Shaelic Football (known locally as Sobreilaea, Gítzoka, or Sobreiléca, literally “field prize” or “rushing”) is a form of gridiron football played in Shaelia in which two teams of 12 players each compete for territorial control of a field of play 125 yards (114 m) long and 55 yards (50 m) wide attempting to advance a pointed prolate spheroid ball into the opposing team’s scoring area (end zone). The sport is commonly known outside of the country as Shaelic football. The term football (futbala) usually refers to Shaelic football, Canadian football and American football collectively, or any of the sports specifically, depending on the context. The three sports have shared origins and are closely related, but share a variety of differences making them each a distinct version of gridiron football.
Details of the game’s origins in the country are obscure and still the subject of much debate. Shaelic football was first codified in Visis in July 1860, when the first laws of the game were published by the Vísísiti Sata Sobreilaeara (VÍSAS, “Visis Football Club”).
Shaelic football is the most popular sport in terms of average attendance (more than 45,000 per game) and television viewership in the country. The most prestigious competition is the fully professional 14-team Aviatau Sobreilaeara (“Shaelic Football Championship”), universally known as AVSO or the SFC, with teams located around the country. AVSO is widely regarded as the second best gridiron football league in the world, trailing only the National Football League in the United States. The largest sporting event in Shaelia is the SFC Championship, known colloquially as the Bola Šaeleneiri (“Shaelia Bowl”), the Shaelic version of the NFL’s Super Bowl.
The sport is also played at the university level, where 215 sponsoring universities are organized into 23 conferences across three levels of competition. The sport is also played at the semi-professional, amateur and youth levels in several holdings and in several variations.