How To: Explain American football

Explain American football

American Football may seem easy to follow, but it can be hard to explain to a first-time spectator, like a European, or a hermit. Learn how to explain the game of American football to those who aren't in the know.

You Will Need
* A TV
* A football game broadcast
* A couch
* Snacks

Step 1: Make everyone comfortable
Make sure everyone is comfortable and turn on the game.

Step 2: Describe the teams
Describe the difference between the two teams. Tell everyone which is which.

Step 3: Explain basic rules
Explain the basic rules in these terms: Each team has four chances — or "downs" — to either score or to reach the first-down marker, which gives them a new set of four chances.

Step 4: Define a touchdown
Define a touchdown as getting the ball past the end line on the field, either by running or catching. Ignore the extra points – they'll learn about those later.

Step 5: Compare field goal
Compare field goals to soccer penalty shots, if there are any Europeans watching for the first time.

Step 6: Explain punting
Finally, describe that, if a team cannot score, they typically kick it down the field to the other team and the roles switch.

Step 7: Be patient
Be patient in answering questions. Learning a new sport is hard; just try to follow a game of cricket.

Step 8: Stay cool
Don't get carried away. Screaming and throwing the remote will not leave a good impression in their minds.

Step 9: Mention the time
Mention that the game is timed, and that it is divided into four quarters.

Step 10: Make fun of the television announcers
When people begin to really get into the game, introduce them to the art of making fun of the television announcers. Do your John Madden impersonation.

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