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How American football season is set up?

American football as an organized sport has come a long way from the early years. Teams at each level play in a standard season and are governed by various American football leagues, such as the NFL and NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association).

The heart of the American football season is in the autumn months. However, training camps, trainings, and season matches usually start in the summer, and playoffs and bowls are held after Christmas and in February. Here’s how the rest season works for each level of play.

High school teams usually play eight to ten games in a season, starting after the labor day. If the teams have a successful tournament season, they will be promoted to regional or state playoff tournaments. Some schools in Texas play up to 15 games if they advance to the state championship game. Most high school teams play in a regional tournament, although some travel 50 to 100 miles to play opponents.

University American football teams

play between 10 and 13 matches, mostly in a specific meeting – Pac-12, Big Ten, SEC, ACC, etc. The top teams in the Football Division Sub-Division I FBS, make up the universities with the most money for sports scholarships, in advance through invitations to season football matches or a four-team playoff match for national championship.

Starting in the 2014-2015 season, the top four teams play in the two semi-finals, with winners facing each other in the University Football Tournament. This playoff system has replaced the controversial BCS system, which has been in use since 1998 through the 2013-2014 season.

NFL teams

32 NFL teams are divided into two conferences, NFC (National Football Conference) and AFC (American Football Conference). American football is a weekend sport, although some games are played on Mondays and Thursdays, especially in the NFL. In general, however, the American football season begins seriously in the labor day, following this orderly pattern:

College games take place on Saturdays, mostly during the day, although a few are held on Thursdays and Fridays.

NFL plays on Sundays for the most part. For television purposes, the games are played early in the afternoon and late afternoon (Eastern time).            

Some professional American football teams in the world

American football has long been a spiritual dish for Americans along with basketball, and baseball. It is understandable that DC Comics brings this sport into its cinematic or comic universe. In this article I will summarize some of the teams in the DC cinema and comic universe and the fun fact that I found. Note that the following teams are not sure to play together in a universe or a tournament.

Gotham Rouges: Appears in The Dark Knight Rises directed by Christopher Nolan. This shirt color is probably inspired by the Pittsburgh Steelers currently playing in the American Professional League (NFL). Fun fact: the stadium that Gotham Rouges plays in The Dark Knight Rises is the home of Pittsburgh Steelers, Heinz Field.

Rapid City Monuments: The team competes with Gotham Rouges in The Dark Knight Rises. Fun fact: The 19th baseballs player, Ravenstahl, is a former American football player in real life.

Gotham Knights: First appeared in the Fear of Victory episode of Batman TV series (1992), and later in the Justice League TV series “Secret”. The team uniform is gray shirt and red pants.

Boston Colonials: Team battle with Gotham Knights in Fear of Victory.

Blüdhaven Brawlers: Appeared in Nightwing (volume 2) # 26, not much is known about this team.

Central City Cougars

Steel City Tigers: appears in the Teen Titans Series on Cartoon Network. In the episode, Raven is teleported to the field where Steel City Tigers are playing and is crushed: V

Metropolis Sharks: Appears in Smallville “Reaper”. This team is owned by LuthorCorp.

In addition, some of the real-life teams that are competing in the US NFL professional league are also in comics like New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers or St. Louis Rams (now Los Angeles Rams).