The Basics of Football

Football is a popular sport played by many people worldwide. It is a team sport, and players wear uniforms (jerseys and pants) to distinguish one team from the other. They also wear lightweight foam and hard plastic shells in their shoulders to protect them from injury.

The game consists of four 15-minute quarters, and the teams are divided into three phases: offense, defense, and special teams. Each phase focuses on different goals.


The offense attempts to get the ball into the opponent’s end zone. This can be done by rushing, throwing the ball, or receiving a pass. It’s a very fast and exciting game, and there are lots of strategies that can be used to try to score points.


The defense tries to stop the offensive team from scoring by preventing them from moving down the field past their own goal line. They use a variety of strategies, including blitzing the quarterback and defending against passing plays.


The defensive team may take the ball away from the offensive team by fumbling it, or catching it and then attempting to return it to the offensive team. It can also be done by intercepting a pass from the quarterback and returning it for a touchdown.


The first play of the game is the kickoff, which consists of a long kick from one team to the other. The kickoff is usually quite long and includes both teams rushing toward each other in order to prevent each other from advancing too far back towards their own end zones.