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Gridiron football (or more commonly, just gridiron) is a term used in some countries outside the United States and Canada that refers to both American football and Canadian football. The term came about after it was observed that the field of play in each sport, because of the many lines marking it, resembles a gridiron. According to certain early rules of American football, some fields were painted with square-like "grids" of demarcation. The ball would be snapped in the "grid" it was downed in on the previous play. This was left in favor of the system of yard lines and hash marks used to the present. An example of a field that was painted with such a "grid" pattern is the old Archbold Stadium at Syracuse University, which has since been torn down.[1] Gridiron is directly descended from rugby football. United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Diagram of a Canadian football field. ... A gridiron is a metal grate with parallel bars typically used for grilling meat or fish. ... For the playing of football (soccer) in the United States, see Soccer in the United States. ... In ice hockey, the hash marks are two pairs of parrel lines on both sides of the face-off circles in both ends of the rink. ... Archbold Stadium was a multi-purpose stadium in Syracuse, New York. ... Syracuse University (SU) is a private nonsectarian research university located in Syracuse, New York. ... For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ...


The word "gridiron" alone may refer either to the field or to the sport; however, in North America it is mostly used in reference to the field, usually in a somewhat poetic sense. In some other English-speaking countries[citation needed] — particularly Australia and New Zealand[citation needed] — it is the primary term used to refer to the sport, differentiating it from other forms of football such as Australian football, association football, rugby league or rugby union. Other nations, such as the United Kingdom, use the term American football. [citation needed] North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... Poetry (ancient Greek: poieo = create) is an art form in which human language is used for its aesthetic qualities in addition to, or instead of, its notional and semantic content. ... Look up Football in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... High marking is a key skill and spectacular attribute of Australian rules football Precise field and goal kicking using the oval shaped ball is the key skill in Australian rules football Australian rules football, also known as Australian football, Aussie rules, or simply football or footy is a code of... “Soccer” redirects here. ... Wally Lewis passing the ball in Rugby League State of Origin. ... For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ...


References

  1. ^ Archbold Stadium, from at Syracuse University Archives. Retrieved 9 October 2007.
  • Football, gridiron, from Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 9 October 2007.
  • Gridiron comes to Australia, from 7:30 Report. Retrieved 9 October 2007.

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Gridiron football - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (199 words)
Gridiron football is a term that refers to both American football and Canadian football.
The word "gridiron" alone may refer either to the field or to the sport; however, in North America it's usually only used to refer the field.
In some other English-speaking countries—particularly Australia and New Zealand—it is the primary term used to refer to the sport, differentiating it from other forms of football such as Australian rules football, association football (soccer), or rugby football.
Gridiron - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (138 words)
Gridiron football -- either the field on which the football game is played, or the game itself.
In theater, the gridiron is a metal framework suspended above the stage from which lights and other items are hung.
A gridiron is also a type of grill that can be used to cook meat or other food over a fire.
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