After the announcement of 2017’s NFL fixtures set to take place in London, we thought it was the perfect time to look at American Football’s growing popularity outside of the USA.
Whether you love it, loathe it, or know of it but don’t pay much attention, most of you are aware of American Football and the NFL.
Sometimes referred to as ‘rugby with helmets’, the sport is – obviously – predominantly followed, played and enjoyed by our friends across the pond. However, with the National Football League’s continued efforts to grow itself as a global brand, it is the perfect time for those of us in the UK to start following the game!
Now, whilst the Super Bowl is easily viewable on television every year, there is also a growing coverage throughout the NFL season, with Sky Sports showing a selection of games on Sunday evenings, as well as weekday games (weeknight in the UK).
Don’t have Sky? You can always keep up with the weekly goings on by tuning into the BBC’s ‘The NFL Show’. Of course, there is always streaming through the NFL’s own platform, should you desire a pick of all the games.
If being a humble armchair fan isn’t quite what you’re looking for, the NFL has been bringing live action over to the UK since 2007, and due to its increasing success, they have announced a whopping four fixtures for 2017!
Originally exclusive to Wembley Stadium, this year saw the introduction of Twickenham as a venue, when the LA Rams faced Odell Beckham Jnr and the New York Giants. In addition to this, Tottenham Hotspur FC’s new stadium will host a minimum of two games a year, when it opens in 2018.
If you’re worried about going to a game and not knowing what is happening, perhaps this video from the NFL can help you get started…
Going to a live game is guaranteed to be a great experience, no matter who is playing, but if you would prefer to root for a team from the get go, there are plenty of quizzes you could take online, or you could ‘eeny, meeny, miny, moe’ all 32 teams.
If you’re a fan of a Premier League side, a guide like this one may be helpful.
Whilst the NFL is the pinnacle of the sport, College Football is also very popular in the United States, however, if you’d prefer to follow a team closer to home. A quick look on the British American Football League website may reveal a team that you never knew existed, just around the corner!
Perhaps you have always fancied having a go at the game yourself? If you think you could be the next Tom Brady or JJ Watt, you may want to contact your local team – or if there isn’t one nearby, look into starting your own!
However you choose to enjoy your favourite sports, there is now a way for everyone in the United Kingdom to follow American Football…