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'''Football''' is a family of team sports that involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball to score a Goal. Unqualified, the word ''football'' normally means the form of football that is the most popular where the word is used. Sports commonly called ''football'' include [[association football]] (known as ''soccer'' in some countries); [[gridiron football]] (specifically [[American football]] or [[Canadian football]]); [[Australian rules football]]; [[rugby football]] (either [[rugby league]] or [[rugby union]]); and [[Gaelic football]].<ref>{{cite journal |last=Reilly |first=Thomas |last2=Gilbourne |first2=D. |title=Science and football: a review of applied research in the football code |journal=Journal of Sports Sciences |year=2003 |volume=21 |issue=9 |pages=693–705 |doi=10.1080/0264041031000102105}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11272089 |title=Editorial: Soccer – or should we say football – must change |date=12 June 2014 |quote=New Zealanders on the way to their local rugby grounds should still be talking of "going to the football" |access-date=17 November 2014 |archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20140809195227/http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11272089 |archive-date=9 August 2014 |url-status=live }}</ref> These various forms of football are known as '''football codes'''.

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Football is a family of team sports that involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball to score a Goal. Unqualified, the word football normally means the form of football that is the most popular where the word is used. Sports commonly called football include association football (known as soccer in some countries); gridiron football (specifically American football or Canadian football); Australian rules football; rugby football (either rugby league or rugby union); and Gaelic football.[1][2] These various forms of football are known as football codes.


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