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Football Team Structure

What is a football team? How many players are on a football team? Get ready to learn about football teams and how they function.

What is a Football Team?

A football team is a collection of team personnel including football players, the head coach, coordinators, and more. The players on the team play in the game, while coaches and coordinators stand on the sideline and give the players instructions of what plays to run, which players will be playing, and make game-specific decisions. In a football game, two teams compete against one another.

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There are three units of players on a football team divided into the:

Football Offense

The offense is a collection of players who are designated to control the ball for a team. The offense's primary goal is to drive downfield and score points for the team. The offense is only on the field when their team has possession of the football. The offense is made up of the:

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Football Defense

The defense is a collection of players that come onto the field when their team doesn't have the football. Their primary goal is to stop the offense from advancing downfield and scoring. The defense is only on the field for a team when the opposing team is in possession of the football. The defense is made up of the:

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Football Special Teams

The special teams is a collection of players that come on the field only during certain plays, such as kickoffs, punts, field goals, or extra points. The special teams unit can be on the field for both teams at the same time, such as during punts. The special teams is made up of the:

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Football Roster

There are a total of 53 players on a single NFL team roster. On game day, 45 players dress and stand on the sidelines. During play, 11 players can be on the field of play at the start of a down for each team.

Home Team

The home team is the team that owns the field and has home field advantage. The home team gets the first choice for which uniform they will be wearing, as well as being the team (usually) with the most fans in the stands.

Away Team

The away team is the team that is visiting the home team. The away team gets the first choice for the coin toss.

Football Terms

Here are some glossary terms related to football teams:

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