Beginner's Guide to American Football
1. American football is a turn-by-turn strategy game, like chess. It's not like soccer, which is a continuous game.
2. You start on one side of the field. Your goal is to get the ball into the end zone on the opposite side. That's when you score a touchdown! A touchdown is 6 points. You can score an extra point after the touchdown, by kicking the ball in between the goal posts.
3. From end zone to end zone, there are 100 yards. To break the field down into something more manageable, you only have to move the ball 10 yards at a time. And you get 4 tries to do that. After you move 10 yards, you get another 4 tries to move another 10 yards.
4. You can move the ball by passing or running. Passing means the quarterback throws the ball to his teammate. Running means he hands the ball to his teammate.
5. Or on your 4th attempt, if you are close enough to the goal posts, you can try to score a field goal instead of going for a touchdown. That means kicking the ball through the posts. A field goal gives you 3 points.
If you can't move the ball 10 yards or score a field goal after 4 tries, then you give the ball to your opponent. And it's their turn to try to score.
In summary, American football is a strategy game. You are coming up with ways, passing or running, to move the ball at least 10 yards before you run out of tries.