A team sport in which two teams of 11 players each (including a goalkeeper each) using an inflated ball try to outdo each other in a match divided into two halves of 20 minutes each over at rectangular playing field 120 yards long and 53 1/3 yards wide with a goal at each end.
The object in this sport is to move the ball across the opponent’s goal line by running or passing the ball or to kick the ball over the goal crossbar for a score and to prevent the opposing team from scoring.
The team scores when the ball escapes the goalkeeper and hits the net.
Defensive players may tackle the ballcarrier may shove players out of the way to get to him.
Offensive players are permitted to block their opponents but may not use their hands to keep them away from the ballcarrier or the passer.
Pay is not continuous; it stops whenever the ballcarrier is tackled, when a pass is incomplete, or after a score is made.
Play is started at the beginning of each half and after a score by one team’s kicking the ball to the other team.