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Football Defense Unit

A football defense is an important unit of players on a football team. Get ready to learn about defensive football and how to play defensively in football.

Defense Wins Championships

It's often said that defense wins football games. In this tutorial, we will learn about being defensive in football.

There can only be 11 players on the field of play during a game. Football allows unlimited substitutions to be made during a game. Football players are grouped into three groups:

Football Defense

The defense is called onto the field once a team loses possession of the ball and is trying to defend against a score.

Football Defense

PRO TIP: If you're ever lost, just look at which team has the ball. The team on defense will not have the ball.

Football Defense Goals

The defense of a football team has the following goals:

  1. To get possession of the ball
  2. To prevent opposing team from moving closer to their end zone
  3. To prevent the opposing team from scoring points

Without a strong defense, a football team will give up points to the opposing team. A team cannot win a football game if the other team scores more points.

Defense Player Positions

There are many ways to structure a football defense, but every defense will have the same basic structure:

Check out Football Defensive Positions to see the player positions.

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