There is a fair bit of interest in American football up and down the country. I found a couple of local clubs where they meet on Sundays. I was surprised to learn that most teams have around 60+ members. There are 11 players a side, but two teams per side (one for ‘defence’ and one for ‘attack’) and they change teams regularly during the game play.
Having limited exposure to American Football, the play strategy and various rules and infringements was a bit of a mystery, with a lot of intervals in the play. They play 4 x 15 minutes, with a half time break. However, the play lasted a great deal longer than 1 hour.
One of many huddles that occur during the game to talk strategy and boost morale.
Players get substituted during the match. It was interesting to see just how many players on each team turned up, in full kit, waiting for an opportunity to play. The half time warm up had over 30 players on the field for the Watford Cheetas. They had brought their own player/supporters! It was also interesting that having asked whether there were any pom-pom wielding cheerleaders (as you so often see in the USA) I was told that the school adjacent to the field had a group, but that since they were at school, they weren’t allowed to attend without a sort of school chaperone! Quite mad if you ask me.