The NFL rulebook is a compendium of the official NFL rules. Issued each year by the NFL Rules committee, it changes from season to season to ensure fairness and player safety.
Most of the rules are very straightforward. For example, an NFL season consists of 16 regular-season games and the field must be 360 feet long and 160 feet wide, with 30-foot end zones on either side. The crossbar on the goalpost must be 10 feet off the ground, and the posts must be 18 feet and 6 inches apart from each other.
It's easy to enjoy a football game if you know the basic rules, which include the following:
Player Safety Rules
Certain rules exist to prevent players from severe injury. These dictate how and when a player can be tackled.
Rules for Fumbles
Fumbles are a constant source of argument among football fans, and few fumbles go unchallenged in this era of the instant replay.