Canadian Football 101: The Basics

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VANCOUVER, BC - NOVEMBER 30: Nik Lewis #82 of the Calgary Stampeders leaps open Brandon Stewart #9 and into Erik Harris #41 and Craig Butler #28 of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the 102nd Grey Cup Championship Game at BC Place November 30, 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

In Canada, winter sports are the most prominent. So much so that the country’s flagship sport is ice hockey (and lacrosse, coincidentally). However, other sports are also played. This is the case with Canadian football, which is considered the second most popular sport in the country.

Canadian football, because of its contact and strategy, could be considered a fusion between American football and rugby, though Canadian CFL is older than its American NFLĀ  counterpart. Many specialists say it is rugby with protection. In each match, two 12-player teams play, each of which fights to obtain an oval-shaped ball and take it to the end zones that are delimited by an end line where two H-shaped posts are located. The winner is the team that scores the most points.

How is it similar to rugby? After the start of the match, the player can catch the ball and run or pass it to his teammates fighting against the players of the opposite team. As in rugby, you can only make passes sideways or backwards. Its relationship with American football is about scoring. That is, if the player runs into the end zone with the ball, he gets 6 points and if he kicks the ball into the end zone, he gets 3 points.

This sport was first introduced in the country in 1861 as a variation of rugby. The first documented match of this sport, called at that time Rugby Football, was at the University College of Toronto. Little by little, it expanded and although there was no official regulation it was taking off. In 1873, the first matches were held to lay the foundations of an organization to govern this sport discipline. From then on, the path was opened to the creation of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in 1958.

The CFL is made up of 9 teams: 4 in the Eastern Division and 5 in the Western Division. Each season they play approximately 18 games each. Among the most prominent teams are: Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Montreal Alouettes, Ottawa Redblacks, Toronto Argonauts, BC Lions, Calgary Stampeders, Edmonton Eskimos, Saskatchewan Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The popularity of this league has been so great that the games between these teams are the programs with the highest audience. The same is true for sports betting in Canada, where soccer is one of the most popular options.

One of the most recognized bookmakers in the country is Bodog, which offers the best possible online experience, providing each user with personalized attention on a 100% secure platform. You can place your bets on the main soccer championships in the world, but also on the CFL, since one of its missions is to promote the national sport.

If you are passionate about Canadian football and you like to bet, you have at your disposal several platforms that are easy to use and also have the appropriate certification to offer you security in your bets. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy yourself and, if possible, earn some extra money.

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