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Did you Know? List of Interesting Facts about Football
Facts are statements which are held to be true and often contrasted with opinions and beliefs. Our unusual and interesting facts about Football, trivia and information, including some useful statistics will fascinate everyone from kids and children to adults.

Interesting Facts about Football are as follows:

  • Fact 1 - Definition: Football is a competitive team sport played with a round or oval ball in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal

  • Fact 2 - An inflated oblong ball used in playing American football
  • Fact 3 - An inflated round ball used in playing soccer. The term football is applied to soccer in most other parts of the World

The following facts relate to American Football

  • Fact 1 - The American Football game is played by two opposing teams of eleven
  • Fact 2 - Play is focussed on moving the ball across the opponent's goal line, thereby scoring a touchdown which is  worth six points
  • Fact 3 - The NFL (National Football League) is the world's most popular professional football league based in the United States
  • Fact 4 - The AFL is an acronym for either the Arena Football League or the American Football League where football is played indoors on a smaller field.
  • Fact 5 - The Field: The playing field is 100 yards long and has stripes running across the field at five-yard intervals. On each end of the playing field is an end zone which extends ten yards.  The total field is 120 yards long and 160 feet wide.
  • Fact 6 - The Objective: The objective of the game is to outscore opponents by advancing the football into their endzone for as many touchdowns as possible while holding them to as few touchdowns as possible. The object of the game is to score more points than the opponent during the alloted time
  • Fact 7 - Touchdowns: To score a touchdown, a player must carry the ball across the opposition's goal line, or catch a pass in the end zone.
  • Fact 8 - Points system
    • Touchdown = 6 points
    • Extra Point Conversion = 1 point
    • Two-Point Conversion = 2 points
    • Field Goal = 3 points
    • Safety= 2 points
  • Fact 9 - Football Teams
    • Each team is comprised of an offense, defence, and special teams
    • 11 players are allowed on the field at any one time but unlimited substitution is allowed
  • Fact 10 - Offense player positions are:
    • Linemen - Guard, tackle, centre
    • Quarterback
    • Backs - Halfback, Fullback, H-Back
    • Receivers - Wide receiver, tightend, slotback
  • Fact 11 - Defense player positions are:
    • Linemen - End, tackle, Nose tackle
    • Linebackers
    • Backs - Cornerback, safety, Nickelback, Dimeback
  • Fact 12 - Special Teams player positions are:
    • Kicking Players - Placekicker, Punter, Kickoff specialist
    • Snapping - Long snapper, holder
    • Returning - Punt returner, Kick returner
    • Tackling - Gunner
  • Fact 13 - Game play in consists of a series of downs, individual plays of short duration, outside of which the ball is dead or not in play
  • Fact 14 - These can be plays from scrimmage - passes, runs, punts, or field goal attempts—or free kicks such as kickoffs
  • Fact 15 - Football games are 60 minutes long, divided into four quarters of 15 minutes each. If a game is tied at the end of four quarters, overtime is played
  • Fact 16 - The game is officiated by officials such as referee, umpire, head linesman, line judge, back judge, field judge and side judge

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