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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…]

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…]

Football Players' Roles in Team Offense and Defense

Whether on an offensive or defensive line, each player in a football lineup has a specific job to do. Each player/position has a specific role to play. The offensive positions are shown in the lower half [more…]

4 NFL Rule Changes for 2013

Although the basic rules of how to score and move the football down the field generally remain static, the NFL frequently makes minor adjustments to rules and penalties. For 2013, NFL owners made four [more…]

National Football League (NFL) Uniform Codes

In a high school game, you may see a player wearing a torn jersey or exposing his midriff area, or you may see five different styles or brands of shoes on 11 different players. None of this occurs in the [more…]

Overtime and Sudden Death in American Football

If a football game is tied at the end of regulation play, the game goes into overtime. To decide who gets the ball in overtime, team captains meet at the center of the field for a coin toss. The team that [more…]

The Downs System in American Football

Watching a football game in which the offense keeps running plays but never goes anywhere would be really boring. To prevent that, the fathers of football created the [more…]

The Various Ways American Football Teams Score Points

Football teams can score points in several ways — and scoring more points than the other team is the object of the game. The following sections explain each method of scoring. [more…]

5-Yard Penalties in American Football

The following common penalties give the offended football team an additional 5 yards. Some of these penalties, when noted, are accompanied by an automatic first down. [more…]

10-Yard Penalties in American Football

A penalty is an infraction of the rules. In American football, the specific penalties and their ramifications can get pretty complicated. These penalties cost the offending football team 10 yards: [more…]

15-Yard Penalties in American Football

These are the penalties that make football coaches yell at their players because they cost the team 15 yards — the stiffest penalties (other than ejection or pass interference) in American football: [more…]

Specific Pass-Play Penalties in American Football

These penalties occur only when the offensive football team has attempted a forward pass. Here are three of the most common penalties you see on pass plays: [more…]

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