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, www.ninh.co.uk, @NinhLyUK

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Dennis Veasley

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

  1. AFL is better but I don’t rlly understand American football so it’s not a fair judgement but it’s just my opinion🤷‍♀️

  2. Great that the true beautiful game is finally growing in the UK, every game broadcast live, radio commentary, highlight shows, took a while to get here, but we've finally got maximum coverage!

  3. I was curious about this distant cousin of my fave Rugby union, Tbh couldn't even complete this video – Sounds very boring.

  4. I live on the US East Coast and NFL as well as college football seasons have just started. I've never been into football because I never understood the rules (apparently there's some unspoken rule that if you're American you automatically know the rules but I didn't get the memo) and no one explained it to me. This video was awesome at explaining the game so now I can actually follow the game when I'm out with coworkers!

  5. ok, I couldn't find anything wrong with it, but why did you use clips from a game were there was two of the worst teams playing at the time.

  6. A couple things I would add for people learning the rules:

    The punter is the one who catches the ball and then kicks it high in the air when a team is giving away possession, the kicker is the one who kicks field goals and performs kickoffs. Also note that you can block kicks and punts.

    The clock stops during an incomplete pass or when a ball carrier steps out of bounds. Also after a team scores.

    The fullback is sort of a dying position and is usually larger than the running back, meant for gaining short yardage.

  7. I just started watching the NFL, I knew a bit about it before but this video was really helpful to fully get a grasp of all the rules, thanks.

  8. Football is such a complex game between the rules and tactics it's ridiculous. Fun to watch but it's also something that you have to watch a lot of games to fully get a handle on. Soccer you can read the rules, watch one game and get it almost immediately. Football had a several hundred page rulebook that would leave anyone reading it without seeing a game utterly confused. You would learn the rules faster if you watched with someone who already knew the rules. But I would still guess it would take you 6 games to get a full hang of it. Watching without someone who already understands the rules and it could take far more.

  9. If you don't have a second part you really should add one. You forgot onside kicks, overtime rules, the one point safety, laterals, trick plays etc. Im an american and know everything like the back of my hand but I live in Australia and telling people how the game works is like explaining rocket science to an aussie lmao

  10. I'm a bit confused on the players part like do they have a certain players that come on depending on of they're defending or attacking

  11. The only reason I watched this video was to see the comment section. Makes me so happy that so many people across the pond are taking an interest in the NFL. Thanks for making this video Ninh

  12. The videos is so good my guy helped me a lot I’m starting to watch NFL and I want to play for my school this video was perfect

  13. After the ball is passed from qb to rb or wr, can the rb or wr pass the ball again to someone else? Are the passes limited in one play?

  14. Am just a middle schooler trying to get fit and trying to learn how to play football, the only sport I'm doing right now is boxing

  15. I am not american so i had no fucking clue what nfl or american football was but then I watched this show called Friday night lights and now here I am watching nfl games on youtube. Gotta say once you understand the game,it is pretty amazing

  16. Allow me to say what a well done piece of work this is. You've explained the ways of this great sport in such a understandable way.

  17. it was almost a month ago that I started watching NFL since I'm european and we don't really have access to the games…until recently! (at least legally lol)
    I was starting to understand a few of the rules and fauls just by watching a lot of games, but was still a bit confused about what the "downs" meant, like, "1st &10" and so on…now I know it means the current attempt + the yards still needed to reach a further 4 attempts 🙂
    player positions are also a bit hard to remember atm, but as long as you know what most of them need to be doing, or what is going on, that's more than enough knowledge for now 😛

  18. Please ask us (as an American) your questions about terminology.

    Example. In the normal sense, you would have 4 defensive backs. Today's NFL, 5 defensive backs otherwise known as "nickle package". A nickle being a monetary reference for a 5 cent coin.

    Six defensive backs would be called a "dime" package.

    Seven defensive backs would be called a "dollar" package.

    (I know. Silly Americans. Don't shoot the messenger.)

  19. As a Kenyan/African I have always wondered why they call it football and how the game is played….it's kind of fascinating

  20. Perfect video. I've been watching others but this is the best so far. I'm a British lass who always wanted to get into the game but couldn't. Shame we can't watch it more. I wish I could watch my old uni's team (Hull Sharks) but not sure if I can. Ah well.

    Now to work out which NFL team to support. Once I have a team I stay loyal no matter what. 😉

    This game looks amazing, there's a lot of skill, fitness and high speed involved. It's such a shame I'm a lass and would be too old (in my 30s) to play if I even could. Ah well. Maybe in another life.

  21. Overtime rules (while ties are rare in the NFL, there are about 1-3 every season):
    NCAA (college): teams alternate drives attempting to score; the winner is determined when after each team has had the same number of possessions a team has a higher score (similar to how extra innings in baseball work).
    NFL (professional): one team starts with the ball; the game is won if they score a touchdown or the defense scores a safety (the walk-off safety has happened exactly once…my Bengals lost that game to the Miami Dolphins). If the offense either doesn't score on the opening drive, the game goes into sudden death. If the offense kicks a field goal on the opening drive, the other team has a chance to either match the field goal (and then the game goes into sudden death), score a touchdown to win, or lose if they do not score.

    Fun fact: it is possible for the defense to score a two point conversion on an extra point if they intercept a pass or recover a fumble and return it for a touchdown (I think it was the Atlanta Falcons who lost a game because they went for two to go up by 3 points after a late touchdown, but instead threw an interception and had it returned for a 2 point conversion and they lost by one point). It's also theoretically possible for a defense to score a 1 point safety on a point after attempt, but that's only ever happened once at the college level.

    Positions have also changed a lot through the years. The "pro set" and I-formation positions you showed haven't really been used since the 1990s (outside of specific situations like on the goal line for an extra blocking back). Teams typically play with a single running back and either 2 tight ends and 2 wide receivers, 1 tight end and 3 wide receivers, or 4 wide receives. The only real rules for offensive formations are 5 offensive linemen on the line of scrimmage, a quarterback, and two additional players on the line of scrimmage (so a team might put 5 wide receivers in a formation if they need a lot of yards to pick up a first down or a desperation throw at the end of the game).

  22. I was born and raised in the US and grew up with all my friends playing this game. I watched the video and I learned things that I didn’t know. Wow

  23. Im watching this on 12/10/2019 from india because i saw the rookie sensation of baker mayfield and i like it.
    Nfl should have a coverage for all games in indian television.
    Saw a comment that says sony ESPN only shows the superbowl last year.
    We don't wait for the finals to be a sport fan, we watch all pre season games, thats how we got the idea and the hype in the finals and knows what make sense. Thank you

  24. U am watching this video even tho I am a American football genius and super fan (my favorite sport) I am just here to laugh at the comments

  25. I know this is old but now there is a 5th way to score. When the offense tries for an extra point and the defense blocks the kick (or intercepts or picks up a fumble during a 2 point try) and picks up the ball and runs the other way and crosses the goal line, the defense is awarded 2 points. I remember this happening only 1 time and it happened in the same season when it was first added by the saints.

  26. Here is a video of the first ever 2 point score for blocking the xtra point after a touchdown https://youtu.be/wXP578HMun4

  27. this helps a lot thanks! i know nothing about this sport, i come from a basketball background and play as a point guard. i can see my self playing football as a wr tho.

  28. As an American, it's very interesting to read through these comments and see what people around the world say about American football. I'll tell you the truth. People in the U.S. live and breath this game. It's the life blood of every small village across this land. In rural areas, local high school football is more popular than professional. Kids travel far and wide for matches and they become famous in small towns. University football is as popular if not more popular than national football. People live, breath, fight, and die for their favorite university team. People refuse to own any article of clothing with the the colors of rival teams. My brother got physically assaulted at a shopping mall in Ohio because he was wearing a Michigan hat. Kids with bad acedemic scores get accepted into university because they can play football well.

  29. As a rugby player going to American football I prefer the tackles , much easier to make hits imo but rugby tackling technique does help sometimes when taking down a fast guy

  30. As a Mexican that now lives in the USA, I never knew the rules of Football since Mexico is nothing but Soccer and Boxing. Thank you for this informative video, I can now enjoy the games when Im hanging out with my friends at SuperBowl parties…I was usually just there for the food LOL

  31. a lot of people in my city are big football fans but I've never really grasped the rules well, thanks for the simple breakdown of the rules XD

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