|sport = american_football|
|American football (known in the US as "football")|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: In use|
|Tools for this tag|
is a team ball sport with similarities to rugby and to other sports known as "football".
Note also that this sport is not only played in America. The tag is perfectly valid elsewhere in the world. The sport is sometimes called "gridiron" due to its characteristic playing field, which is marked with a series of parallel lines resembling a gridiron. Canadian football, sport=canadian_football, is played on a similar gridiron pitch (see below for mapper-visible distinctions).
How to map
Add this tag to any place where a field has been setup for playing American football.
The tag sport=american_football (all lowercase with an underscore) should be combined with a physical tag:
American vs. Canadian football fields
|Length|| 100 yards
"50" yardline at the center
| 110 yards|
"C" at the center with two "50" yardlines on either side
|Goal posts||At the back of the endzones||At the front of the endzones|
|Endzone||10 yards deep||20 yards deep|
The Canadian field is also wider (65 yards vs. 53 1/3 yards for American) and has different hash mark placement, however these relative dimensions aren't as obvious. Seeon Wikipedia for a fuller description.
Statistically, a gridiron field in the US is probably American football, whereas one in Canada is probably Canadian football.