London Warriors American Football Programme


Junior Kitted football is a scaled down version of the game we all got to know watching on TV. They play on a full size field but with less players 9 v 9.

The field is 120 yards long by 53.3 yards. The longer boundary lines are side-lines, while the shorter boundary lines are end lines. Near each end of the field is a goal line, they are 100 yards apart. The scoring area called an end zone extends 10 yards beyond each goal line to each end line. Yard lines cross the field every 5 yards, and are numbered from each goal line to the 50-yard line, or midfield. Two rows of lines, known as inbounds lines or hash marks, parallel the side lines near the middle of the field. All plays start with the ball on or between the hash marks. At the back of each end zone are two goal posts (also called uprights) that are 18.5 feet apart. The posts are connected by crossbar 10 feet from the ground.

The purpose of American football is to move the ball towards the opposition's end zone and ultimately into their end zone (a touchdown). This is achieved by either running with the ball until tackled, or throwing the ball down field to a team mate.

Downs are the most fundamental part of NFL play. The offensive team moves the ball forward in sections of at least 10 yards. They have four chances (or downs) to gain those 10 yards. Each time the ball is advanced at least 10 yards within their four chances, another first down is earned, with four more chances to go a further 10 yards. o If the offensive team fails to move 10 yards within four downs, possession is surrendered. However, the ball is usually punted to the defending team on fourth down. /o:p>

There areo there are 9 players from each team on field at any one time, there are four 12min quarters and each team has three time outs per half

Scoring a touchdown is worth six points, and is scored when a team crosses the opposition's goal line with the ball, or catches or collects the ball in the end zone. A Field goal is worth three points. Field goals are usually attempted on fourth down if the kicker is close enough to the end zone to kick the ball through the posts. o An extra point is earned by kicking the ball through the uprights after a touchdown. The team can go for two points by taking the ball into the end zone again. Two points is awarded to the defensive team for a safety when a member of the offensive team is tackled with the ball in his own end zone.


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