Football: An American Tradition

American football or gridiron is one of the most avidly followed sports in the world – played at every level from high school and college to university and professional. Although it shares a name with what the UK calls “Football” (soccer), American football is much more similar to the thrilling action of Rugby League; it’s a high-energy, dynamic contact sport that makes for exiting viewing. Officially, games last for one hour with two 30-minute halves; in reality, they go on for much longer, giving you plenty of time to watch the stadium entertainment and tuck into your match-day food.

While each team can only have 11 players on the pitch at any one time, a match-day bench needs to be large enough to hold a whopping 45 players. But aside from the players, there’s another star of the show: the referee, who’s dynamic hand signals famously let audiences know when he’s declaring a touchdown, an illegal block, a fowl, and many other elements of play.

Key Referee Signals

The US National Football League (NFL) has the highest average attendance of any sports league in the world, while its championship game, the Super Bowl is possibly the world's most-watched sporting event, with the glitzy, extravagant half-time show and the famous between-play commercials only adding more to the hype and entertainment. Salary caps allow for something of an equal playing field in American football; money from higher-earning teams trickles down the system, giving any team a chance of lifting the coveted Super Bowl trophy.

College Football

College football is what feeds the National Football League. High school students can get places at colleges based on the strength of their sporting, and the annual Draft is a three-day feast of talent where professional teams snap up the graduating players. There's a twist in the tale though: it's not the best NFL team that gets first pick of the new talent - but the worst, and this levels the playing field in another sense.

The standard college football season last from late August until early December: this is to ensure that its duration is limited to one-semester, but you can be sure there will be a lot of action-packed games crammed into these few months. With unbeatable FlixBus prices to many great college destinations, you can rely on us to bring you to the most important college football games of the season.

November's Homecoming Weekend is one of the biggest weekends for college football. Take a look at the college destinations we have on our routes, book your spot now with your FlixBus ticket, and enjoy a comfortable ride while keeping track of the latest scores with our on board power outlets and Wi-Fi access.


FlixBus Your Way to a College Game

If you want to see the big names of the future in action, check out our FlixBus destinations to see which college teams are on our routes. These include:

  • California State Golden Bears
  • Stanford Cardinals
  • Arizona State Sun Devils
  • USC Trojans
  • University of Arizona Wildcats
  • UCLA Bruins
  • San Diego State Aztecs
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas Rebels
  • San Jose State Spartans
  • Nevada State Wolf Park
  • Fresno State Bulldogs
  • Sacramento State Hornets

Popular Bus Routes to Games

San Jose, CA ↔ Sacramento, CA Tucson, AZ ↔ Las Vegas, NV

Your FlixBus Route to Professional Games

The NFL’s standard calendar runs for 17 weeks from early September until early December – and there’s a lot of action for audiences to enjoy in this time, with every team playing 16 games during these months. Then it’s time to step it up a notch: after this come the play-offs, which lead up to the mighty Superbowl that usually occurs in early February. Check the NFL schedule and make sure to get a FlixBus ticket to catch your team in the stadium and witness the most important games of the season live.


Use our route map to plan your journey to the best of the season's professional games. Our stadium destinations include:

  • Arizona Cardinals / University of Phoenix Stadium
  • LA Rams / LA memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles Chargers / StubHub Centre
  • San Francisco 49ers / Levi's Stadium
  • Oakland Raiders / Oakland Alameda Coliseum

Popular Bus Routes to Games

Las Vegas, NV ↔ San Francisco, CA Los Angeles, CA ↔ Phoenix-Tempe, AZ