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How can a person learn to understand football?

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There are a number of books available on the market that teach the reader the ins and outs of football. In addition, there are a number of online resources that teach beginners the rules about football, including one put out by the National Football League.

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A good example of a book for football novices in Pat Kirwan's "Take Your Eye Off the Ball: How to Watch Football By Knowing Where to Look." The book simplifies the game by pointing out nuances in the plays that make it easier to determine what kind of play is coming.

Football beginner's information, such as that provided by the NFL, gives a simplified look at the rules of the game and an overview of the action a beginner is likely to encounter. Specific points that are covered include all of the different forms of scoring, as well as:

  • Touchdowns
  • Extra points
  • Field goals
  • Safeties
  • The names and tasks of every position on the field
  • The field itself
  • The referees and their specific jobs
  • What each specific down means
  • The different types of penalties
  • What the hand signals the referee gives mean
  • Turnovers
  • Timeouts
  • Coaches
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