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American football, known simply as football in North America, is a human competitive team sport. Outside North America, the game is called American football to differentiate it from soccer, which is often called football as well. In football, the object of the game is to move the ball, called a football, into an opposing team's end zone, while preventing the opposing team from doing the same. The game was one of the most popular spectator sports in the United States.
Many major research universities had a football team; at one point, especially in the 20th century and 21st century, university-level football was considered a farm league for professional football leagues, to the point of admitting students who would otherwise not be able to learn in college just to stock a college's football team. (Star Trek: False Vacuum: "Arthur Porter and the Corpse of Azkapanama")
By the 25th century, few universities actually had ladies as starting players. Catherine Mouranger played football for as a star linebacker for the Yugra State University Checkmates and, thereafter, for the Moscow Black Storm, representing Belgium in international competition. Russian university football in that era allowed four years of undergraduate eligibility and four years of graduate eligibility. (Star Trek: False Vacuum: "Arthur Porter and the Corpse of Azkapanama")