The Basics of Football


Football is one of the most popular sports in the world. There are millions of fans who regularly attend professional games and billions of people who watch it on television. And millions more play it at the amateur level. In fact, according to FIFA, there are over 240 million amateur players in 200 countries. The popularity of the game can be attributed to its simple rules and minimal equipment requirements.

The game starts with a player snapping the ball to another player. When the ball touches the ground or is tackled, the play ends. Typically, it ends when the ball touches the ground or when a flag is taken. The offense can then kick the ball in a variety of ways to score points or turn the ball over to their opponent as far away as possible from the end zone.

The most important goal in football is scoring a touchdown. A touchdown is scored when a player carries the ball across an opponent’s end zone, or when they catch a pass and make it into the end zone. It is worth six points. Sometimes, teams are awarded an additional bonus point when they score a touchdown. These extra points are called extra-point conversions.

A football game has three main parts: offense, defense, and special teams. The aim of each team is to score more goals than their opponent in a 90-minute game. There is a 15-minute half-time, after which the second 45 minutes begin. After that, injury time is added.