In this lesson we will learn the history, objective, official rules, dimensions, hand signals, and key definitions that have to do with football. Football is a game of physicality, mentality, as well as technique. It is not only a sport but something that can be for fun with a group of friends or a class. Along with being a sport it can teach life lessons just like any sport.
American football was derived from the English game of rugby it was started in 1879 with the first rules being made by Walter Camp player and coach at Yale University. The latest contract has been traced back to the year 1892 and it was made for $500. Since the invention of football things like lines of scrimmages have evolved along with many other rules over the years into what the game is today. The merger of the NFL and AFL evolved the championship game we call the super bowl the first one being in 1966 between the chiefs and the packers. The packers won the game 35 to 12.
The objective of football is to score if you are on offense. Players can rotate in freely but only certain people like running backs and receivers are allowed to have the ball unless you are a lineman and report eligible so the other team is not tricked. You have four downs to make it ten yards. And if you don’t punt on fourth down and don’t get the ten yards you turn the ball over to the other team. You can score touchdowns or field goals. Touchdowns are worth 6 points an extra point is kicked by the kicker and is worth one. A field goal is worth 3 points. Defense is out to try and stop the offense from getting first downs and scoring they can score by running back an interception or getting a safety which is worth 2 points. Punt and kick return teams can score touchdowns by running back kicks.