The Football Pitch, or Field of Play
Part of the Football For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)
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.
The Atlantic Coast Conference of college football teams.
An acronym for the American Football Conference.
An acronym for the American Football League.
An acronym for the Bowl Championship Series.
A college athletic conference whose eleven-member institutions are located mainly in the Midwestern United States.
A week during which an NFL team doesn’t play; every NFL team has one week of the season off.
The player who snaps the ball to the quarterback. A center handles the ball on every play.
An acronym for Team Defense.
A player who’s responsible for blocking for the running back and also for pass-blocking to protect the quarterback. Fullbacks, who are generally bigger than running backs, are short-yardage runners.
The member of the special team who is responsible for field goal and extra point attempts.
An acronym for the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
An acronym for the National Football Conference.
An acronym for the National Football League.
The Pacific-10 Conference is a college athletic conference that operates in the western United States.
A kick to the opponent without the use of a tee.
The leader of the team. The quarterback calls the plays in the huddle, yells the signals at the line of scrimmage, and then receives the ball from the center. Then he hands off the ball to a running back, throws it to a receiver, or runs with it.
A player who runs with the football.
The Southeastern Conference of college football teams.
A draft in which each fantasy coach has one pick in each round. Each team makes its first-round pick based on a predetermined order.
An acronym for Special Teams.
A top-rated fantasy football starter.
A player who serves as a receiver and also as a blocker. The tight end lines up beside the offensive tackle to the right or the left of the quarterback.
A situation where a player is dropped from a team roster; the player goes on waivers for a limited time before becoming a free agent. All coaches then have a set amount of time (usually two days) to decide whether to add him to their teams.
A player who uses his speed to elude defenders and catch the football. Teams use as many as two to four wide receivers on every play.