Compare and Contrast Football and Basketball

Compare and Contrast Football and Basketball

Basketball and football are two of the most popular sports in the world. Both these sports have huge fan bases all around the world. Many people love both sports whereas many others either love football or basketball.

Compare/Contrast between Football and Basketball

Contrast Between Football And Basketball

Both these games are similar in many ways, but there are differences as well. In this article, we are going to compare football and basketball to find out how these two most popular sports are different from one another.

Basketball vs Football

Playing Area

playing area of football and basketball

Basketball is basically an indoor game, whereas football is an outdoor sport. Football is usually played in outdoor stadiums, but it is also played indoors, and the best example of it is Arena football.

On the other hand, basketball is mostly played in indoor courts. But despite being an indoor sport, many people play basketball outdoors who don’t have access to indoor courts.  All professional-level games, including NBA (National Basketball Association) games, are played indoors. Even many schools and colleges have fully equipped indoor basketball courts.

Size of the Playing Area

Playing Area Size

The playing field of football is quite bigger than the playing area of a basketball. This is because basketball has indoor courts, and football has outdoor fields.

Basketball courts come in different sizes. A full-size basketball court in NBA (National Basketball Association) and WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association) is 28.65 meters long and 15.24 meters wide. If we talk about the full-size courts in FIBA (International Basketball Federation), they are comparatively smaller (28 meters long and 15 meters wide).

On the other hand, according to FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) standards, a football pitch or playing surface must be 105 meters long and 68 meters wide. However, according to IFAB (International Football Association Board), a football field must be anywhere from 90-120 meters long and 45-90 meters wide.

Surface of the Playing Area

The Playing Area Surface

An indoor basketball court surface is usually made up of hard maple wood. Vinyl and laminate flooring are the other options that are widely used. But if we talk about the surface of an outdoor basketball court, then it is mostly made of asphalt or concrete.

In contrast, football is played on artificial or natural grass.

Size of the Ball   

 Ball Size

The weight and size of the ball are also different in both sports.

Footballs come in different sizes. In professional-level football, Size 5 is the regular size for both men and women. It weighs 400-450 grams, and it is 22-23 cm in diameter and 68-70 cm in circumference.

Basketballs also come in different sizes. The official basketball size for men is Size 7. It measures 75 cm in circumference and weighs 624 grams.

Size of the Goal

 Goal Size

In basketball, the goal system is 10 feet above the ground with no goalkeeper, whereas in football, a goalkeeper defends a 24’ x 8’ goal on the ground.

The rim of the basketball goal or hoop is 18 inches in diameter attached to a backboard.

Number of Players

Total Players

In football, 11 players can be on the field at a time, but in basketball, only 5 players are allowed to play at a time on the court. Substitutions are allowed in both sports, where basketball allows an unlimited number of substitutions, whereas football allows only three substitutes.

Also, the height of the players matters the most in basketball. However, in football, you only need to be an athlete and nothing else.

Style of Play

 Playing Style

Basketball is played with hands, whereas football is played with feet.

Players in basketball dribble the ball and pass and throw it to other players to shoot a goal. But you can’t carry the ball or kick it with your foot.

In football, players dribble the ball past the opponents and pass it to the other teammates to kick the ball into the goal either with foot or head.

Length of the Game

Time Of The Game

Another difference between basketball and football is the playing time.

If we talk about the length of a basketball game, then it can vary from league to league. The duration of an NBA game is 48 minutes where each quarter is of 12 minutes.

In addition to 48 minutes, there is a half time of 15 minutes after having two-quarters of the game. Also, add 5 minutes of overtime in case of a tied match. Not only this, fouls, timeouts, and substitutions extend the length of the game. And due to these stoppages, a typical game of the NBA lasts for more than 2 hours.

The duration of the FIBA game is 40 minutes, but it also takes around 2 hours to get completed.

On the other side, the duration of a standard football match is 90 minutes, where each half is of 45 minutes, and in between the two halves, there is a half-time period of 15 minutes. Not only this, stoppages in between the game due to injuries and substitutions, extra time in case of a tied match, and penalty shootouts extend the length of a football match.

Final Thoughts:

Football and basketball are different in many ways, but they have had a massive impact on many people’s lifestyle. Football and basketball promote teamwork, improve coordination and concentration, and keep the players physically fit and in good shape. People enjoy playing and watching both these sports as they are a source of fun and entertainment.

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