Football for Beginners | Super Bowl Edition

Football for Beginners | Super Bowl Edition

The Super Bowl is the one game of the year where football fans and non-fans come together to watch the big game! If you're invited to a Super Bowl party, but don't know anything about football, here are a few tips and tricks to help you watch the game, and even impress your friends with a few terms and facts!


Pick a Team!

The best way to watch a game is to pick a team and a few players to cheer for! Once you've chosen a team, the whole game becomes more exciting as you’ve given yourself a vested interest in the outcome of the game. Learn the names and back stories of a few of the top players, the quarterback, wide receiver or tight end on offense and the defensive lineman and defensive back on defense. This adds a small personal connection to the team you're rooting for. These small changes will make a big difference in how much you enjoy watching the game! 


How it's Played? 

 Football is played by two teams of eleven players. The object of the game is to score by carrying the ball across the opponent's goal line, or by catching a pass thrown by a player known as a quarterback and advancing it into the end zone.  There are two end zones, each being on an opposite side of the field.  The team with the most points at the end of the game wins!

Keeping Score!

If you're watching the game, and you've chosen a team to cheer for, you'll have to know how to keep score! There are four main ways to score in football: touchdown, field goal, extra point, and safety. A touchdown is scored when a player carries the ball across the opponent's goal line or catches a pass in the end zone. A field goal is scored when the ball is kicked through the uprights of the goalposts. An extra point is scored after a touchdown by kicking the ball through the uprights or by running or passing the ball into the end zone. A safety is scored when the defense tackles an offensive player in their own end zone.

Rules of the Game

There are two main ways to advance the ball: running and passing. Running plays involve the quarterback handing the ball off to a running back or fullback, who tries to gain yards by running with the ball. Passing plays involve the quarterback throwing the ball to a wide receiver or tight end, who tries to catch the ball and advance it down the field.

Each team gets four downs, or chances, to advance the ball ten yards. If they are successful, they get another four downs. If they fail to advance ten yards, they must give the ball to the other team.

Half Time!

A football game is divided into four quarters, with a longer break in the middle - half time. During the Super Bowl, it's as important to watch the half time show as it is to watch them game! Be on the lookout for a big performance while the teams are taking a break in the locker room. 


Whether you are a beginner or an experienced fan, football is a thrilling and exciting sport to watch and play. With its unique blend of power and finesse, it is sure to captivate audiences of all ages!