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Football is the name for many sports. The most popular type of football is Association football, which is also named "soccer". Football can also mean American football (gridiron), 蹴鞫(Ancient Chinese football), rugby union, rugby league, Australian Rules Football, Gaelic football or Canadian football.
The name football comes from the two words "foot" and "ball". It is named football because the players of the game walk and run (on foot) while playing, as opposed to polo and other games played on horseback. The ball is often kicked with the foot, but depending on the game, it can also be hit using the knee or head (in association football) and handling the ball is a part of many other football variants.
Types of football include;
- Gaelic football
- Association football (soccer)
- American football (gridiron)
- Rugby football
- Australian Rules Football
- Canadian football