Football Player Positions

playing football 5In American Football, only 11 players from each team are on the field at any given moment, although a full team of players totals 45. Under the modern rules of the game, a team may make any number of substitutions that it wishes, but this can only be done at the end of a play.

The result of this has been that teams have formed into three different “platoons” one of which will be on the field at any time depending on the role that is required. The three platoons are the Offense, which is the team with the ball endeavoring to score, the Defense which is trying to stop the offense from scoring, and the Special Team which is fielded when there is kicking play.

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NFL Players Draft

NFL DraftThe National Football League players Draft is nothing if not complicated, and the rules change constantly as the League endeavors to ensure fairness. Here we will consider the current rules and explain them in a way that we hope the novice will understand.

The annual NFL Draft gives teams the chance of obtaining talented players for their clubs, and the chance that a drafted player will boost a team’s chances of victory ensures that there is serious competition. The rivalry between clubs to attract star players has led to the NFL making changes to the Draft rules on many occasions in an attempt to see that fairness prevails.

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Collegiate Football

playing football 3In the US the NFL (National Football League) is the predominant professional football association, while the National College Athletic Association is the leading amateur association.

The NFL boasts the highest attendance record of any sports league worldwide, the last figures available being for 2011 when just short of an average of 67,000 people attended every game during the season.

The Third Most Popular Sport

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Youth Football Leagues

youth footballMany youngsters take an interest in football at an early age, particularly if their parents (mainly fathers) are avid fans. As you might imagine, the National Football League does everything it can to encourage interest in the sport, having found over the years that lifelong diehard enthusiasts start early, whereas those who start later are usually only casual fans.

Of course, many high school players want to get into the top echelons of the game, but with over a million high school players and only around 300 NFL openings every year, the chances are slim. The odds are probably not much better than winning the lottery. As one commentator put it, you might as well walk into a casino with $10 and a plan to win a million.

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Football Basics

football field 2Football is a field game consisting of 45 players on each of two teams, of which only eleven of each team are on the field at any one time.

One team, in possession of the ball is called the offense, while the other team is the defense.

Length Of Field

The football field is 100 yards long and 160 feet wide. At each end of the field is an additional ten yard strip which is called the end zone.

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History Of Football

playing football 2American Football – correctly called gridiron football after the vertical yard lines marking the field – can trace its’ roots back to a game of soccer, or Association Football, played at Rugby School in England in 1843.

A young student named William Ellis became tired of simply kicking the ball, and picked it up and ran with it down the field. This, of course, was a foul, since in soccer it is illegal to touch the ball with your hands – even accidentally – but other students and staff suddenly became interested in the possibility of developing the game into something rather different.

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