American football has the common name of football with what all people around the world know is a totally different sport; we in America add the 'American' to the football to diminish confusion that's created without it. So, the fact is they are different sports so here are a few facts about American football that will make it understandable to the visitors among us who are looking at the television on Saturday and Sunday in complete confusion.
Rules of American football
- It's always played on a 100-yard field.
- There are eleven players from each team on the field during play.
- The offensive team tries to score touchdowns by either running or passing the football into the defense's end zone. There are two end zones: one at each end of the 100-yard field.
- The defensive team tries to stop the offense's forward progress by tackling or pushing them off the field of play
- The offensive team can score points by kicking field goals, scoring touchdowns, kicking extra points after touchdowns and running or passing for two points after a touchdown.
- The defensive team can score a safety by tackling the offensive ball carrier for a loss in their own end zone
- The offense tries to get first downs by gaining ten yards by passing or running the ball, pushing the defense back against its own end zone.
- The offense has four downs to get a first down which gives them a new set of downs or opportunities to let their offense try to score; if they fail to get ten yards they lose possession to the other team.
- On fourth down the offensive team punts to the other team that then puts its offense on the field while the punting team puts its defense on.
Check out the attached video which uses fruit to represent the offense and defense...there is more to know than is in this video, but it gets the basic rules of American football across.
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