The Basics of Football


Originally played in Europe, football was a game that spread to the United States in the early 20th century. Originally dominated by the Ivy League, the game evolved into the sport we know today.

The goal of a football game is to score more goals than your opponent in 90 minutes of play. Each team has a playbook of dozens to hundreds of plays to try. Each team tries to run the ball, pass it to a teammate, or shoot it at the goal.

A football match is divided into two halves of 45 minutes each. During the first 15 minutes of play, each team gets a chance to score a goal. The second half is played after a 15-minute half-time break.

There are seventeen Laws of the Game. These laws are designed to apply to all levels of play. There are also numerous IFAB directives that contribute to the regulation of the game.

The first standardized collegiate rule book was published in 1873. This book, produced at the Freemason’s Tavern in Great Queen Street, London, is said to be the first comprehensive set of rules.

One of the most interesting aspects of football is the formation of a team. Players line up in formations, usually defined by their team manager. Depending on the level of the game, ten outfield players may be used in a variety of combinations.

There are a number of passing plays designed to mimic running plays. These plays can be a risky endeavor.