Length of a Football Field (Canadian)

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Vancouver Spectator Sports, BCPassport, 26 may 2003. "Field: Canadian: 110 yards x 65 yards with 20 yards end zones" 100 m
Football, Canadian. Encyclopedia Britannica online. May 2003. "The playing field is larger, being 110 yards (100 m) long and 65 yards (59.4 m) wide. The end zones are 20 yards (18.3 m) deep." 100 m
Register, Mike. The CFL: A fading league? Football Speaks, 25 May 2003. "The selling point of the CFL should be the 110 yard field, 12 players on each side, and three-down rules." 100 m
History of Canadian football, CFL Archives, 2 May 2003. "CRU game length was reduced to two 40-minute halves and the size of the field was set at 110 yards by 65 yards." 100 m
Canadian Football, The Columbia Encyclopedia 6th Ed. NY. Columbia University Press. 2003, 24 may 2003. "Canadian football is similar to the US game, but the Canadian field and end zone are larger, measuring 110 yd by 65 yd and 25yd by 65 yd, respectively." 100 m

First down, eh!

Forty-five, thirty-two, sixty-seven, hike, hike. Ah, the familiar sounds of football. We, as Americans have dominated this sport of tackling, running, and passing throughout the years. However, our quiet friend, a few hundred miles north of us, Canada, has had its own rich football history.

Originated by British immigrants, Canadian football, formerly known as English rugby football, was founded in 1868 when two British regiments in Montreal played an unique version of the rugby created by William Webb Ellis in 1823. Since these early days, the astounding American influences have transformed English rugby football into today's Canadian football.

Canadian football only differs slightly from American football. The biggest difference between American football and Canadian football, is the field. A Canadian football field is 100 meters long and 59.4 meters wide while an American field is 91.4 meters long and 48.8 meters wide. This wider field persuades the Canadian teams to use deep, lateral passes, which create a more exciting football atmosphere. Unlike American football, which only allows eleven men to be on the field, Canadian football requires twelve men to be on the field and only gives three chances to receive a first down. Canadian football is also more fast-paced than American football, because it allows only twenty-seconds between each play while American football allows forty-five seconds.

Although sometimes named as a spin-off of American football, Canadian football has its own rules, own field and own players. Its rich history has characterized the game as unique and it will be a fan favorite for many years to come.

Touchdown, eh!

Farrah Abuzahria -- 2003

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