The number of people who are engaging in any type of sports has been on a steady rise over the past couple of decades. As such, there has also been an increase in the number of recognized sports as well as its recognized sub-categories. Among these sub-categories of sports are four: Lacrosse, American football, Australian rules football and American rugby. However, there are still a few sports that have yet to make their mark on the international sports arena.
Lacrosse: This particular sport is one of the oldest sports that have enjoyed popularity in North America. In fact, it was first joined by the United States as a participant when they joined the American Football Association in 1887. As time passed by, Lacrosse has made great advances in its level of play. It is now commonly played by men and women of all ages and even by children. Even though it is mostly played by men, it is known to have a lot of female participants too. Although, men and women compete in individual and team games, there are a handful of tournaments which separate the sexes for the sole purpose of Lacrosse competitions.
American football: American football is also one of the earliest sports to be integrated into organized competitions. The first recorded matches of the sport were held in 1875 in New York against the British Army. Although it is now regarded as a men’s sport, it was once popular among women as well due to the presence of a number of female athletes like Mary Quant and Amelia Gripz. The game of American football is widely acclaimed today and is regularly played by Americans of all ages.
Australian Rules Football: This sport is widely played in Australia and is one of the most popular sports for both men and women. In fact, it is the most popular sport for the teenage girls in the country. However, it has undergone significant evolution over the years and there are now many teams with professional coaching and experienced players to play on an international level. As a result, the standard of the game has become much higher than it used to be a few decades ago. There is also a sedentary behaviour that is associated with the game. Despite the fact that people usually play for only about half an hour during breaks, many young people spend long hours watching matches on TV or listening to radios.
Rugby Union: This is another example of a sport that has evolved over time and has become a part of modern sports in Britain. The origin of rugby can be traced back to the fifteenth century when it was adopted from the French language. It is a game which involves two teams who try to tackle each other using their feet. There have been many teams throughout history but the most famous ones are the British national team and the Welsh national team. The game is played internationally and it is one of the most popular sports in England.
A competitive streak can be seen in people playing these games. There are numerous high-quality physical contests which require accurate kicking, grounding and passing skills to score points. There are even contests that test people’s kicking and grounding skills using a ball with a specific length, known as an ‘autotelic’.