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Football Basics for Youth Football


Football is played between two teams with 11 players each.  The playing field is 120 yards long, 100 yard playing surface with a 10 yard end zone at each end of the field. The field is broken down into 10 yard segments. The field is 53 1/3 yards wide. At the end of each end zone is a set of Goal Posts. The High School Goal Posts are 23’ 4" wide, 30’ tall with a cross bar 10’ off the ground.

The object of the game is for the offense to score points and the defense to stop them. Points can be scored by offense by either running or passing and catching the football in the end zone OR by kicking the ball between the goals posts above the cross bar. The defense can score points by running the ball into the end zone via turnover (A fumble or interception) or via a safety (stopping the offense in the offense’s end zone.

Point Values are: ?Touchdown = 6 Points ?Point After Touchdown = 2 Point for kicking the ball between the goal posts or 1 Point for running or passing/catching in end zone ?Field Goal = 3 Points ?Safety = 2 Points

The game is divided into quarters of 15 minutes each for Youth Football. Between the 2nd and 3rd quarter there is a halftime period.

The team with the most points at the end of four quarters wins. If a game is tied an overtime period is played using a modified Kansas Plan.  In Youth Football, the Kansas Plan starts at the 10-yard line and each team is given four plays to score. If the teams are still tied after each team has been given a possession, the game ends in a tie.

MYF adheres to all other rules and regulations as outlined in the current, official National Federation of State High School Associations rulebook. (NFHS).