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The last word fan's advisor to America's most well liked sportSince the final version of soccer For Dummies, new stadiums were outfitted, new stars have ascended, and files were damaged. This new version has been revised to mirror modern-day online game, giving soccer enthusiasts up to the moment details on all of the ideas and rules, positions, performs, and consequences. that includes insurance of the latest stadium applied sciences, revised maximum gamers and legends, and pro-football must-do reports, it is also professional recommendation on education and gearing up if you play the sport. enthusiasts will observe the simplest how you can take pleasure in football-at domestic or on the stadium.

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Qxp 32 5/15/07 7:04 PM Page 32 Part I: Football 101 his job and perform at the highest level. The shorter cleat, which makes a player less prone to injury, is worn on dry, firm fields. For such fast, dry fields, the 1⁄2-inch cleat provides the ideal traction. On a slippery grass field, a player — especially a big lineman across the line of scrimmage — needs to dig deep to gain traction. In that situation, the player switches to a 3⁄4-inch cleat or a 1-inch cleat, depending on how he’s maneuvering (stopping and going) during warm-ups.

Qxp 10 5/15/07 7:04 PM Page 10 Part I: Football 101 Why Football Is the Best Baseball may be America’s pastime, but football is America’s passion. Football is the only team sport in America that conjures up visions of Roman gladiators, pitting city versus city, state versus state — sometimes with a Civil War feel, like when the Jets play the Giants in New York or the Cowboys play the Redskins. Football is played in all weather conditions — snow, rain, and sleet — with temperatures on the playing field ranging from –30 to 120 degrees.

An official signals a penalty by throwing a flag. ߜ The officials need to measure whether the offense has gained a first down or need to take time to spot, or place, the ball correctly on the field. ߜ Either team scores a touchdown, field goal, or safety. ߜ The ball changes possession via a kickoff, a punt, a turnover, or a team failing to have advanced the ball 10 yards in four downs. ߜ The offense gains a first down (college and high school only). ߜ Two minutes remain in the period (NFL only).

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