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Football 101 - The Basics of Football

  • Each game features two teams playing against each other.
  • Each team is allowed 11 men on the field at a time. Any more than 11 could result in a penalty.
  • Unlimited substitution is permitted, but players may only enter the field when the ball is dead.
  • Each team is comprised of an offense, defense, and special teams.
  • If team A has possession of the ball, they use their offensive team to attempt to advance the ball toward the opponents endzone.
  • If team B has the ball, team A will use their defensive team to attempt to stop team B from advancing the ball.
  • If a kicking play is expected, both teams will use their special teams.


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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!