From the Archives: Football, football, and football (August 6)

Of the three types of football only one (association football, aka soccer) is played regularly at the Olympics [Association football has been an event in every Summer Olympic Games except the 1896 and 1932 Games]. Rugby union was a part of the men’s competitions at the 1900, 1908, 1920 and 1924 Summer Olympics and Rugby sevens is expected to be played at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero. Gridiron (aka American) football has never been played at the Olympics, but used to be so similar to rugby union that the American team actually took home the gold medal in the 1920 and 1924 competitions.

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