Football 101

It’s that time of year again, ladies – football season! Now if your man is anything like mine, he’s been counting down the days for this. Hopefully this post will help you understand this sport a little bit better and make it more enjoyable for you!

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This game is played with two teams of 11 players each. A game consists of four 15-minute quarters. One team is on offense and the other one is on defense. The object of the game is to score more points than your opponent by getting the ball to the opposing team’s end zone.

The offense has 4 tries (“downs”) to advance the ball at least 10 yards down the field. If the offense can’t get 10 yards in 4 downs, then the ball changes possession and it’s the other team’s turn on offense.

Ways to score points:

  • Score a touchdown (6 points) – a player with the ball runs into or catches the ball in the opposing team’s end zone; this is followed by the “extra point” kick – if the kicker kicks the ball through the goal posts, his team gets another point
  • Score a field goal (3 points) – if a touchdown is unlikely or unnecessary the offense may choose to just kick a field goal instead. It isn’t worth as many points, but if you’re close enough and/or you have a great kicker, it can be an easier way to get some points on the board
  • Score a safety (2 points) – this is unlikely but that’s what makes it exciting! This is when the player with the ball gets tackled in his own end zone.

Between college and professional football, there are far too many teams and players to name but if you know your man’s favorite team do a quick google search to learn some of the big names – he’s sure to be impressed!

What is your favorite team?


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