Rules Of American Football NFL
Rules Of American Football EXPLAINED FOR BEGINNERS
Hello, everyone! Welcome to this NFL-Legends website. I’m going to explain the beautiful rules of American football. It’s such an interesting game and, after knowing the rules, you will love it. I guarantee it!
We can help you learn the game as much as possible. Now let’s get started. The first thing you need to know about American football is that the football field is 120 yards long and 53.3 yards wide. It used to be measured in feet, but now it’s measured in yards. So, we have 120 yards from the back of one end zone to the back of the other end zone, and 53.3 yards wide.
Often, an American Football field is called a hundred yards because it’s measured from goal line to goal line, which measures at 100 yards. Each end zone is 10 yards, so that’s where you get 120 yards. Also, the lines that run down the field are called hash marks. These hash marks are important because that’s where the ball is reset to if the ball goes out of bounds, which we’ll talk about in a little bit. As far as knowing the football field, it’s good to know that it’s 100 yards by 53.3 yards wide, and the lines that run down the edges of the field are called hash marks.
Now, let’s start to talk about the actual game itself.
The very first thing that happens, whether it’s the NFL or a youth level, is the coin toss. Both teams will elect captains to go to the center of the field, and the referee will typically ask the away team if they choose heads or tails on the coin. The coin is flipped, and once it’s in the air, the away team will say heads or tails. If the away team chooses it correctly, let’s say they choose heads, and it comes up heads, they will choose whether they want to kick the football first, receive the football first, or defer. For the sake of this video, we’ll say that the away team chooses to receive the football. That means the other team will kick the football to start the game, and then in the second half, the other team will receive the football, and then the away team will kick the football. So it flips.
Football is typically played in four quarters,
meaning they will have 12 to 15-minute quarters, and there are four of them. In the NFL, it’s going to be 15-minute quarters. Youth leagues and high school leagues will sometimes play 10 or 12-minute quarters. But there is a first quarter, a second quarter, halftime, a third quarter, and then a fourth quarter, and of course, the end of the game.
Every single game will start with what we call a kickoff.
Whoever won the toss and then elected to kick the football will line up, and you’re going to see one team that’s going to be lined up essentially in a straight line, and then the kicker will be in the middle. On the other side of the field, you’ll see the kick return team will be in a special formation, wherever their coaches decide where they’re going to try to return the football. When the kicker’s ready, he’ll kick the football off to the other team. The kick return team will then try to return the ball for a touchdown. Now, more often than not, it’s very hard to score a touchdown on a kick return, so what you’ll see is that player be tackled. Once that player is tackled, and the referee blows the whistle for the play to be over, the offense will then come on the field, and then the defense will come on the field.
When watching an NFL game on TV,
you’ll often see “first and ten.” This means that the offense has four chances to get 10 yards. First down means this is their first chance to get 10 yards, second down means this is their second chance, and so on. The whole basis of football is to move the ball past 10 yards to get a new set of downs. The offense’s main goal is to score a touchdown.
The scoring in NFL football looks like this:
If you score a touchdown, it is worth six points. All a player has to do in order to score a touchdown is to cross the goal line. The numbers on the field go from 50 to 40 to 30 to 20 to 10, and then there’s a thick solid white line. Players need to cross this line with the football or the football itself needs to cross the line when they have possession of it for a touchdown to happen. There are two ways that the offense can move the football; they can either run it or throw it through the air. Running the football is safer because it’s a simple handoff from the quarterback to the running back, and then he will try to gain as many yards as possible.