Football - American

American football is much different than what many parts of the world call football. American football is a full contact sport. It involves two teams competing to carry the ball from one end of the field to another to score. Progress is marked by yard lines. It involves kicking, passing, tackling, as well as other physical and mental skills.

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What are the football positions?

In Football soccer, a 4-3-3 formation there will be 3 central midfielders and 3 forwards. This also applies for variations such as 3-5-2 and 4-5-1 etc. In this I will be using a standard 4-4-2 layout due to it's common use.

In the goal, there is a goalkeeper. This player has the responsibility of stopping the opposition from getting goals. These players can use their hands inside the 18-yard box only. Good examples are Petr Cech, Iker Casillas, Edwin Van Der Sar and Pepe Reina.

In front of the goalkeeper, there are 2 center backs. These players along with the holding/defensive midfielder are responsible for most of the defensive work in the team. Good examples are John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Jaime Carragher, Puyol and Nemanja Vidic.

To the left and right of the centre backs, there are the right and left fullbacks. They are responsible for stopping opposition wingers and are also relied on to join the attack. Good examples are Bosingwa, Ashley Cole, Gael Clichy, Daniel Alves, Sergio Ramos, Patrice Evra and Bacary Sagna.

In front of the center backs are 2 central midfielders. Usually one of the players is more defensive and one more offensive, one mobile and one a bit more static and one highly creative the other more safe in their play. Good examples are Michael Essien, Michael Ballack, Guti, Fernando Gago, Cesc Fabregas, Xavi, Claude Makelele, Andrea Pirlo, Gennaro Gattuso, Tim Cahill and Frank Lampard.

To the respective left and right of the central midfielders are a left and right midfielder or winger.These players are usually the creative drive in a 4-4-2 set-up and are very fast and skilful and are mainly used to put in crosses and passes for the two strikers. These players also score roughly 5-10 goals a season along giving with 10-20 assists. Good examples include Ashley Young, Joe Cole, Quaresma, Jesus Navas, Joaquin Sanchez. There is a new position blossoming as well with wide strikers now operating in teams. These players score just as many goals as assists. Good examples of these players include Lionel Messi, Ronaldo, Florent Malouda and Alessandro Del Piero.

And now to the strikers. These players are typically the most famous players on the pitch because they generally score the most goals. In recent times players like Thierry Henry have revolutionized the position by playing the ball on the ground and drifting deeper in the field so they can dribble the ball, I call these players mobile strikers. More and more of these players are emerging; they are typically fast, good dribblers and excellent finishers. Some of these players are Wayne Rooney, Nicolas Anelka, Torres, Karim Benzema, Samuel Eto'o, Raul and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. These players are now more prevalent then the typical "target-man" of old. Most managers using a 4-4-2 will pair a target man with a mobile striker to capitalize on both the speed of the mobile striker and the power of the target man. Target men are generally 6 foot plus and have very good heading ability, great positioning, good strength and excellent finishing. Good examples include Didier Drogba, Emile Heskey, Dimitar Berbatov, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Mark Viduka.

Certain positions change with different tactics and formations and it is completely up to the manager to decide on what the team uses. This is just a general guide and for that reason I used only the most common formation.

Sweeper (SW)The sweeper should have a good understanding of the game and be a leader on the field. He controls the defense, always staying behind the fullbacks.

Stopper (ST) The stopper is responsible for marking the center forward or center midfielder of the other team. He also has an important offensive part of distributing the ball to the midfielders.

Left/Right Backs (LB/RB) In the flatback formation, they mark the opponent's forwards and are the only real defenders. These players have to be dependable and willing to give up any kind of offensive play.

Left/Right Defenders (LD/RD) they mark the opponent's forwards. In the flatback version, or in more advanced teams these players are used to carry the ball up the outside with the midfielders, allowing more effective crossing.

Left/Right Midfielders (LM/RM) They are in charge for the crosses in the offense, and they usually carry the ball up the field, since they have more room than the center midfielders.

Left/Right Center midfielders (LC/RC) distribute the ball among the offenders and try to stop or slow down opposing plays before they get to the defensive line. Good passing and ball handling skills are needed to fill this position. Forwards - In these very basic formations, the forwards do no special work. Runs to the corners need to be only occasional, and dropping back to the midfield shouldn't be the primary way of getting the ball. This position is actually self explanatory.


If you are talking about American football then the positions are

Quarter Back: One of the most important players of the team, the ones that throw passes and also the game maker.

Line-Man:Protects or tries to protect the QB

Running Back: The one that runs with the ball usually towards the touchdown line.

Wide Reciever: They are the catchers that catch the QB's passes.

Kicker: They just kick the ball in after the touchdown or when trying to get three points.


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What are the names of all of the positions in American football?

There are 11 positions on both offense and defense in football.


Quarterback [QB]

Half-Back/Running Back [HB/RB]

Full Back [FB]

Offensive Tackle (Left) [LT]

Offensive Guard (Left) [LG]

Center [C]

Offensive Guard (Right) [RG]

Offensive Tackle (Right) [RT]

Wide Receiver(s) [WR]

Tight End [TE]

This offense is one basic set. There are multiple offenses in play currently. Some may include as many as 5 wide receivers, 2 tight ends, or 3 running backs. There is almost always just 1 quarterback, 1 center, 2 guards, and 2 tackles. There must be seven players lined up "on the line of scrimmage". Also, while Receivers are officially called "Wide Receivers" they are sometimes played closer to the offensive line and are then reffered to as "Slot Receivers". The rest is open to interpretation.


Nose Tackle

Universal Tackle

Left End

Right End




Free Safety

Strong Safety

Cornerback 1

Cornerback 2

This defense is correct assuming a 4-3 defensive alignment. There are multiple alignments in the game which affect the number of down lineman, linebackers, and defensive backs. Some examples might include a 5-2 defense, a 3-4 defense, or a 4-4 defense. There may be 2 defensive backs or as many as 5 or 6 in a given alignment. In a prevent type defense there might be 8 defensive backs.

Every offensive team consists of 11 players, unless you're talking about Arena football which has eight players on its offensive unit. But all other levels of football, NFL, College, High School and Pee Wee go with 11 offensive players against 11 defensive players. In some places with small populations(primarily the plains or mountain states) and fewer available players, a game called "eight man football" is played on the high school level.

The quarterback is probably the most notable and recognizable player for the offensive unit. He is the leader of the offense and signals the start of the play. It's the quarterback that receives the snap and then either throws the ball, hands it off to someone to run or keeps it and runs himself. Some quarterpacks are purely passers who let their running backs carry the ball and some, Michael Vick for example, are equally adept at running. Plays called in the huddle can be changed by the quarterback at the line of scrimmage if he notices that the defense has changed its formation from the one anticipated when the original play was called by calling what is known as an "audible". Peyton (and Eli) Manning is(are) particularly adept at calling audibles.

In a traditional set, the quarterback will be joined by a fullback, halfback, tight end and two wide receivers to make up the "skill position" players. Skill position players are the ones who usually handle the football from the quarterback either by running with the ball or catching it. Some running backs can also pass the ball in "trick plays" designed to fool the defense into concentrating on the running back and leaving a receiver(s)& in very rare instances the quarterback, uncovered. In yet another rare case, tackles can also become receivers in offensive formations (tackle eligible)where the tackle actually lines up as a receiver.

The fullback is the running back immediately behind the quarterback. His primary duties are to block for the halfback. But lately, with offenses doing more and more and fullbacks making the conversion from big bulky bruisers to athletic-type guys, fullbacks are getting more and more carries and pass receptions. Fullbacks are also used in short yard situations such as third-and-short (1-2 yards)or and fourth-and-inches where power and strength are more advantageous than the halfback's speed or elusiveness.

The halfback is commonly known as the running back and is the primary carrier of the football. Most halfbacks will get 20-plus carries a game while the fullback gets usually no more than five or six. There have, however, been exceptions to that rule. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a fullback by the name of Mike Alstott. When the Bucs lost their halfback one year, Alstott stepped in and became the primary halfback for the team and didn't do a too bad of a job at all. Running back Tom Matte, a college quarterback for Ohio State, also played as an quarterback when the Baltimore (now Indianapolis)Colts QBs Johnny Unitas and Gary Cuozzo were too badly injured to play effectively. Coach Don Shula wrote plays on a wristband for Matte to help him in his transition to his former position. Although the Colts lost the game, The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio has the wristband from that game on display.

In the 1970 season, Oakland Raiders place kicker, George Blanda, who played quarterback at Kentucky and started his pro career as quarterback, also reverted to quarterback in a similar scenario. The amazing thing about Blanda's position switch was that he was 43 YEARS OLD at the time and he was BOTH the QB & the place-kicker in that season's AFC Championship Game.

The other skilled offensive positions are wide receiver and tight end. Like I said, in most offensive sets, there will be two wide receivers and one tight end. The wide receivers are the guys that catch the ball from the quarterback. They line up away from the rest of the team out to either side near the sidelines. Wide receivers are also called wide outs or flankers and are usually the fastest guys on the offensive unit.

The tight end is a bigger version of the wide receiver. He also runs out to catch passes from the quarterback. But unlike the wide receiver, the tight end is used more as a blocker on run plays. In some situations, teams will put a certain guy in at tight end specifically to block on a running play. And then, they will put in a different tight end when they expect to pass the ball. The tight end always lines up next to one of the tackles on the offensive line.

As far as the offensive line goes, there are five guys who are responsible for blocking for the quarterback or the running back.

The one in the middle is called the center. He's usually the leader of the offensive line and is responsible for any and all changes that need to be made.

The positions to the left and the right of the center are the guards and the positions to the outside of the guards are the tackles. So from left to right, the offensive line positions are left tackle, left guard, center, right guard and right tackle. And once again, the tight end lines up to either side of the tackles.

That just about covers the offensive positions. Defensive positions such as nose guard/tackle, defensive tackle, defensive end, linebacker, cornerback, safety and "nickle back" or rover will be addressed in a subsequent post.

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How much money does a nfl football player earn?

The median salary in the NFL in 2009 was roughly $770,000. In 2008 it was about $720,000. The Steelers have the highest median salary at $1.1 million, the Packers the lowest at $440,000. The Redskins have the highest payroll at $123 million. The Giants have the lowest at $76 million.

The average (arithmetic mean) NFL salary in 2006 was $1.4 million.


Given that the average length of a Gridiron player's career in NFL is 3 years, average Green Bay salary of $440,000 means that after tax they earn less than $1 million total career earnings hampered by the fact there is nowhere else to play as Leagues have folded.

League minimums for years 1994, 1995, 1996.

$108,000, $149,000, $196,000. No guaranteed contracts.

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When was Super Bowl XLV played in 2011?

The 2011 Super Bowl XLV (45) was played on Sunday February 6, 2011 at 6 PM EST, at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Green Bay Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25, to win their fourth Super Bowl.

Super Bowl XLV was played on Sunday, February 6, 2011, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the contest, 31-25.

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Where can you find the official rules and regulations of Pro Football?

Football Rules and RegulationsThe NFL Record and Fact Book has the official rules.

Go to this site:

Click on the link below.

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When was association football invented?

The English Football Association created the first widely accepted official rules of the game in 1863, dubbing the game association football. These rules were known as the "Laws of the Game."

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What are the positions in football?

Football Positions Offense

  • Quarterback,
  • Running back,
  • Fullback,
  • Wide Receiver,
  • Tight end,
  • Offensive Tackle,
  • Offensive Guard,
  • Center
  • Place kicker,
  • Holder,
  • Punter,
  • Long snapper
  • Defensive Tackle,
  • Defensive End,
  • Inside Linebacker,
  • Outside Linebacker,
  • Free Safety,
  • Strong Safety,
  • Corner back
Special Teams These players are just called special teams players, except the kicker. Here is a more in-depth description: On offense and defense, all the players have a job. In a typical offense, there are five players grouped together at the line of scrimmage. These players make up the offensive line. The middle player who snaps the ball to the quarterback is called the center. The two players immediately to the left and right of the center are called the left and right guards. The outside offensive linemen are called tackles. The offensive line's job is to block, or impede the movement of the defense, giving the quarterback time to scan the field an find an open receiver on pass plays and open holes in the defense for the runner on running plays. The player immediately behind the center is the quarterback, the leader of the offense, who throws the ball on passing plays and hands it off to the running backs on running plays. There are usually three receivers. The one that lines up on the end of the offensive line is called the tight end. The two split off to either side of the formation are called wide receivers. The one on the side with the tight end is called the flanker; the other is the split end. Their jobs are to block on running plays and catch the ball on passing plays. The two players behind the quarterback are the fullback and halfback. The fullback's jobs are to block for the halfback, who usually carries the football, catch passes, and occasionally run in situations when the offense needs only a few yards for a first down. The halfback is the main runner. On defense, there is a four man defensive line made up of defensive ends (the outside guys) and defensive tackles (the inside guys). Their job is to try to break through the offensive line and tackle the running back on running plays and sack (tackle) the quarterback on pass plays. The three players behind the defensive line are the linebackers who cover receivers running shorter pass routes and tackle runners who make it through the defensive line. The players on each side of the defensive formation are the cornerbacks, who cover the wide receivers. The two players behind the linebackers are called safeties, who tackle runners the linebackers miss and cover deep pass routes downfield. On special teams, there are kick returners who run the ball back toward the kicking team's end zone on kickoffs and punts. There are the blockers who try to open lanes for the returner, and kick coverage men who try to tackle the kick returner. There is the placekicker, who kicks the ball on kickoffs, field goals, and extra point attempts. Placekickers kick the ball off a tee on kickoffs. On field goals and extra points, they kick it while a teammate holds it. The punter kicks the ball while it falls towards his foot after he drops it. Wide Reciver, Tight End, Left Guard, right guard, center, left takle, right takle, Full back, half back, quarterback, on offense. And on defense, Conerback, middle linebacker, right outside linebacker, left outside linebacker, strong saftey, free saftey, defensive end, defensive tackle, AHEM! The positions can acutally vary by the coach of the team. A runningback is just a genral term for someone in the backfield, types of runningbacks can include tailbacks, halfbacks, fullbacks, and wingbacks. There are more specific types of positions then just linebackers, wide recievers, etc. The answers the others gave you weren't exactly wrong, but they didn't include that it can vary by coach, and there can be as many of the position playing as the coach likes. Offense:Quarterback, runningbacks (Can be halfbacks, tailbacks, wingbacks, fullbacks), wide recievers (Can be split ends, flankers, slot backs), tight ends, guards, tackles, a center. Defense:Safet(y)ies (Can be single safety, stong safety, free safety), cornerbacks, linebackers (right, left, middle, strong, weak), defensive ends (left, right, strong, weak), defensive tackle(s) (nose tackle, guard tackle).
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Which Super Bowls did the Denver Broncos play in?

The Denver Broncos have gone to six Super Bowls. They lost four and won two.

  • After the 1977 season the Broncos played in Super Bowl XII against the Dallas Cowboys but lost by a score of 27-10.
  • After the 1986 season, the Broncos played in Super Bowl XXI against the New York Giants but lost by a score of 39-20.
  • After the 1987 season, the Broncos played in Super Bowl XXII against the Washington Redskins, but lost by a score of 42-10.
  • After the 1989 season, the Broncos played in Super Bowl XXIV against the San Francisco 49ers, but lost by a score of 55-10.
  • After the 1997 season, the Broncos played in Super Bowl XXXII against the Green Bay Packers, and won by a score of 31-24.
  • After the 1998 season, the Broncos played in Super Bowl XXIII against the Atlanta Falcons, and won by a score of 34-19.
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What is the average salary of an NFL football player?

The median salary in the NFL in 2009 was roughly $770,000. In 2008 it was about $720,000. The Steelers have the highest median salary at $1.1 million, the Packers the lowest at $440,000. The Redskins have the highest payroll at $123 million. The Giants have the lowest at $76 million.

The average (arithmetic mean) NFL salary in 2006 was $1.4 million.


Given that the average length of a Gridiron player's career in NFL is 3 years, average Green Bay salary of $440,000 means that after tax they earn less than $1 million total career earnings hampered by the fact there is nowhere else to play as Leagues have folded.

League minimums for years 1994, 1995, 1996.

$108,000, $149,000, $196,000. No guaranteed contracts.

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Did Troy Polamalu shave his head?

No, he likes his hair.

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What are the basic rules of Football?

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Why are the quarterbacks always white?

the quater backs are always white because no black man wants to be quater back

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What is Vietnam National Sport?

There is no official sport of Vietnam, but the most popular sport is association football (known to some as soccer). In addition, the country has a growing community in cricket, rugby, and badmitton.

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How much money does the NFL generate per year?

Revenues for the National Football League will reach around $9 billion for the 2013-14 season. The NFL is the most lucrative sports league in the world. Comissioner Roger Goodell stated in 2013 that he wants to reach $25 billion in revenue by the 2027 season. See related link for more info.

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How many championships have the Denver Broncos won?

The Denver Broncos have won two Superbowls and four additional AFC championships.

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What is the average height and weight of an NFL football player?

It depends on the position of the player.

According to a 2006 ESPN article, "The average weight in the NFL has grown by 10 percent since 1985 to a current average of 248 pounds. The heaviest position, offensive tackle, went from 281 pounds two decades ago to 318 pounds."

Most pro football players are over 6 feet tall. Some kickers can be shorter however.

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What role does friction actually play in the sport of football?

it could help depending on the position that you play for example an HB would not need fiction but a WR could use friction for a better grip on the football or a linemen could use it to grip an opposing player or FS could make a better tackle from friction in between the ground and his cleats which would help him stay planted to the ground so he could breakdown and not slip so friction can help in a lot of ways for different positions

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What is the highest scoring NFL game ever?

Highest Scoring NFL GameEver:

With a combined score of 113, the NFL game with the highest ever combined score was played in regular season between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants on November 27, 1966. The Redskins won 72-41.

Other high scoring games:

  • Highest scoring game (during playoffs): 96 points when the Arizona Cardinals beat the Green Bay Packers 51-45 on January 10, 2010.
  • Highest score by one team (during playoffs): 73 points when the Chicago Bears beat the Washington Redskins 73-0 on December 8, 1940.
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What parts of the brain is used to play football?

Mainly the part that works your physical responses, reflexes, hand eye co-ordinations.

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When have the Denver Broncos won back to back Super Bowls?

That was Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII, the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
The Denver Broncos have gone to six Super Bowls. They lost four and won two.

In the 1977 season the Broncos attended Super Bowl XII and played the Dallas Cowboys but lost by a score of 27-10.

In the 1986 season, the Broncos attended Super Bowl XXI and played the New York Giants but lost by a score of 39-20.

In the 1987 season, the Broncos attended Super Bowl XXII and played the Washington Redskins, but lost by a score of 42-10.

In the 1989 season, the Broncos attended Super Bowl XXIV and played the San Francisco 49ers, but lost by a score of 55-10.

In the 1997 season, the Broncos attended Super Bowl XXXII and played the Green Bay Packers, and won by a score of 31-24.

In the 1998 season, the Broncos attended Super Bowl XXIII and played the Atlanta Falcons, and won by a score of 34-19.

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Who was First 2 million pound player in English football?

Paul Gascoigne

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What does og stand for in football?

means offensive guard


stands for own goal,when a player scores a goal against his own team... you'd be surprised how many times it happens.

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How much can chris snee bench press?


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What are some Football do's and don'ts?


do some cool moves

pass to ur own teamate

play the ball not the body

make sure u have a nice round ball


fight with anybody on the field

shoot on ur own net

pass to the other team

punch anyone

never talk back to the referee

make a foul in the penalty box


Annoy the referee, Punch the opposing players, Score in your own net, Pass to opposing team

make sure that you do your best and play for the team

^ This question is directed to American football.

Do not:

Run backwards with the ball

Tackle the man holding the ball *if he's in the same uniform as you

Use your helmet to tackle *It is ok to hit with your helmet if going facemask first and if you're just hitting, such as if you're a linemen, but for tackling no.



Drop the ball


Tackle the referee

Grab anyone's facemask/collar

Tackle someone shoulder-to-shin

Fall asleep

Slap the gleuts of anyone on the opposing team

Tackle the coach

Spear anyone (tackle headfirst using top of your head)


Continue to push forward when hit *if you have the ball

Tackle the man holding the ball *if he's in a different uniform than you

Use your shoulder to tackle



Grip the ball tightly

Trip opposing team *if no one will notice

Slap the referee *if he makes a really dumb call

Grab the ball when going for a tackle

Tackle people so they remember not to run in your direction anymore

Stay hyper

Slap the gleuts of any teammate that made a good play

Tackle the [hot] cheerleader *;)

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How many countries play soccer around the world?

All of them. Even Vatican City.

no, Cuba doesn't have 1!

Every country plays but not all are international teams.


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