Football is derived from the sports of rugby and soccer, in Canada dating back to 1861. The game is played on a field 110 yards long (100 in the US) and played with an oblong-shaped ball. The object of the game is to score points by running and carrying the ball, or throwing it to a team mate past the opposing team's goal line (a "touchdown"). You can also score field goals by kicking a ball through the uprights in the other team's goal posts. Each team has 11 players on the field playing either "offence" (the team with the ball) or "defence" (the team blocking) from a complement of over 30 players. In the Canadian Football League, teams play three "downs" or attempts to score a touchdown or a field goal. In the US, they play with four downs. The season usually starts in June and runs through until November (in the US, it finishes with January's Superbowl game). Football is a demanding sport that combines speed, agility, strength, and precision.
Football varies on cost depending on competitive level. To play flag or touch football all you really require are football cleats and athletic wear (and of course the football). To play tackle football you'll need football cleats (shoes), gloves, mouth guard and a protective cup. Together, these items will cost about $130-$150, and are available at selected sporting goods stores around town. Most teams will provide you a helmet, shoulder, thigh, knee and tail bone pads (there might be a rental or league fee for this).
Tackle football is an extra curricular activity in most high schools. For those no longer in school, contact the Okanagan Minor Sports Association(268-3224). Flag football is offered in various leagues; contact
your local Parks & Rec department. There are
a number of football leagues in the Okanagan area: Vancouver Island Football Assoc. (727-9148),Flag Football
(361-9085), Okanagan Spartans Canadian (598-3235), Touch Football (474-4460),
and Women's Flag Football (384-4099).
There's plenty of football entertainment in Okanagan at the University of Okanagan. If you are looking to watch Profesional Football, you'll have to head to Vancouver's BC Place Stadium where the BC Lions of the Canadian Professional Football League plays.
To get involved in tackle football you can contact the Okanagan Rebels Football (479-1590) or the Okanagan Island Sharks Football Club (479-0621). Tackle football is an extra curricular activity in most high schools. If you want to participate in flag football, you can call the Flag Football Association at 582-9979 for more information. For touch football, you can call the Touch Football Hotline at 444-8223.