Cricket vs. Football

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Cricket and Football is that the Cricket is a team sport played with bats and balls and Football is a team sports that involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball to score a goal.

  • Cricket

    Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the centre of which is a 20-metre (22-yard) pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps. The batting side scores runs by striking the ball bowled at the wicket with the bat, while the bowling and fielding side tries to prevent this and dismiss each player (so they are “out”). Means of dismissal include being bowled, when the ball hits the stumps and dislodges the bails, and by the fielding side catching the ball after it is hit by the bat, but before it hits the ground. When ten players have been dismissed, the innings ends and the teams swap roles. The game is adjudicated by two umpires, aided by a third umpire and match referee in international matches. They communicate with two off-field scorers who record the match’s statistical information.

    There are various formats ranging from Twenty20, played over a few hours with each team batting for a single innings of 20 overs, to Test matches, played over five days with unlimited overs and the teams each batting for two innings of unlimited length. Traditionally cricketers play in all-white kit, but in limited overs cricket they wear club or team colours. In addition to the basic kit, some players wear protective gear to prevent injury caused by the ball, which is a hard, solid spheroid made of compressed leather with a slightly raised sewn seam enclosing a cork core which is layered with tightly wound string.

    Historically, cricket’s origins are uncertain and the earliest definite reference is in south-east England in the middle of the 16th century. It spread globally with the expansion of the British Empire, leading to the first international matches in the second half of the 19th century. The game’s governing body is the International Cricket Council (ICC), which has over 100 members, twelve of which are full members who play Test matches. The game’s rules are held in a code called the Laws of Cricket which is owned and maintained by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in London. The sport is followed primarily in the Indian subcontinent, Australasia, the United Kingdom, southern Africa and the West Indies, its globalisation occurring during the expansion of the British Empire and remaining popular into the 21st century. Women’s cricket, which is organised and played separately, has also achieved international standard. The most successful side playing international cricket is Australia, having won seven One Day International trophies, including five World Cups, more than any other country and having been the top-rated Test side more than any other country.

  • Football

    Football is a family of team sports that involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball to score a goal. Unqualified, the word football is understood to refer to whichever form of football is the most popular in the regional context in which the word appears. Sports commonly called football in certain places include association football (known as soccer in some countries); gridiron football (specifically American football or Canadian football); Australian rules football; rugby football (either rugby league or rugby union); and Gaelic football. These different variations of football are known as football codes.

    There are a number of references to traditional, ancient, or prehistoric ball games played by indigenous peoples in many different parts of the world. Contemporary codes of football can be traced back to the codification of these games at English public schools during the nineteenth century. The expansion of the British Empire allowed these rules of football to spread to areas of British influence outside the directly controlled Empire. By the end of the nineteenth century, distinct regional codes were already developing: Gaelic football, for example, deliberately incorporated the rules of local traditional football games in order to maintain their heritage. In 1888, The Football League was founded in England, becoming the first of many professional football competitions. During the twentieth century, several of the various kinds of football grew to become some of the most popular team sports in the world.

  • Cricket (noun)

    An insect in the order Orthoptera, especially family Gryllidae, that makes a chirping sound by rubbing its wing casings against combs on its hind legs.

  • Cricket (noun)

    A wooden footstool.

  • Cricket (noun)

    A signalling device used by friendly in low visibility conditions.

  • Cricket (noun)

    A relatively small area of a roof constructed to divert water from a horizontal intersection of the roof with a chimney, wall, expansion joint or other projection.

  • Cricket (noun)

    A game played outdoors with bats and a ball between two teams of eleven, popular in England and many Commonwealth countries.

  • Cricket (noun)

    An act that is fair and sportsmanlike, derived from the sport.

    “not cricket|unsportsmanlike”

    “That player’s foul wasn’t cricket!”

  • Cricket (verb)

    To play the game of cricket.

  • Football (noun)

    A sport played on foot in which teams attempt to get a ball into a goal or zone defended by the other team.

    “Roman and medieval football matches were more violent than any modern type of football.”

  • Football (noun)

    Association football: a game in which two teams each contend to get a round ball into the other team’s goal primarily by kicking the ball. Known as soccer in Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.

    “Each team scored three goals when they played football.”

  • Football (noun)

    American football: a game played on a field of 100 yards long and 53 1/3 yards wide in which two teams of 11 players attempt to get an ovoid ball to the end of each other’s territory.

    “Each team scored two touchdowns when they played football.”

  • Football (noun)

    Canadian football: a game played on a played on a field of 110 yards long and 65 yards wide in which two teams of 12 players attempt to get an ovoid ball to the end of each other’s territory.

    “They played football in the snow.”

  • Football (noun)

    Australian rules football.

  • Football (noun)

    Gaelic football: a field game played with similar rules to hurling, but using hands and feet rather than a stick, and a ball, similar to, yet smaller than a soccer ball.

  • Football (noun)

    rugby league.

  • Football (noun)

    rugby union.

  • Football (noun)

    The ball used in any game called “football”.

    “The player kicked the football.”

  • Football (noun)

    Practice of these particular games, or techniques used in them.

  • Football (noun)

    An item of discussion, particularly in a back-and-forth manner

    “That budget item became a political football.”

  • Football (noun)

    The leather briefcase containing classified nuclear war plans, which is always near the US President.

  • Football (noun)

    any of various forms of team game involving kicking (and in some cases also handling) a ball, in particular (in the UK) soccer or (in the US) American football

    “a football club”

    “a football match”

  • Football (noun)

    the playing of football, especially in a stylish and entertaining way

    “his team played some impressive football”

  • Football (noun)

    a ball used in football, either round (as in soccer) or oval (as in rugby and American football) and typically made of leather or plastic and filled with compressed air.

  • Football (noun)

    a topical issue that is the subject of continued argument or controversy

    “the use of education as a political football”

  • Football (noun)

    a briefcase containing authentication codes and other items that allow the US president to authorize a nuclear strike at any time

    “wherever the president travels, a military aide stays close with the football”

    “whose fingers would we prefer to have on America’s nuclear football?”

Oxford Dictionary

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