consistent, if not flashy player. He always brings in an honest shift and is versatile enough that he can be called upon to compete in the back line when needed.

11—Danny Williams
This rating is probably a little high just because Williams has been had a few solid games recently for the USMNT. Besides, he has been a frequent call-up for the USMNT under Jurgen Klinsmann and the team has competed better with him in the lineup than without. The USMNT has won 62 percent of their games with Williams in the lineup under Klinsmann’s guidance. By comparison, Klinsmann’s has won 50 percent overall.

10—Herculez Gomez
It may not always be pretty, but the fact of the matter is, Herculez Gomez’ ability to score goals has made him a valuable player for both his clubs and his country. He has three goals in seven starts under Klinsmann’s guidance and has become trusted by the USMNT manager because of his honest effort every time he plays on the field.

Those missed the cut of “Best American Soccer Players in the World Right Now”

The not so amused part about your favorite team being an international team is the time players return to club football and the month-long wait until the next season of games.

As those Americans who were called up to the United States Male National Team return to their clubs, and those who weren’t called up got their breaks, let’s take a look at some that just missed the cut of the list “best American footballers in the world right now”.

To be honest, it’s easier to name the first 10 or 11 players, the rest of the competition gets pretty tight. So, let’s take a moment and recognize some of those who didn’t quite make the list, still they are certainly some of the top Americans out there right now.

Clarence Goodson—Goodson is a frequent USMNT call-up player and the current captain of Brondby in the Danish League. He certainly isn’t famous, but always puts in an honest style and is a constant offensive threat to opponents.

Eric Lichaj—For the past year, Lichaj has been making his way into the starting lineup at Aston Villa with more and more frequency. Jurgen Klinsmann is definitely worth to notice.

Graham Zusi—At 26, Zusi has long seen as a hot prospect, but if his performance keeps getting better, he is about to hit his full potential.

Josh Gatt—The speedy 21-year-old winger for Molde got his first USMNT call-up just before having to drop out of the squad due to injury. Surely, he is one of the best American youngsters playing football out there.

Terrence Boyd—The 21-year-old Rapid Vienna forward just begins coming into his own and is off to a red-hot start with his club. It’s only a matter of time until he turns out to be a huge star with the USMNT.

Jozy Altidore—His club form over the past year has been more than solid that get him to USMNT frequently.