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Football 101 - The Basics of Football

The playing field is 100 yards long.
  • It has stripes running across the field at five-yard intervals.
  • There are shorter lines, called hash marks , marking each one-yard interval. (not shown)
  • On each end of the playing field is an end zone (red section with diagonal lines) which extends ten yards.
  • The total field is 120 yards long and 160 feet wide.
  • Located on the very back line of each end zone is a goal post .
  • The spot where the end zone meets the playing field is called the goal line.
  • The yardage from the goal line is marked at ten-yard intervals, up to the 50-yard line, which is in the center of the field. After reaching the 50-yard line, the yardage markers start to descend (40, 30, 20, 10) every ten yards until they reach the opposite goal line.
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  • The Field
    Learn the dimensions of the playing field as well as many of the basic terms associated with a football field.
  • The Teams
    Each team is comprised of an offense, defense, and special teams.
  • Object of the Game
    What are all those guys running around on the field trying to accomplish?
  • Beginning the Game
    Know what's going on right from the opening kickoff!
  • Down and Distance
    If you can get a grasp on this section, the rest of the game will come with time!
  • Methods of Scoring
    Learn all the different ways to put points on the scoreboard!