American Football can seem a relatively confusing game to watch, if you don’t know the basics.
In a quick nutshell: The game is played by two teams, of which their aim is to get the ball into the opponents “end zone”.
Once the ball gets into the end zone, by either running or throwing the ball to a team-mate, the team scores a “touch down”- worth 6 points. The team then has the opportunity to kick the ball through the posts for an addition 1 point.
“American football is a game of yards and inches”
Once the ball is thrown, or ran, by the attacking team, they are not considered “down” until they are tackled or the ball hits the ground.
The attacking team must move the ball a total of 10 yards, in what is known as “four downs”. The team has four chances to gain 10 yards, if they are successful they get another “four downs” to move it a further 10 yards (until they reach the “end zone”).
Following me so far?
If the team doesn’t reach 10 yards within four downs, then they must either “punt” the ball to the opposition or try for a field goal (worth 3 points).
All in all there are far too many rules and plays to explain in this introduction to American Football. Learning as you watch is the best way to fully understand.
If you have any questions about American Football, please just drop a question in the comments box and I’ll get back to you!