I personally don't care for "footy", or soccer as its known around here. Almost all of my childhood friends love soccer and got inteoduced to it by their parents or older family members, same as i, but i just couldnt get into it. Its frankly boring to me.
Now american football, thats a sport i love, because its more often-than-not, very exciting and entertaining, but most importantly, its BALANCED!
Now here's what i mean by that:
Soccer, to me, is like the same and the opposite of basket ball, in basketball, another very popular sport, at least in america, there is always scoring from both teams, with games almost always reaching scores of more than 80 points... There is absolutely no defence, just offense, and the game just drags on and on.
And in Soccer, there is very little scoring, with games often ending with scores of less than 3, and sometimes with ties, and no overtime to break the tie. That all to me makes for a boring, continuous linear sport "plot", if you will.
Now american football... Thats an exciting sport! Because of the game being played "play-by-play", it allows for short burst of excitement and dissapointment/rage, depending on who you're rooting for, with breaks in between these plays to allow the fans to have mini celebrations and discuss what just happened as friends watch the game and chat, and go to the bathroom, without fear of missing anything important between plays.
American football, to me, is like watching a game of Chess, but with violent action, something that makes it even more exciting to watch, compared to soccer. Football is just more exciting to watch than soccer. It takes a lot more from both the body and minds of the athletes and coaches, than the act of mindlessly following a soccer ball as its kicked back and forth repeatedly. With so much continuity and repetion, its easy for me to get bored watching it, as there is no sudden rushes of excitwment available from a soccer match, beside maybe the 1 goal per game... If there are any goals made at all.
Whereass with football, you truly never know what to excpect as things can change so fast and suddenly, and with the high chance of injuries (real injuries, unlike the little bitch bumps soccer players take before rolling around in supposed pain in hopes of appearing convincing enough to get a pitty/penalty shot), it just adds to the dynamic ways of american football.
TL;DR: American football is more exciting and fun to watch and play. Deal with it.
EDIT: now, as for the name "football", i dont think american football should use it since the foot hardly touches the ball anyway... Unless of course, the team sucks and has to punt the ball away often or has to settle for field goals when they cant score a touchdown. Soccer is actually FOOTball.
But the name is never gonna change, so i cant say i care much on that matter.