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Football is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense. If the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.
The National Football League (NFL) consists of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The champions of the NFC and AFC compete in the Super Bowl the most watched U.S. sporting event in the world.
The NFL is one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America, and the highest professional level of American football in the world. The other major leagues are for Baseball (MLB), Basketball (NBA) and Ice Hockey (NHL).
Football is played at colleges and high schools across the country. College games attract very large crowds that often exceed 40,000 fans to a single game.