Developing a Deeper Understanding of the Game of Football
From James Alder, former About.com Guide
Game and League Play
If you're new to football or the NFL, this breakdown of the basics will make it very easy to understand. We'll take you step by step through the system of downs used, the various ways to score, and define many of the terms associated with the game. We'll also give you a brief overview of how the NFL works, including the divisional setup and playoff format.
Explore summaries of the rules of the NFL, NCAA, Arena football and other football leagues with resources that highlight the basics. Also included are explanations of variations from traditional football rules.
This tutorial identifies and defines each of the basic football positions on offense and defense, as well as the specialized positions on special teams.
We hear terms like Cover Two, Zone Blitz, and West Coast offense tossed around all the time, but what exactly are these things? Check out many of the strategies and philosophies commonly used in football over the years.
Many of the procedures used in the National Football League, like tie-breaking formulas, scheduling procedures, and the uniform numbering system are explained in an easy-to-understand format.
Discover the differences in football officials, get instructions on how to become a football official, and explore other resources outlining the game's penalties and signals.