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When Bradbury Robinson of St. Louis University threw an oval-shaped ball to teammate Jack Schneider in 1906, he not only completed the first forward pass in history, he created an American sensation. A century later, football is the largest spectator sport in the United States, with the Super Bowl drawing in excess of 90 million television viewers annually. As one would expect, there are quality football Web sites in every nook of cyberspace, offering everything from rules and regulations to team and player information for nearly every conceivable level of competition. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here
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NFL and NCAA football are, obviously, just the tip of the gridiron iceberg. There are peewee football leagues, junior high school leagues, high school leagues, and even arena football and semi-pro competition.
- Typically, the further one strays from the pro and major college games, the harder it is to find good, reliable information. Nonetheless, there are a lot of great sites waiting to help-it's just a matter of finding them. A good source for primary school leagues is to consult one's elementary school or state high school athletic association site or sites such as HighSchoolSports.net, which offers the schedules, scores, and team rosters of each participating school and athletic program.
- Because several well-known NFL stars, such as Kurt Warner, began their careers playing in lower level professional leagues, it might be worth searching a variety of pro and amateur sites when looking for specific player information.
For other football leagues ...
is the official home of the Arena Football League (AFL). The Web site includes team rosters, standings, individual and team stats as well as video clips and news headlines from across the league.
is the Canadian equivalent of NFL.com, offering a wealth of information on the Canadian Football League, including schedules, standing, stats, and audio/video snippets.
offers information on high school athletic programs across the country. Like most sites dedicated to high school sports, however, it relies on updates from school faculty members; so the timeliness and accuracy vary from locale to locale.
Pop Warner Little Scholars
(PWLS), named after the NCAA coaching great Glen "Pop" Warner, provides youth football and cheer & dance programs for participants from ages 5-16. The Web site details the history of the organization, gives a program overview, and furnishes a calendar and application form.
American Youth Football & Cheer
(AYF), like PWLS, claims to be "the largest youth football & cheer organization in the country." Whatever the case may be, membership does appear to have its privileges, as AYF associates receive everything from free Web sites to discounted insurance rates.
NFL Youth Football
is a National Football League-sponsored youth program that follows seven guiding principles: 1) Make it fun; 2) Limit standing around; 3) Everyone plays; 4) Teach every position to every participant; 5) Emphasize the fundamentals; 6) Incorporate a progression of skill development for every participant; 7) Yell encouragement, whisper constructive criticism. The league also offers flag football and the punt, pass, and kick competition.
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