The Rules of American Football – EXPLAINED! (NFL)

Ninh explains:- The Rules of American Football The object of the game is for your team to
score more points than the opposing team. Teams are made up of 46 players in the NFL,
with 11 players taking the field at any one time. The field is 100 yards long by 53 yards wide,
with two 10 yard endzones at each end. White markings on the field help players,
referee’s and spectators keep track of what’s going on. The game starts with a kickoff.
The team with possession of the ball is known as the offense, and the team without the ball
is the defense. The job of the offense is to move the ball
up the field and score points. This can be done by either running forwards
with the ball, or by throwing it up the field for a teammate to catch. The offense is given 4 chances (or 4 downs)
to make at least 10 yards. If the offense manages to move the ball 10
yards or more, they will retain possession of the ball whilst given another 4 downs to
make another 10 yards. On your TV screen, you will see this graphic.
This tells you what down the team is on and this tells you how many yards they need to
make. If you’re also watching this on TV, they will also show the lines they need to
cross in order to make their downs. The defence’s job is to stop the offense
moving the ball forwards by tackling. This includes pulling them to the ground,
stopping them from moving forward or forcing them off the field. If the offense fails to move the ball 10 yards
within 4 downs, the ball is given to the defending team at that point.
The defending team will then bring on their offensive players and try and move the ball
in the opposite direction so that they can score. You will most likely see an offense kick the
ball away on fourth down to make it more difficult for the other team to score. The teams will usually have three different
units of 11 players that come on the field at different times. They include: The Offense.
These players will usually come on the field when they have possession of the ball.
The offensive unit consists of these positions The quarterback is the most important player
on the field as he’s the one who decides to pass the ball up the field, hand it off
to a teammate so that they can run with it, or run with it himself.
These offensive line positions are usually responsible for protecting the quarterback.
The wide receivers are responsible for running down the field to catch the ball thrown by
the quarterback, The running back and full back is responsible
for running with the ball up the field. The Defense
These players will usually come on the field when the other team has the ball.
The defensive unit consists of these positions –
The defensive line is responsible for moving past the offensive line.
The line-backers stop running backs coming through the defensive line and they also are
responsible for attacking the quarterback. The cornerbacks try and stop the wide receivers.
And the safeties try and stop a pass up the middle of the field. Special Teams.
Special teams are specialist players that come on the field when there is a kick involved.
Within the special teams is a mix of offensive and defensive players mixed with either a
punter or kicker for offense, or a punt returner for defense. Now you know what all the players do and how
the game is played. But how do you score? In American Football, there’s four different
ways of scoring: 1. Touchdown:
The main way of scoring is via a touchdown. If the ball is carried into the endzone area,
or thrown and caught in the endzone, this is a touchdown and is worth 6 points.
Unlike in Rugby, you do not need to touch the ball down on the ground, all you have
to do is cross the line with the nose of the ball to score. 2. Extra points.
Once a touchdown has been scored, you have the option of kicking it through the uprights
for an extra point, or try and pass or run the ball into the endzone again for an extra
two points. Most teams play it safe and go with the one
point. 3. Field Goal.
At any time, the team with the ball can kick the ball between the posts and over the crossbar.
To do this, they must hand it to a teammate who will hold it on the ground ready for a
kicker to make the kick. A successful kick scores 3 points. 4. Safety.
If the defense tackles an offensive player behind his own goal line, the defending team
scores two points. The game is played in 4 x 15 minute quarters,
for a combined playing time of 60 minutes. Highest score at the end of 60 minutes wins.
Ties are rare in American Football, and overtime periods are played if necessary to determine
a winner. Different leagues have different rules about tie games. Is that it? Is that all I need to know. Well, you’re almost there, but American
Football is filled with lots of rules, and you’ll need to understand a few more of
them before you watch or play a game. For example. FUMBLE
If a ball carrier or passer drops the ball, that’s a fumble. Any player on the field can
recover the ball by diving on it or he can run with it. The team that recovers a fumble
gets possession of the ball. INTERCEPTION
An aggressive defense can regain possession of the ball by catching (intercepting) passes
that are meant for players on the other team. Both fumble recoveries and interceptions can
be run back into the end zone for touchdowns. SACK
If the defense tackles a Quarterback whilst he has possession of the ball, this is known
as a ‘sack’. This is detrimental to the offense, as a down is wasted and it usually
results in a loss of yards. INCOMPLETE PASS
If a pass intended to a receiver hits the ground first, it is ruled an incomplete pass.
A down is wasted and play restarts from the sport of the last down. PENALTY
If a player breaks one of the rules, referees will throw flags onto the field.
They will determine who made the foul and how many yards his team should be penalised. CHALLENGE
If a coach disagrees with a decision on the field, they can throw red flags onto the field.
The previous play will then be reviewed and if the challenge is successful – the ruling
on the field is reversed. If the challenge is unsuccessful and the ruling
on the field stands, they forfeit one timeout. TIMEOUTS
If a team wants to stop the clock to regroup, take a break or discuss strategy, they are
allowed three time-outs per half. Each time out lasts 60 seconds. Players get a break
of 12 minutes at half time. This is all a lot to take in, but once you
start playing or watching American Football, the rules will become clear. If you have found this video at all helpful,
please like, share with your friends, rate and comment. It takes me ages to make one
of these videos and good karma is always appreciated. Be sure to follow me on twitter also, but
in the meantime – enjoy American Football. Ninh Ly,, @NinhLyUK

70 thoughts on “The Rules of American Football – EXPLAINED! (NFL)

  1. Appreciate the vid, I knew most if not all of the stuff, but still wanted to watch it since I’m not an expert in nfl as I am in other leagues. No shot clock mention tho?

  2. Thank you this taught me so much next season I’m playing football for Boylan and I wanted to know some of the basic rules before I started thank you🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸😬😬😬

  3. I’m 14 and I start high school in August so I wanna learn football so I can play I played one season when I was 8 and didn’t know shit about football still don’t fully know but I wanna play throughout my entire high school years!! So I’m definitely watching this video

  4. the o line is the most important part. Of the offense the players can't do there thing and score if the quarter back is getting killed in the back feild constantly.

  5. Hey i am a 11 year old and know nothing about football but this vid help me and i just wanted to say thank

  6. Can you pass more then once when with the ball or can you only pass once and then run it as far as you can? I'm from NZ and my class is studying American football, mind helping out?

  7. thank you very much for this…i`m from Croatia, Europe, and i like this game, but never understand it…you made it a lot easier…i only know about touchdown and other goals…which teams are the best, and which game from the not so long past should i watch to enjoy the game, and to understand it…if that is even possible???but i will start to watch American Football now, but i prefer European Football, or what you call Soccer…and again, thank you very much

  8. Sweet, always wondered about this sport. Looking forward to watching some games now i have an idea about what is going on. Been watching a few movies got me interested, will be interested to see and learn about some of the playbook stuff and tactics. Who should i support , no clue of any names of any team hahaha. This is sweet, its like a whole new world

  9. Now I finally understand it. Can't wait for the NFL season to start! This is my first season as a fan and I can't wait!!!!!!

  10. Nice video.. really !!!
    I'm from France, born and raised.. but I happen to be raised in American pop culture.. which means I know a lot about basketball..
    Didn't know anything about football until your video,!!!
    Never understood a damn thing in baseball either, but I feel like if there is anyone that can explain something to me, it'll be you.

  11. I'm from England and am about to get into this and this really helped, along with research about how the divisions and play-offs work! Can't wait for the season, although it won't overtake me watching football 😉 And if there's anyone else starting to watch any new sport, pick a team to make it more fun 🙂

  12. What happens if an incomplete pass is made on 4th down, saw the highlights from Superbowl and saw it done but the Rams started offense from where the ball touched the floor, how come?

  13. Did you see the NFC Championship game between the Rams and Saints? Tell me about how you felt about the controversy (the blown Pass Interference call that cost the Saints the game) in the final minutes of the 4th quarter.

  14. Man, have I've been missing out.

    Thanks to the media I was given the idea that American Football was a game of brutes for brutes, which didn't raise my interest. Looking at it now, it involves strategy more closely than any sport which just made my interest rise. Seems like I just found my sport.

  15. Tks for using the Dallas Cowboys as your visual. We fans just get tickled to death when we see that. Always remember one important if not the most important aspect of the game. Game management. Use of the clock…keep the ball in your possession longer and score each possession, keep your defense off the field as long as possible. D should always be fresh. Thanks for taking an interest in our modern day gladiatorial events occurring every Autumn through Winter.

  16. I cannot say I get it all but thanks! Have always been curious as to how it's played. Here in the Philippines, Basketball is like the national sport. As well as boxing.

  17. I'm an American, and I didn't know half of this crap. All I know is that if I'm watching a game with my mom and she's happy, then whatever the Eagles just did was a good thing. If she starts speculating that the quarterback's parents weren't actually married in colorful language, whatever they did was bad.

    I remember someone online once calling it Demolition Chess, and that seems pretty accurate.

  18. My NFL team only plays second to my premier league team as they’re the team I’ve supported since I was born. But because I have family in Boston, I adopted the patriots as my team and started watching NFL 4 years ago…what a lucky time to adopt a sport 😂.

  19. Hi! Thanks for the great video.. I've started to get interested in Nfl: teams, players, stadiums, history.. everything related to the sport but what I like the most is rivalries!
    I took a lot of interest in the Packers from Green Bay.
    Greetings from Italy!!!

  20. i’m fully american my boyfriend is on the dallas cowboys but i’m so confused that this helped so much😂 i’m trying to learn

  21. I'm from the UK and I love NFL, but there's so much huge ego football (soccer) fans here, "eggball", "this sucks", when they don't even know the rules, how do you keep calm with these morons bashing one of your favourite sports?

  22. This would’ve been a good video for me when I was learning American football. Instead I listened to my fellow Americans call me an idiot for not understanding anything about the game. Ah friendship.

    Football looks harder to understand then it actual is..Watch a few games, and just look up any question you have about what happened..
    As an American, I do admit soccer/futbal is a lot easier to understand, and play then American football. A few friends, and a soccer ball is all it really takes to play a game.
     With that in mind, I do think an average American football game is a lot more fun to watch then an average soccer/futball game..but World Cup is the greatest sporting event in the world, and dominates all the others including the Superbowl.

  24. I’m really starting to understand these rules, but I’m really stuck working out what positions which, someone help explain plz

  25. what happens if you don't have any timeouts left? would you be able to challenge without a timeout? thanks in advance

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