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What does “football” mean?

Some approximated statistics about what the word “football” means to people around the world.

Meaning People who hold it
American Football* 350,000,000
Aussie Rules Football** 23,000,000
Gaelic Football*** 5,000,000
Association Football 6,625,000,000

These numbers might not mean much to most people, so I’ve tried to visualise them below.

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*) This counts American Football and Canadian Football as one sport, even though they are technically different.
**) In Australia “football” might also refer to “Rugby League”, “Rugby Union” or “Association Football”, depending on context.
***) In Ireland “football” is also used for both Association Football and Rugby Union.