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In many cases, college stadiums employ bench-style seating, as opposed to individual seats with backs and arm rests although many stadiums do have a small number of chairback seats in addition to the bench seating.
This allows them to seat more fans in a given amount of space than the typical professional stadium, which tends to have more features and comforts for fans. Only three stadiums owned by U.
Colleges are only allowed to provide non-monetary compensation such as athletic scholarships that provide for tuition, housing, and books. By the s, students at Rugby School were playing a game in which players were able to pick up the ball and run with it, a sport later known as Rugby football.
The game was taken to Canada by British soldiers stationed there and was soon being played at Canadian colleges. The first documented gridiron football match was played at University College , a college of the University of Toronto , November 9, One of the participants in the game involving University of Toronto students was Sir William Mulock , later Chancellor of the school.
A football club was formed at the university soon afterward, although its rules of play at this stage are unclear. Barlow Cumberland and Frederick A. Bethune devised rules based on rugby football. Modern Canadian football is widely regarded as having originated with a game played in Montreal, in , when British Army officers played local civilians.
The game gradually gained a following, and the Montreal Football Club was formed in , the first recorded non-university football club in Canada. American college football[ edit ] Early games appear to have had much in common with the traditional " mob football " played in Great Britain.
The games remained largely unorganized until the 19th century, when intramural games of football began to be played on college campuses.
Each school played its own variety of football. Princeton University students played a game called "ballown" as early as A Harvard tradition known as "Bloody Monday" began in , which consisted of a mass ballgame between the freshman and sophomore classes.
In , both the town police and the college authorities agreed the Bloody Monday had to go. The Harvard students responded by going into mourning for a mock figure called "Football Fightum", for whom they conducted funeral rites.
The authorities held firm and it was a dozen years before football was once again played at Harvard.
Dartmouth played its own version called " Old division football ", the rules of which were first published in , though the game dates to at least the s. All of these games, and others, shared certain commonalities.
They remained largely "mob" style games, with huge numbers of players attempting to advance the ball into a goal area, often by any means necessary.
Rules were simple, violence and injury were common. Yale , under pressure from the city of New Haven , banned the play of all forms of football in Davis described the period between and as the 'Pioneer Period'; the years —93 he called the 'Period of the American Intercollegiate Football Association'; and the years — he dubbed the 'Period of Rules Committees and Conferences'.
It was played with a round ball and, like all early games, used a set of rules suggested by Rutgers captain William J. Leggett, based on The Football Association 's first set of rules , which were an early attempt by the former pupils of England's public schools, to unify the rules of their public schools games and create a universal and standardized set of rules for the game of football and bore little resemblance to the American game which would be developed in the following decades.
It is still usually regarded as the first game of college football. Two teams of 25 players attempted to score by kicking the ball into the opposing team's goal. Throwing or carrying the ball was not allowed, but there was plenty of physical contact between players. The first team to reach six goals was declared the winner.
Rutgers won by a score of six to four. A rematch was played at Princeton a week later under Princeton's own set of rules one notable difference was the awarding of a "free kick" to any player that caught the ball on the fly, which was a feature adopted from The Football Association's rules; the fair catch kick rule has survived through to modern American game.
Princeton won that game by a score of 8 — 0.
Columbia joined the series in , and by several schools were fielding intercollegiate teams, including Yale and Stevens Institute of Technology. The game suffered from disorganization and the players kicked and battled each other as much as the ball.
Later in , Princeton and Rutgers played again with Princeton defeating Rutgers This game's violence caused such an outcry that no games at all were played in Football came back in , when Columbia played Yale for the first time.
The Yale team was coached and captained by David Schley Schaff, who had learned to play football while attending Rugby School. Schaff himself was injured and unable to the play the game, but Yale won the game nonetheless. Later in , Stevens Tech became the fifth school to field a team.
By , the college students playing football had made significant efforts to standardize their fledgling game. Teams had been scaled down from 25 players to The only way to score was still to bat or kick the ball through the opposing team's goal, and the game was played in two 45 minute halves on fields yards long and 70 yards wide.
Before this meeting, each school had its own set of rules and games were usually played using the home team's own particular code. At this meeting, a list of rules, based more on the Football Association's rules than the rules of the recently founded Rugby Football Union , was drawn up for intercollegiate football games.
McGill football game Harvard vs. Harvard, however, preferred to play a rougher version of football called "the Boston Game" in which the kicking of a round ball was the most prominent feature though a player could run with the ball, pass it, or dribble it known as "babying".
The man with the ball could be tackled, although hitting, tripping, "hacking" shin-kicking and other unnecessary roughness was prohibited.
There was no limit to the number of players, but there were typically ten to fifteen per side. A player could carry the ball only when being pursued.
As a result of this, Harvard refused to attend the rules conference organized by Rutgers, Princeton and Columbia at the Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York City on October 20, to agree on a set of rules and regulations that would allow them to play a form of football that was essentially Association football ; and continued to play under its own code.
While Harvard's voluntary absence from the meeting made it hard for them to schedule games against other American universities, it agreed to a challenge to play the rugby team of McGill University , from Montreal , in a two-game series.
It was agreed that two games would be played on Harvard's Jarvis baseball field in Cambridge, Massachusetts on May 14 and 15, one to be played under Harvard rules, another under the stricter rugby regulations of McGill.
Jarvis Field was at the time a patch of land at the northern point of the Harvard campus, bordered by Everett and Jarvis Streets to the north and south, and Oxford Street and Massachusetts Avenue to the east and west.
The Harvard students took to the rugby rules and adopted them as their own,    The games featured a round ball instead of a rugby-style oblong ball. Inasmuch as Rugby football had been transplanted to Canada from England, the McGill team played under a set of rules which allowed a player to pick up the ball and run with it whenever he wished.
Another rule, unique to McGill, was to count tries the act of grounding the football past the opposing team's goal line; it is important to note that there was no end zone during this time , as well as goals, in the scoring.
In the Rugby rules of the time, a try only provided the attempt to kick a free goal from the field. If the kick was missed, the try did not score any points itself. Harvard—Tufts, Harvard—Yale [ edit ] Harvard quickly took a liking to the rugby game, and its use of the try which, until that time, was not used in American football.
The try would later evolve into the score known as the touchdown. The two teams agreed to play under a set of rules called the "Concessionary Rules", which involved Harvard conceding something to Yale's soccer and Yale conceding a great deal to Harvard's rugby.
They decided to play with 15 players on each team. On November 13, , Yale and Harvard played each other for the first time ever, where Harvard won At the first The Game as the annual contest between Harvard and Yale came to be named the future "father of American football" Walter Camp was among the spectators in attendance.
Walter, who would enroll at Yale the next year, was torn between an admiration for Harvard's style of play and the misery of the Yale defeat, and became determined to avenge Yale's defeat.
Spectators from Princeton also carried the game back home, where it quickly became the most popular version of football. Three of the schools—Harvard, Columbia, and Princeton—formed the Intercollegiate Football Association, as a result of the meeting.