The Basics of Football


There are four main positions on a football team. The running back (also known as halfback) is responsible for running plays and catching passes. The defenders along this line are very strong and fast and are the main tacklers on the defense. Wide receivers are also covered by the defensive line and the line backers help them cover the wide receivers. The safeties are there to protect the quarterback, and try to stop big plays. At least one safety tries to stay behind wide receivers when they pass a cornerback.

The goal of a football game is to advance the ball to the opposing team’s end zone to score. A touchdown will give your team six points, and an extra point will be awarded for kicking the ball through the goal post. The defense tries to stop the ball before it enters the opponent’s end zone so that they do not score. Field goals will net two points for your team. A touchdown is the most common way to score in a football game, but other plays can also be scored.

People watch football games to pass time, while others gather with their friends to watch the game. Some people form rivalries with their football fans. Fans of rival teams may live in the same city or even share a hometown. They gloat when their team wins, and complain when their team loses. If you’re into football, there are a lot of ways to enjoy a game: on your couch, in your car, or even at a bar.

The game has evolved from soccer and rugby. The first American football match was played on November 6, 1869 between Princeton and Rutgers. The “Father of American Football” is Walter Camp, who changed the rules of the game by adding a line of scrimmage, a neutral zone, and eleven players instead of twenty. And later, changes in the rules allowed the forward pass and specified the size and shape of the football.

There are also penalties for offensive and defensive players. One of these is called pass interference. When a defender touches a pass receiver while the ball is in the air, it is considered pass interference. Depending on the offense, the player may be penalized for passing into a player with a face mask. The other is called roughing the passer. Both players are protected by helmets, but the defender must not make contact with another player until the ball is touched. Another common penalty is clipping.

Football is played on a rectangular field. Two teams consist of 11 players each. Each team tries to advance the ball down the field. The opposing team’s goal is to intercept or stop the ball from reaching the end zone. The game is a fast-paced team sport, and rules are constantly changing. This article will provide an overview of some of the most basic concepts of the game. If you’re curious, feel free to try out these rules and learn how they apply to your local game.