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Football Rules and Basics in 10 Minutes with SportSpectator

SportSpectator guide to football
What are downs? What does it mean to sack the quarterback? Where does a tight end play? How many points is a safety worth? The SportSpectator Football Guide answers these questions and more! Below is the free online version of our printed educational brochure. Testimonial
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Fan's Guide to Football, Page 1 of 5: History & Object of the Game

football player1- History & Object of the Game
2- The Essentials (Offense & Defense, Scoring, etc.)
3- Fouls
4- Field Diagram & Positions
5- Glossary of Football Terms


The roots of American football trace back to the 1870s, when Walter Camp led the sport’s evolution from classic European rugby. Organized professional football did not exist until 1920, and the National Football League (NFL) was established in 1922. Football is now the most popular sport in the United States at the high school, college, and professional levels.


Object of the Game

To outscore the opposition by advancing the ball across the opponent’s goal-line for a “touchdown,” or by kicking the ball through the opponent’s goalposts for a “field goal.”


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