Canadian Football is as old as American football but kept close ties with Rugby until the Canadian Football League split from the Canadian Rugby Union in 1958 to adopt more American Rules and appearance.
It is very similar to American Football except there are 12 players a side rather than 11 and the pitch is wider and 110 yards long with two 20 yard endzones rather than 100 yards long with two 15 yard endzones. There is also a ‘Rouge’ in Canadian Football – a point when a kick goes out the back of the endzone (but not through the uprights).
Below you will find a link to Irish connections in Canadian Football:
Canadian Football in Ireland: