Learning the game of Football isn’t essential. You can live a happy, fulfilled, successful life without ever watching, playing, or even thinking of the game.
In fact, people outside the US do it all the time.
That being said, if you live in the US, it’s hard to go through football season without ever hearing someone talk about it or ask you to join them in watching the game.
America’s favorite sports are baseball, basketball, football, hockey and NASCAR. Of them all, football is arguably the most beloved.
According to general knowledge baseball is the our “official” national pastime, but football is the most watched (202 million viewers in 2014), has the most money in it (NFL is a non-profit organization valued at $10 Billion), and has the most die hard fans (marriages have ended over team affiliations).
Let’s focus on the NFL (National Football League), which is what most people are typically are excited about each year.
Football began – 1869 (played by college football teams)
# of NFL Teams – 32 Teams.
Players on Field – Each team has 11 players on the field.
Field Name – The field is called the “Gridiron”. It’s 100 yards long and 53 yards wide.
Points Scored – You score points by getting more Touchdowns, and/or Field Goals than your opponent.
Football season – September (after labor day) through the first week of February (17 weeks of actual game play during the season).
Games Played – Each team plays 16 games per season (256 altogether)
Length of Games – There are 4 quarters at 15 minutes each. A typical game is about 3 to 4 hours with commercials.
Game Nights – Sunday, Monday and Thursday
TV Channel – Seasonal games are played on five networks: CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN and NFL Network. Super Bowl games however rotate every year among the top three networks: CBS, NBC, FOX. NBC gets to broadcast Super Bowl XLIX in 2015.
Many fans don’t even know all these details and interesting trivia about the game. If you can learn a handful of these, you’ll impress your football fan friends.
See? You already know more than 80% of fans. The next step will take you deeper into it. That’s when you learn How to Play Football.
We’d love to hear from you. Which of the above fun facts was your favorite or most interesting?