Below are the instructions that come with my football game. I hope that they
might help you to get started. If you have any more specific questions, please
feel free to write or call and ask.
You will first be asked to choose the voices for the announcer, your
quarterback, your opponents quarterback, your punter and your opponents punter.
You will then be asked to enter the name of your coach.
Finally you will be asked to choose which team you will be for the season and
then it is time to play.
The object of the game of football is to score more points than your opponent.
There are several ways to score points.
One way is to run or pass the ball over your opponents goal line.
This is called a touchdown and is worth six points.
After a touchdown you are given the choice of going for the extra point kick or
a two point conversion.
In both cases you start on your opponents two yard line.
The extra point kick you simply kick the ball through your opponents goal post.
For the two point conversion you must run or pass the ball over your opponents
Another way to score points is called a field goal, which is when you kick the
ball through your opponents goal post.
It is worth three points.
You should remember that the goal post is located at the back of the end zone,
which is ten yards deep.
Also when you set up to kick a field goal you set the ball down seven yards
back from the yard line that you are on.
So you will want to add seventeen yards when figuring the distance for kicking
a field goal.
The longest field goal ever kicked was sixty one yards.
The last way to score points is worth two points and is called a safety.
You score a safety by tackling your opponent in his own end zone.
The game of football has four quarters of fifteen minutes each. Or in this
game twenty five to thirty five plays each quarter.
You will get a two minute warning before the end of the second and fourth
quarter. After the two minute warning there will be approximately five plays
before the quarter ends.
The football field is one hundred yards long. There are lines every ten yards
and they are labeled, ten twenty thirty forty fifty, forty thirty twenty and
The game begins with the kick off. As does the second half or third quarter.
Depending on who wins the coin toss, you or your opponent will catch the kick
off in your own end zone. You then decide wether to run the ball out or down
it in the end zone. If you down it in the end zone you will then begin on your
own twenty yard line. If you win the coin toss and receive the kick off you
are now the offensive team and you try to move the ball by running or passing
it down the field towards your opponents goal line. As you try to move the
ball down the field you get four downs or plays to move the ball ten yards. If
you do so, it is called a first down and you get four new downs to move the
ball another ten yards. If it is fourth down you would be advised to punt
(kick) the ball away to your opponent, because if you do not and you do not
make enough yards on fourth down to get a first down the ball is turned over to
your opponent at that point on the field.
There are sixteen games in the regular season of football. If you have the
best record of all of the teams in your division, you move on to the play offs.
There are also four wild card teams that make it into the play offs. The wild
card teams are the two teams with the best records in the A. F. C. that did not
win their division, as well as the two teams with the best records in the N. F.
C. that did not win their divisions. If you make it into the play offs, you
hopefully win until you win the A. F. C. or N. F. C. championship game. The
last game is the Super Bowl game where the A. F. C. champion plays the N. F. C.
champion for that seasons championship title.
Backfield: The area behind the line of scrimmage.
Backpedal: Backward running to drop into pass coverage.
Blitz: A pass rush involving defensive backs or linebackers.
Block: An offensive player moves a defensive player away from the ball.
Bootleg: A play where the quarterback fakes a handoff and runs around the tight
Bump and Run: A pass defense in which the defender bumps the receiver at the
line of scrimmage.
Center: The middle offensive lineman that snaps the ball to the quarterback.
Cornerback: One of two defensive backs positioned on the outside corners of the
Defense: The team without the ball. The defense tries to get the ball back and
stop the offense from scoring.
Defensive backs: The cornerbacks and safeties behind the linebackers.
Defensive ends: The two players at the end of the defensive line.
Down: A play from scrimmage. The offense gets four downs numbered in sequence,
first to fourth, to gain 10 yards and make a new first down.
Eligible receiver: Any of the five offensive players who are allowed to receive
End zone: The area, 10 yards deep, bounded by the end line, goal line, and both
sidelines. A team scores points by moving the ball into their opponent's end
zone for a touchdown.
Extra point: The one- or two-point play allowed a team after scoring a touchdown.
Fair catch: An unhindered catch by the receiver of a punt or kickoff. The returner raises one arm high over his head to signal a fair catch.
Forward pass: A ball thrown, usually with an overarm motion, in the direction
of the offense's goal line.
Four point stance: A stance with both hands on the ground, often used by
Fumble: Loss of possession of the football by the ball carrier or passer.
Goal line: The field stripe separating the end zone and the field of play that
must be crossed to score a touchdown.
Guards: The two offensive linemen on either side of the center.
Half: There are two halves to a game.
Halftime: The intermission between the first and second halves of a game. Teams
rest and discuss strategy during halftime.
Handoff: A play in which the ball is given to another player, usually from a
quarterback to a running back.
Hashmarks: The short lines used to spot the ball on the field.
Holding: The penalty called for illegal grabbing or use of hands.
Hole: A space in the offensive line opened by blockers for a ball carrier to
Huddle: A brief gathering for play and signal calling by the offense and
defense between plays.
I formation: A backfield formation featuring two running backs in line directly
behind the quarterback.
Interception: A change of possession when a defensive player catches a pass
intended for an offensive player.
Lateral: A toss or pass backward from the direction of play.
Linebacker: A defender who plays between the defensive linemen and the
Line of scrimmage: The imaginary line running from sideline to sideline on
which the ball is snapped. It moves up and down the field with the ball.
Man for man: A pass defense where each defender covers one receiver.
Nose tackle: The defensive tackle in a 3-4 alignment who lines up opposite the
Offense: The team that has the ball and is trying to score.
Pass rush A play in which defenders try to sack the passer.
Penalty: A call made by the game official when a player breaks a rule. Apenalty
may result in a loss of yardage or a down.
Play action: pass A play in which the quarterback fakes a running play, then
Pocket: The area of protection around a passer formed by his blockers.
Possession: When a team has the ball.
Punt: A type of kick used primarily on fourth down.
Quarter: There are four quarters in a game, two in each half.
Quarterback The player who leads the offense, calls plays, hands off the ball,
runs with the ball, or passes it.
Rollout: When the quarterback leaves the pocket, following blockers, to throw a
Running backs: The players who are the main ball carriers.
Sack: When the quarterback is tackled in the backfield while attempting to pass.
Set: When an offensive player gets into his stance.
Sidelines: The lines running the length of the field, from end line to end
line, marking the outside boundaries of the field and end zones. The sideline
is out of bounds.
Snap: When the center passes the ball to the quarterback to start a play.
Snap count: The signal on which the ball is snapped.
Three point stance: A stance used by offensive and defensive linemen and
running backs in which one hand is touching the ground.
Tight end: A receiver/blocker position outside the offensive tackle.
Time out: When a team or an official stops action and the clock.
Touchdown: A six-point scoring play that occurs when one team crosses the other
team's goal line with the ball in its possession.
Wide receiver: A pass receiver who is set outside the offensive tackle.
In Jim's NFL football game.
A running play is where the quarterback takes the hike and hands the ball off
to a running back. The running back then either runs straight towards the line
looking for a hole to run through that hopefully the offensive line has created
by blocking the defensive line out of the way. The other running play the
running back runs toward the side line and then tries to turn and head up
field. Again his success depends on if the defenders are fooled or blocked so
that they are not there to tackle him.
The line plunge is also a running play that is designed to try to get short
yardage. Like if you are a yard or so from the goal line or need a yard or so
for a first down. The running back runs straight towards the line. It often
results in all of the players from both teams in a pile at the line of
scrimmage. However depending on which play the defense calls it may result in
a gain of many yards.
A pass or passing play is where the quarterback takes the snap and fades back
looking for an open receiver to throw the ball to. A short pass is usually
easier to complete than a long one.
The screen pass play is a passing play where the quarterback throws the ball to
a running back or receiver that is behind the line of scrimmage out towards the
side line. That player then tries to run up field. If the defense detects the
play he can be tackled behind the line of scrimmage for a loss. But if they
are fooled he may be able to run for a very good gain on the play.
On defense the blitz play is where the defensive team sends a couple of extra
players at the line in hopes of getting to the quarterback before he can get
the pass off or perhaps to tackle the running back before he can get running
good. So it can be a good play to call if it works, however if the quarterback
can get the pass off the extra defenders that were doing the blitz are no
longer down field to try to stop the receiver from catching the ball or running
with it after he catches it. So if the blitz doesn't work the offence may end
up with a very long gain on the play.
To change the name of your players, simply edit the footplay.txt file which
will be created after the start of the first game of the season.
To remove the game run the uninfoot.bat file
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