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Football Special Teams: How to Return a Punt

Punt returning in American football isn’t always as exciting as returning a kickoff because the distance between the team punting and the punt returner isn’t as great. Returning a punt for positive yards [more…]

The Coaching Staff in American Football

Almost every American football team has more than one coach. Including strength and conditioning coaches, the typical NFL team averages 15 assistant coaches. [more…]

How to Listen to an American Football Game on the Radio

Every NFL team and most major college American football teams have a local radio station that owns the rights to the teams’ broadcasts. And because of the popularity of sports talk radio, many fans want [more…]

Sign Up Your Kids for Youth Football

Depending on where you live in the United States, your child has multiple options for playing youth football. When you sign up your child for youth football, you need a copy of his birth certificate and [more…]

The Rules of High School Football

Some high school principals believe that football is the most important extracurricular activity on campus. Every state in the U.S. has its own high school federation or association that governs high school [more…]

NCAA Football Teams

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the governing body of college athletics, reports that more than 650 member colleges fielded football teams during the 2010 season. These colleges are [more…]

College Football Conferences

American college football teams play most of their games against schools in their own conferences. The best-known Division I FBS college football conferences are the Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC [more…]

The Football College Bowl Championship Series

In 1998, six major college football conferences — ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10, and SEC — instituted the Bowl Championship Series, or BCS. The BCS is a playoff system that attempts to determine [more…]

Professional Football Player Designations

The National Football League owners and the NFL Players Association (the union that represents the interests of the players) have agreed upon certain terms when discussing the status of a football player [more…]

Professional American Football Leagues besides the NFL

The National Football League (NFL) isn’t the only professional American football league. Diehard American football fans can watch games in the summer months, football’s traditional offseason, and watch [more…]

How Receivers Beat Man-to-Man Coverage

Man-to-man coverage in American football is a style in which one football player guards (or defends) another. The defender covers a single receiver no matter where he runs. His responsibility is to make [more…]

The Quarterback's Hand Off and Grip

In a football game, one of the most important things for a quarterback to learn is the running game and how it affects his steps from center. Some running plays call for the quarterback to open his right [more…]

The Quarterback's Stance, Drop Back, and Hand Off

In a football game, a quarterback begins each offensive play with his stance behind the center and his hands under the center. The center snaps the football back to the quarterback, as shown in this figure [more…]

Football's Offensive Team: The Receivers

Wide receivers and tight ends are the principal players who catch passes in American football, although running backs also are used extensively in every passing offense. Receivers come in all sizes and [more…]

Difficult Situations an Offensive Line May Face in Football

An American football coach — or a quarterback, for that matter — sometimes needs to lead his football team’s offense out of the sticky situations that arise. Offenses use these strategies to gain the necessary [more…]

Ten Terms American Football Announcers Use

One of the most difficult and intimidating parts about following an American football game is that the announcers sometimes seem to be speaking a foreign language known only to true football enthusiasts [more…]

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How to Make the Most of Attending a Football Game

To the die-hard American football fan, nothing beats watching a football game live. You get caught up in the excitement of cheering for your team. You sometimes get the feeling that the outcome of the [more…]

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The National Football League Conferences

Today, the National Football League (NFL) is divided into two conferences: the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference [more…]

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American Football Officials

The men wearing black-and-white striped shirts on an American football field are the officials. They enforce the rules, keep players from hurting each other, call penalties, and monitor the clock. Without [more…]

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Referee Signals in American Football

A lot of gesturing goes on during a football game. The hand signals to pay attention to are those made by the referee. Their signals help you understand what just happened on the field. [more…]

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American Football Passing Patterns

When watching an American football game at home or in the stands, you can look for basic pass patterns that are used in all levels of football. By knowing these pass patterns [more…]

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How to Watch an American Football Game on TV

In a way, television is the best way to watch a football game; you can see up close what’s happening on the football field, and you can watch TV replays of the big plays if you missed them the first time [more…]

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A Collection of Football Rules & Positions In A Day Images

Sometimes it’s tough to see the details of the images in your e-reader of choice. To get a closer look at the photos and figures included in Football Rules & Positions In A Day For Dummies, [more…]

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How to Identify Football Formations

When football players take the field, they line up in certain places on or behind the line of scrimmage. These patterns are called formations. Here’s a brief overview of the lineups for both sides of the [more…]

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A Collection of Images from Football Rules & Positions In A Day For Dummies

The photos and figures in this gallery are from FootballRules & Positions In A Day For Dummies and illustrate different aspects of the game. The images appear in the order that they appear in the book. [more…]

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