Football is the most popular sport in the US. It is one of the most physical and intense sports in the world. Even with its physical nature it still requires strategy, teamwork, and finesse. The primary goal of football is to carry the ball into the opposing team's endzone, also known as scoring a touchdown. Organized teams typically field eleven players for each play, at various positions. There are three main phases in a football game: offense, defense, and special teams. Offense is when a team has possession of the ball. Offenses typically have four downs to advance the ball ten yards, granting them a new first down. This continues until they score a touchdown, field goal, or fail to get a first down. Defense is when the opposing team has the ball. Defenses try to prevent the offense from advancing the ball within four downs or force a turnover. Special teams are certain situations in which a change of possession is about to occur such as a punt or kick-off or when a limited scoring opportunity is available such as a fieldgoal or an extra point attempt. Football has many rules, with vome different depending on which league you follow, to create a structured environment for competitive play and prevent unnecessary issues.

Despite its popularity, football does have some problems. The number one issue is the concern for health and safety. Despite leagues attempting to make the game safer, head injuries and long-term disabilities are often linked to people who played football. Another general issue is the pacing of football games. Football has several breaks, stops, and downtime during the course of a game that some argue ruin the flow of the game. Critisms and all, football is still a great game. If you enjoy contact, intense play, and strategy, football is the sport for you.

Last updated: December 3, 2012