Definitions of football

  1. any of various games played with a ball ( round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal
  2. An inflated ball to be kicked in sport, usually made in India rubber, or a bladder incased in Leather.
  3. The game of kicking the football by opposing parties of players between goals.
  4. A game, in which two opposing teams try to pass a ball by carrying or kicking, through opposite goals; a large ball of inflated rubber cased in leather used in this game.
  5. A ball consisting of an inflated ox- bladder, or a hollow globe of india- rubber, cased in leather, to be driven by the foot; hence ( fig.) any object subjected to many vicissitudes or changes of condition; as, he was the football of fortune; a game played with a football by two parties of players, on a large level piece of ground, generally oblong in shape, and having in the middle of either of the ends a goal formed by two upright posts, 6 to 8 yards apart, with a bar or tape extended between them at the height of 8 or 10 feet from the ground. There are various styles of playing the game, but the two recognized in all important matches are the Rugby game and the Football Association game. In both games the main object is for either party to drive the ball ( which is kicked off in the centre of the field) through the goal that their opponents are guarding, and thus count a goal against them. In the Rugby game the goal- posts are 18 1/ 2 feet apart, and joined by a cross- bar at a height of 10 feet from the ground; and to score a goal the ball must be kicked over this bar by one of the opposite side. In the Association game the upright poles are 8 yards apart, and joined at 8 feet from the ground by a tape, under which the ball must pass to secure a goal. The Rugby game is much rougher and less scientific than the Association game, which discourages rough play and relies mainly on the skillful manoeuvring of the ball with the feet, it being forbidden to touch the ball with the hands, while by the Rugby rules the player may catch the ball in his hands, rune with it, and kick it dropping. When a goal is made, or at some other arranged interval, the parties change ground for the next struggle, so that any inequalities of situation may be balanced. The sport has lately gained considerable popularity in this country.
  6. A large ball for kicking.