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

  • June 23, 2019 at 9:48 pm
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    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

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  • June 24, 2019 at 5:06 am
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    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.

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  • June 24, 2019 at 7:26 am
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    Hey i am a 11 year old and know nothing about football but this vid help me and i just wanted to say thank

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  • June 25, 2019 at 2:00 am
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    they never use their foot in football.

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  • June 26, 2019 at 4:02 am
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    I'm a defensive tackle all I need to know is that i need to crush the ball carrier

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  • June 27, 2019 at 7:41 am
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    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?

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  • June 27, 2019 at 7:27 pm
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    What happens if the player doesn't catch the kickoff?

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  • July 2, 2019 at 8:49 pm
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    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

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  • July 3, 2019 at 11:11 am
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    Just confusing
    AFL is way more fun and easier
    And I’m aussie

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  • July 5, 2019 at 1:22 am
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    Great video, very well explained. Thank you!

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  • July 6, 2019 at 11:26 am
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    Thanks man 🙏

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  • July 6, 2019 at 2:20 pm
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    Very clear thank you

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:47 am
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    This game is good. But i will stick with football.

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  • July 17, 2019 at 11:22 pm
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    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

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  • July 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    I came here after Eyeshield 21!

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  • July 23, 2019 at 11:36 pm
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    This is better than baseball, i love this game but i love the other football too, GO Manchester United

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  • July 24, 2019 at 8:14 am
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    That was really helpful! Thanks!

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  • July 26, 2019 at 12:59 am
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    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!!!!!!

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  • July 26, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    Thank you so much!! I’m half American ! Know I feel like it

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  • July 26, 2019 at 9:51 pm
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    Remembering a time without the digital lines on the field makes me feel old.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 7:18 am
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    Lit videooo

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  • July 28, 2019 at 12:22 pm
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    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.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:21 am
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    Oooooooo this sport looks cool because I’m not American

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  • July 29, 2019 at 6:25 pm
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    I'm watching this because i've started playing Madden NFL.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:47 am
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    I didn't think it could be this fun it's truly beautiful

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  • August 2, 2019 at 3:06 pm
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    No offense, but why is the narrator British? LOL! Most Brits hate American football…

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  • August 4, 2019 at 1:31 am
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    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 🙂

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  • August 4, 2019 at 2:18 pm
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    I’m watching this to learn how to play Madden 20, my first ever Madden game. Lol

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  • August 5, 2019 at 4:22 pm
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    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?

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  • August 7, 2019 at 3:51 am
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    I'm a football newbie going into high school with no prior knowledge and it has been very helpfull

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  • August 8, 2019 at 2:05 am
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    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.

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  • August 8, 2019 at 4:23 am
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    Why is it called football when you use your hands most of the time? 🤔

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  • August 10, 2019 at 4:32 am
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    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.

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  • August 10, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    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.

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  • August 10, 2019 at 3:56 pm
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    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.

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  • August 11, 2019 at 2:41 am
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    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.

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  • August 11, 2019 at 11:34 pm
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    Great vid bro thxs for the help

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  • August 12, 2019 at 5:20 am
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    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 😂.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 6:15 pm
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    I came here because my crush loves this game

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  • August 13, 2019 at 3:21 pm
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    Why the hell are y'all watching this

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  • August 13, 2019 at 6:18 pm
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    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!!!

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  • August 14, 2019 at 2:45 am
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    Great video easy to understand

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  • August 16, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    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

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  • August 17, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    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?

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  • August 17, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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    Wow this video was insanely helpful thank you!!!!

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  • August 18, 2019 at 3:23 am
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    GOod ViDeO

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  • August 18, 2019 at 12:25 pm
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    i am doing football so this is helpfull

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  • August 21, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    Of course this guy shows a fumble on a Jaguar player

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  • August 21, 2019 at 3:07 am
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    I was born and raised in America and I am 12 years old but I never knew how to play football till now

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  • August 22, 2019 at 7:09 am
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    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.

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  • August 22, 2019 at 4:14 pm
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    came here after watching "UK FIRST TIME REACTION TO AMERICAN FOOTBALL (NFL) RULES"
    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.

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  • August 24, 2019 at 4:53 am
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    Thanks 🤦🏻‍♂️💯

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  • August 24, 2019 at 10:12 pm
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    0:53 what a rookie 😂🤦🏽‍♂️

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  • August 25, 2019 at 12:23 am
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    I’m really starting to understand these rules, but I’m really stuck working out what positions which, someone help explain plz

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  • August 25, 2019 at 10:39 pm
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    This is not making any sense to me 😂

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  • August 26, 2019 at 2:15 am
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    53 on actual roster though

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  • August 26, 2019 at 3:46 pm
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    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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  • August 27, 2019 at 12:30 am
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    Make more. This was SO clear and I don’t usually understand other videos. Please make more

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  • August 27, 2019 at 4:25 am
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    Do you listen to Opeth?

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  • August 28, 2019 at 5:47 am
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    The music sounds like it's from Tekken

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  • August 28, 2019 at 3:25 pm
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    I'm about to manage a football team and this was hella helpful not knowing anything about the sport what so ever

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  • August 29, 2019 at 2:22 am
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    Great vid

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  • August 29, 2019 at 5:28 pm
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    I still dont understand the safety goall

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  • August 31, 2019 at 1:21 pm
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    But why the padding? Have you ever watched Australian Rules Football. We don't use padding.

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  • August 31, 2019 at 4:37 pm
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    Thanks for the video. I'm not able to appreciate the beauty of this sport. I prefer regular normal football.

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  • September 2, 2019 at 5:33 am
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    You’re going to need to either update these videos on a yearly basis or or just Crete a new one due to all the rule changes year after year. It is amazing how much it has changed since I was a kid forty years ago. American football is Not even a sliver of what it used to be and not for the better either.

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  • September 2, 2019 at 7:50 am
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    Umm I’m american and have been watching football forever why am I watching this

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  • September 2, 2019 at 8:53 am
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    Great video just wished you used a better game. For anyone who doesn't know Jacksonville Jaguars and the Dallas Cowboys are the teams in the video and the Jaguars are not a good team.

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  • September 2, 2019 at 10:56 pm
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    I’ve always been a strong, fast diving around and catching person, loved goalkeeping and rugby, do u think it’s possible to try out and get on a university team for fun when I move to the US in about 2 years?

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  • September 5, 2019 at 4:33 am
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    What about nasty injurie. You can gore opponent twist their necks kick them push them its very nasty game soccer is better.

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  • September 6, 2019 at 4:04 am
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    seeing this because I have to take pictures of a high school football team tomorrow and I have no idea how football is played.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 12:19 am
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    when is throwing the ball forward disallowed ?
    when is a tackle considered a down ?

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  • September 7, 2019 at 7:13 am
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    Very good video, thank you

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  • September 8, 2019 at 3:34 am
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    Ninh Ly – What are you expecting to see from your Cowboys this year? Such as a season prediction or whatsoever? I won't be watching the Cowboys and Giants game tomorrow (I won't care who wins), since I have my own team to watch tomorrow.

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  • September 8, 2019 at 6:47 am
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    I am Australian , love Rugby & Rugby League. No Offense but American Football is as Boring as Bat shit. As Always thanks for your clear explanation.

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  • September 8, 2019 at 4:10 pm
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    As an American and long time American football fan, I applaud your effort. Well done! Now, if ANYONE could explain the appeal of baseball…

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  • September 9, 2019 at 3:41 am
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    You didn’t mention the flags

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  • September 9, 2019 at 5:21 am
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    Isn't there a rule where you can not pass the ball forward only behind you.

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  • September 9, 2019 at 2:11 pm
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    Very useful. Thanks a lot.

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  • September 9, 2019 at 4:57 pm
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    When does the amount of needed yards change?

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  • September 9, 2019 at 5:43 pm
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    53 players per team

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  • September 9, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    GREAT JOB GOOD VIDEO AND EDUCATIONAL

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  • September 10, 2019 at 7:53 am
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    I love how American football rules are explained by an English commentator 😂

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  • September 10, 2019 at 10:48 am
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    so i want to start watch NFL, and this video is very helping, Thankyou 🙂

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  • September 10, 2019 at 1:09 pm
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    😍😍😍 thanks its help me alot

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  • September 11, 2019 at 3:40 pm
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    I have a question. From which yard line do the scoring team take the extra point kick attempt? And the 2-point attempt?

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  • September 12, 2019 at 9:57 pm
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    This is a pretty good video.

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  • September 12, 2019 at 10:32 pm
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    I’ve been watching NFL for over a decade so why am I here

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  • September 12, 2019 at 10:46 pm
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    What’s your favorite team? I’m a Titans fan

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:58 am
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    I never knew how to play football until now. Thanks

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:02 pm
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    U forgot about face mask

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:58 pm
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    This video is awesome.. new comer to North America and always tried to learn the rules of this game but couldn't get an easy material.. this was great…fhank you!

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  • September 13, 2019 at 8:56 pm
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    Now I have an idea what's going on when my cousin plays varsity

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  • September 13, 2019 at 11:04 pm
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    I love this vid

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  • September 15, 2019 at 5:58 am
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    Okay ie i understand a bit

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  • September 16, 2019 at 10:53 am
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    Now i finally get it

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  • September 16, 2019 at 12:28 pm
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    Why is it sometimes displayed for example "2nd & 6" or "2nd & 12"? What determines the 6 or 12 yds? I still don't get this part of the rule. Other than that, I'm pretty sure that I understand the basic rules now.

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  • September 16, 2019 at 12:59 pm
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    I bet this video was clicked by a chick who’s tryna impress her boyfriend

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  • September 17, 2019 at 3:52 am
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    Thank you for this!!! One of best explainations I've seen.

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