We've already learned that 11 players can be on the field per team during a scrimmage down. However, football is different from other sports in that it allows for unlimited substitutions whenever a play ends. As a result, layers are grouped into three main categories or units:
The Offensive Unit
PRO TIP: If you're ever lost, just look at which team has the ball. The team on offense will have the ball.
Offensive Unit Goals
Think of the offense as a highly aggressive unit of players whose main job is two-fold:
- to advance the ball toward the opposing team's end zone
- to score points
Offensive Player Positions
We'll learn more about offensive player positions in future chapters.