The Basics of Football


Football is a sport in which two teams of 11 players run around a field and try to score points. It is a team sport with rules that differ depending on the level of play.

The game has 17 laws regulated by FIFA, which are often referred to as the Laws of the Game. They regulate a number of aspects of the game including goalkeeping, fouls, tackling and the formation of teams.

Scoring: Touchdown (TD) and Field Goals

The main goal of the offense is to score a touchdown by carrying or passing the ball across the opponent’s goal line. This is worth 6 points and can be done by running or passing the ball, or by catching it in the end zone.

Defensively, the aim of the defense is to prevent the offensive team from scoring by gaining possession of the ball. They also stop the ball from being scored on downs by tackling or bringing the offensive player to the ground.

Offense: Usually, the quarterback is the most important player on the offense. They can run or pass the ball, and they must be able to handle pressure from all 11 players on the defense.

Center: The center is a very important player on the offense, as they are aligned directly behind the quarterback. They have a special position that allows them to see the whole field from an upside-down and backwards perspective.

Plays: Each team has its own set of plays that it can use to play the game. These can vary from playing a zone defense to man-to-man coverage.