Ottawa-Gatineau Football




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Background of the Sport

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Football is derived from the sports of rugby and soccer, in Canada dating back to 1861. The game is played on a field 110 yards long (100 in the US) and played with an oblong-shaped ball. The object of the game is to score points by running and carrying the ball, or throwing it to a team mate past the opposing team's goal line (a "touchdown"). You can also score field goals by kicking a ball through the uprights in the other team's goal posts. Each team has 11 players on the field playing either "offence" (the team with the ball) or "defence" (the team blocking) from a complement of over 30 players. In the Canadian Football League, teams play three "downs" or attempts to score a touchdown or a field goal. In the US, they play with four downs. The season usually starts in June and runs through until November (in the US, it finishes with January's Superbowl game). Football is a demanding sport that combines speed, agility, strength, and precision.

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Equipment

Football varies on cost depending on competitive level. To play flag or touch football all you really require are football cleats and athletic wear (and of course the football). To play tackle football you'll need football cleats (shoes), gloves, mouth guard and a protective cup. Together, these items will cost about $130-$150, and are available at selected sporting goods stores around town. Most teams will provide you a helmet, shoulder, thigh, knee and tail bone pads (there might be a rental or league fee for this).

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Where


Tackle football is an extra curricular activity in most high schools. For those no longer in school, contact the Ottawa Minor Sports Association (613-268-3224). Flag football is offered in various leagues; contact your local Parks and Recreation office. There are Here are the local competitive teams:

If you are intersted in joing a league in Minor Football, contact one of these:

Gloucester Dukes /Midge

Gloucester

837-1768

Myers Riders

Ottawa

727-9790

Ottawa Colts

Ottawa

741-6518

GS Raiders

Leitrim

822-2091

Kanata Knights

Kanata

788-3244

Orleans Bengals

Orleans

837-1768

Ottawa Norsemen

Ottawa

725-2161

North Glouc. Giants

Gloucester

744-2605

Touch: City of Ottawa

(girls)

798-8160

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