To understand football, we must first learn about the playing surface or the football field.
On the 'sides' of the field are the sidelines. The sidelines are home to all types of people like the head coach, the coordinators, the football players, and the media/press (photographers, film crews).
The sidelines and end lines make up the perimeter of a football field. Together they also form the boundary lines dividing the field between inbounds and out-of-bounds. We'll learn about the boundary lines shortly.
The goal lines are located 10 yards from the end lines and mark the start of each end zone. The goal lines combined with the sidelines make up the field of play, one of the two important components of a football field that we will learn about next.
We've highlighted the yard lines in the picture below. Yard lines each indicate a single yard on the field. There are 98 yard lines on a regulation football field. You may notice that some yard lines are shortened while others connect from sideline to sideline. There is no difference between the shortened yard lines and the longer ones.
The 50-Yd Line
The 50-yd line is located at the middle of the field and divides it equally into two pieces.
REMEMBER: If someone refers to the 1-yd line, 2-yd line, 3-yd line, and so on... up to the 49-yd line, you'll need to ask them on which side of the field they are referring to since there are duplicates of each yard line. Again, there is only one 50-yd line.