A Collection of Images from Football Rules & Positions In A Day For Dummies
Key to diagrams
These symbols are used in the diagrams of lineups and formations.
The playing field
Every marking on a football field serves a specific purpose.
The NFL goal post
When the football is kicked through the goal posts, teams score one or three points, depending on the situation.
The football uniform
Football uniforms are standard across all levels of the sport.
The quarterback (QB) lines up directly behind the center at the beginning of each play.
A quarterback may line up under center, and then the center snaps the ball to him to start the play.
Catching a football
To catch a football, a receiver spreads his hands as wide as possible while keeping his thumbs together and then brings his hands up in front of his face.
The offensive line
The offensive line is made up of five players, with the man in the middle called the center.
Nose tackle position
The nose tackle (N) lines up opposite the center, nose to nose.
Defensive tackle and defensive end positions
The defensive tackles (DT) line up inside the defensive ends (DE).
Sam linebacker position
A Sam linebacker lines up directly across from the tight end and tries to disrupt the tight end’s movements.
Willy linebacker position
The Willy linebacker (W) covers the weak side.
Mike linebacker position
The Mike linebacker (M) lines up across and back from the center and is prepared to tackle anyone with the ball.
The two cornerbacks (CBs) generally line up on the far left and right sides of the line of scrimmage and are ready to defend the receivers.
Free safety position
The free safety (FS) lines up deep and off the line of scrimmage, hoping to prevent the long pass.