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Understanding American Football's Downs, Yardage, and Stuff

The down system in American football keeps the game interesting. After all, if the offense kept running plays but never got anywhere, the sport would be really boring. Using the down system, the offense [more…]

How the Football Season Is Set Up

The American football season is different for high school, college, and pro teams. Teams at every level play during a standard season and are governed by various football leagues, such as the NFL and NCAA [more…]

Tailoring Your Football Coaching Goals to an Age Group

Every child on your team is different in so many ways. Some are gifted runners, others can make dazzling catches, and some struggle simply to grasp the basic techniques of the game. Regardless of the strengths [more…]

Football Coaching Geared to Kids of Different Ages

Part of your football coaching responsibility is knowing and understanding what to expect — both physically and emotionally — from youngsters who play the game at a particular age level. [more…]

How Football Developed as a Game in the United States

American football evolved from two games that were popular in other parts of the world: soccer and rugby. The first form of American football emerged on November 6, 1869, when teams from Princeton and [more…]

NFL Playoffs and the Super Bowl

After the regular football season, the NFL schedule moves into the playoffs, which ultimately lead up to the Super Bowl. In regular-season games, teams compete for the best win-loss records, and those [more…]

Coaching Football by Motivating Players

Football is the ultimate team game, and you need to motivate your players to work as a team. Although the sport allows individuals in some positions (such as quarterbacks, who can elude defenders and scramble [more…]

Fitting Football Equipment on a Child for Safe Play

When playing football, kids must be outfitted for safety. In addition to organizing practices and teaching skills, good football coaches need to know how to properly fit equipment, such as helmets and [more…]

Football Coach's Halftime Talk to the Team

While coaching your football team for the first half of a game, you see all sorts of things: players scoring touchdowns, dropping passes, making diving tackles, and fumbling the ball, among others. So, [more…]

How Fantasy Football Game Play Is Scored

To win in fantasy football, your team needs to score more points than any other team in your league. A fantasy team scores points based on each player’s performance and personal stats, in addition to the [more…]

Common Football Terms to Know

Football fans have their own language when they talk about the game. To keep up, it’s useful to know what terms like down, extra point, safety, and snap mean. [more…]

What Football Playing Field White Lines Mean

White lines on a football field are critical to playing the game. By knowing what yard lines, hash lines, and end lines represent, you’ll have an easier time following the game. [more…]

How Football Game Time Is Measured in Quarters

To keep things in small, easily digestible chunks, every football game is divided into quarters and these quarters are divided into smaller segments whenever the game clock stops [more…]

How Football Teams Can Score Points in Game Play

When a team has possession of the football, it can score points in several ways. Touchdowns, extra points, two-point conversions, field goals, and safeties all can increase a team's score. [more…]

Motivating Your Football Players through Smart Coaching

Here are some coaching guidelines to help motivate your football players to give their best efforts, not get discouraged, and become the best they can be on the playing field: [more…]

Coaching Supplies for Football Practice and Games

Being prepared for football practice or the big game is your responsibility as the coach. Keep these items with you so you’re prepared for an emergency and have enough of the right equipment for football [more…]

Football Coaches' Pre-Game Responsibilities

Before you send your football team out on the field and call those plays you have worked on for weeks, use this checklist to attend to your pre-game responsibilities as football coach: [more…]

Coaching Football during Pre-Game, Post-Game, and Halftime

Keeping your football players focused, positive, playing hard and having fun before, during, and after a football game is your job as their coach. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you gather your [more…]

Coaching Football For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Coaching football involves motivating your players; supplying the right equipment for practice and games; and having the facilities and your team ready before, during, and after a football game. [more…]

The Football Pitch, or Field of Play

If you’re going to understand football as those in the UK see it, you need to find your way around the pitch the game is played on (or playing field in American English). This diagram is here to help. [more…]

Explaining the Offside Law: Law 11

The offside law (Law 11) is the most argued-over law wherever in the world the game of football is played, even though it’s pretty simple. Here’s how it works. [more…]

Refereeing Signals in Football

The referee controls a game of football, implementing the laws of the game (whether the sport is played in the United States or the United Kingdom). Perhaps no other team sport leaves such a wide margin [more…]

Stretching for Football Warmup

Different players in the UK have their own personal stretching routines, depending on their physical make-up. A qualified fitness instructor can plan a bespoke programme for you, but there’s no need to [more…]

Football For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Football is an easy game to understand. It’s also the most popular team sport on the planet. Whether you’re watching or playing in the UK or the United States, you may still feel the need for a helping [more…]

Common Penalties in American Football

Making sense of the penalties in American football can be tough — unless you have a handy list of common penalties to refer to as you watch a football game. Here are some brief explanations of common penalties [more…]

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