American Football

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A game traditionally referred to as a ‘collision’ sport with eleven players on each team in protective kit, the schools format is a safe, inclusive non-contact version between two teams of five players called Flag Football. This award-winning tag version offered by BAFA provides both competition and festival formats to suit pupils of all abilities.

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American Football

The Basics

  • Each team aims to outscore the other, predominately by scoring ‘touchdowns’ – which involves carrying the ball into the opposition’s end-zone, similar to in rugby.
  • Each team has an offence and a defence. Only one of these will be on the field for any one team at the same time. The offence has four attempts (downs) to move the ball the required distance, or else they surrender possession to the opposition. 


  • The most renowned event in American Football is the Super Bowl, an annual event which has been held each year since 1967 as the culmination of the National Football League (NFL) season.
  • The most successful teams in the sport’s history are the Pittsburgh Steelers & New England Patriots, both with six Super Bowl victories. The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers have also both won on five separate occasions. 
  • The NFL currently hosts multiple regular season games in the UK as part of their International Series. The Jacksonville Jaguars are the only team in the NFL to play one home game each season taking place at the iconic Wembley Stadium alongside one other fixture. Playing the first home game in London in 2013 the Jags have established a grassroots programmes titled ‘JagTag’ delivered across the UK to over 51,000 children. The new Tottenham stadium also has a purpose-build arena that now hosts two additional NFL games each year.

Famous Competitors

  • Tom Terrific Brady – the New England Patriots quarterback is perhaps the best known superstar that the sport has produced in the modern-day era, having led his team to six Super Bowl championships (nine appearances) since his debut in 2000. He has also been selected for one of the two NFL Pro Bowl (All-Star) teams on fourteen occasions.
  • Joe Montana – a four-time Super Bowl champion with the San Francisco 49ers, predominately in the 1980s, ‘the Comeback Kid’ gained notoriety across the world for his ability to claw victory from the jaws of defeat, most famously in the 1989 Super Bowl, when the 49ers scored two touchdowns in the final quarter to earn a 20-16 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. 

National Governing Body

British American Football Association (BAFA) – please click here for more information.


  • Intra-School Primary: Challenge Cards
  • Intra-School Secondary: Challenge Cards
  • Local Inter-School: Competition & Festival Cards 

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