A beginner's guide to American and French Football

Football is America’s favorite sport. According to the Harris Interactive poll, three out of ten Americans who follow sport say professional football is their favorite, but only 17 per cent of people rank baseball as their top sport. Football has been the most popular sport for the ninth consecutive year according to the poll.

If many of your friends go off on the weekends together to watch live football matches, but since you never really got into the sport, you tend to stay home and play some
PartyPoker Francais, then you probably feel a little bit left out. Why not kick-start your way to understanding football by checking out our football facts and tips listed below?

Thierry Henry

Football is not only hugely popular in America, but also in France too. Football is the most popular sport in France and the Fédération Française de Football is the national governing body. They are responsible for overseeing all aspects of the game across the country. In addition, the French federation gives responsibility of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 to the Ligue de Football Professionnel. They organise the Coupe de la Ligue which is France’s league cup competition. The French national team – who’s top scorer is Thierry Henry – does very well in big tournaments. Their uniform consists of blue, white and red – which are the colors of the national flag.

Football also has its links to the thrilling and exciting game of poker. So if you are a keen online gamer, maybe you play Fantasy Football or you like to play poker online, then did you know that the famous Party Poker company produced a fun TV show combining poker and football? It was the perfect show for both passionate poker players as well as footy-fanatics. Poker fans would enjoy the poker aspect of the show, while football fans would enjoy seeing famous footballers attempt to play poker against each other. The show saw two poker professionals play poker against a former professional soccer player. The set up of the poker game cleverly ties links with a football match. The poker game lasts 3 hours but if no winner is declared then there is a ‘penalty shoot-out’ and an extra hour is given. If any poker player is caught cheating, they are given a ‘yellow card’ and half their chips are shared out amongst the other players. If they cheat again, they receive a ‘red card’ and are disqualified from the tournament. Their chips are shared out evenly to the opposition team.

French Football team

So now you know all about American football, French football and Party Poker’s football and poker TV show. What great conversation starters to make with your football loving and passionate poker playing pals

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