When you watch a football game, it can be difficult to understand what is happening on the field if you don’t know the different positions played by each team. Let’s take a look at the most important positions on a football team and what their responsibilities are.

How to kick a football

Kicking a football is not as easy as it looks. There is a lot of technique that goes into it.

  • The first thing you need to do is make sure you have the right footware. You don’t want to be kicking a football in your bare feet. That would hurt. A lot. You also don’t want to kick a football in flip flops or sandals. You want to wear cleats. Cleats will help you get more traction on the ground so you can generate more power when you kick the ball.
  • The next thing you need to do is take a few steps back from the ball. You don’t want to be right on top of it when you kick it. You want to give yourself some room to swing your leg through.
  • When you are ready to kick the ball, you want to approach it at a slight angle. This will help you get more lift on the ball. As you make contact with the ball, you want to make sure that your plant foot is lined up next to the ball. You don’t want to be kicking off-center because that will affect the direction of the ball.
  • Once you make contact with the ball, follow through with your swing. You want to kick through the ball, not at it. Kicking through the ball will help you generate more power and accuracy.
  • After you kick the ball, make sure you keep your eyes on it until it goes through the uprights or is caught by the other team. If you don’t watch the ball, you won’t know if you made a good kick or not.


  • Quarterback: The quarterback is the leader of the offense and is responsible for relaying plays to his teammates and making sure they are executed properly. He also has the ability to pass the ball downfield to his receivers.
  • Running Back: The running back is responsible for carrying the ball forward on running plays. He may also be asked to catch passes out of the backfield or block for the quarterback.
  • Wide Receiver: Wide receivers are the primary targets for the quarterback on passing plays. They use their speed and agility to get open downfield and make catches.
  • Tight End: Tight ends are a hybrid between a receiver and a blocker. They usually line up next to the offensive tackle and are used as an extra blocker on running plays or as a receiver on passing plays.


  • Defensive Lineman: The defensive lineman are responsible for stopping the opposing team’s running plays and pressuring the quarterback on passing plays. They typically line up opposite of the offensive linemen.
  • Linebacker: Linebackers are responsible for tackling running backs and receivers, and covering tight ends in pass coverage. They line up behind the defensive linemen.
  • Cornerback: Cornerbacks are responsible for covering wide receivers in pass coverage. They typically line up on the outside of the defensive formation.
  • Safety: Safeties are responsible for providing support in run defense and coverage. They typically line up behind the linebackers in the defensive formation.