In the article below, we will learn about the basic differences in the rules of American football and rugby. Let’s check out!

American football

Each team has 11 players on the field at the same time, with unlimited substitutions. Each team gets three breaks in each half. Play begins with a kickoff. Two teams line up to each other; they often line up another game from scrimmage.

Players receive can run with the ball or can pass it. Each team must move the ball at least 10 yards within 4 times. If they do not do so, the other team has a chance. If they succeed, they get 4 new attempts to move the ball further than 10 meters. The main goal is to score points by placing an oval-shaped ball into the bottom area of ​​the opposing team.


A rugby team consists of 15 players, divided into strikers and back. Strikers are usually the bigger and stronger players of the team who have their main job to gain possession of the ball. The back is usually smaller, faster and more agile and the ball property extraction.

The match started with a kick and the teams vied for ownership. The player of the receiving team can run with the ball, or kick it, or pass it to any other player later or behind him. Opposite players can tackle the bearer at any time. Unlike tackles, scrutiny, ducks, mauls, and lineups, no other contact is allowed. Even dangerous tackles are not allowed and are punished severely.

After settlement, the player must drop the ball immediately to play to continue. When a team has crossed the opponent’s finish line and touches the ball to the ground, an attempt is scored (five points). After each attempt, the scoring team has the opportunity to record two more points with a conversion.