Test Your Football IQ! Trivia Quiz

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Test Your Football IQ with this quiz, designed by a passionate football enthusiast to challenge your knowledge of the National Football League. Are you ready to test your football expertise, from knowing the key team members to understanding the rules of the game? This quiz is designed to engage football fans of all levels. Whether you're a die-hard fan or simply interested in expanding your football knowledge, our Test Your Football IQ and put your skills to the test. Get ready to showcase your football IQ. Who knows? You may ace this quiz and score a touchdown by impressing your Read morefriends!


Football IQ Questions and Answers

  • 1. 

    What is Pigskin?

    • A.

      A term used to describe the gloves worn by receivers.

    • B.

      The rag a QB uses to wipe his hands with.

    • C.

      A nickname for the officials.

    • D.

      A slang term for a football.

    • E.

      A slang term for the flags thrown by officials.

    Correct Answer
    D. A slang term for a football.
    Explanation
    In the past, a football cover was made from pig skin.

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  • 2. 

    Where does the Quarterback typically line up?

    • A.

      Behind the nose tackle.

    • B.

      Behind the guard.

    • C.

      Behind the center.

    • D.

      Behind the cornerback.

    • E.

      Behind the safety.

    Correct Answer
    C. Behind the center.
    Explanation
    The quarterback typically lines up behind the center because this position allows them to have a clear view of the field and communicate effectively with the rest of the offensive players. Being behind the center also allows the quarterback to receive the snap quickly and make decisions based on the defensive formation. Placing the quarterback behind the center is a strategic position that maximizes their ability to lead the team and execute plays efficiently.

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  • 3. 

    How many men are on the field at one time per team?

    • A.

      7

    • B.

      10

    • C.

      13

    • D.

      11

    • E.

      22

    Correct Answer
    D. 11
    Explanation
    In most traditional forms of football, including American Football and soccer, there are 11 men on the field at one time per team. This number allows for a balanced distribution of players across different positions, ensuring that each team has a fair chance to compete and strategize effectively.

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  • 4. 

    How many yards do you need to get a first down?

    • A.

      5

    • B.

      10

    • C.

      15

    • D.

      20

    • E.

      100

    Correct Answer
    B. 10
    Explanation
    You start off with 1st and 10. The offense needs to get 10 yards to obtain a first down. If the team gets a first down, they can continue advancing the ball down the field, and they might have a chance to score points.

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  • 5. 

    How many downs do you get to obtain a first down?

    • A.

      5

    • B.

      4

    • C.

      3

    • D.

      2

    • E.

      1

    Correct Answer
    B. 4
    Explanation
    In American Football, a team is given four downs to advance the ball at least 10 yards towards the opponent's end zone in order to obtain a first down. If the team successfully gains 10 yards or more within these four downs, they are awarded another set of four downs to continue their offensive drive. However, if they fail to gain the required 10 yards, the opposing team gains possession of the ball. Therefore, the correct answer is 4.

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  • 6. 

    How many different ways are there to score in American Football?

    • A.

      5

    • B.

      4

    • C.

      3

    • D.

      2

    • E.

      1

    Correct Answer
    A. 5
    Explanation
    Touchdown (6 points)
    Field Goal (3 points)
    Extra Point (1 or 2 points, depending on whether the team attempts a kick after a touchdown or a two-point conversion play)
    Safety (2 points, awarded to the defensive team if they tackle an offensive player with the ball in the offense's own end zone)
    Two-Point Conversion (2 points, which is attempted instead of an extra point after a touchdown)
    Each of these scoring methods adds different amounts to a team's score and involves different play strategies.

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  • 7. 

    How many points is a touchdown worth?

    • A.

      3

    • B.

      5

    • C.

      7

    • D.

      6

    • E.

      2

    Correct Answer
    D. 6
    Explanation
    The answer is 6. The extra point makes a total of 7

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  • 8. 

     What is the highest possible rating a quarterback can achieve in an NFL game?

    • A.

      100

    • B.

      163

    • C.

      135.8

    • D.

      153.8

    • E.

      158.3

    Correct Answer
    E. 158.3
    Explanation
    To achieve a perfect passer rating during a single game, a player must attempt at least 10 passes, have no interceptions, have a minimum completion percentage of 77.5%, have a minimum of 11.875% of their passes score touchdowns, and have a minimum of 12.5 yards per attempt. To date, 65 players in NFL history have achieved a perfect passer rating, with the most recent being Lamar Jackson on December 31, 2023 against the Miami Dolphins.

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  • 9. 

    In an I-formation, what is the alignment of the running backs?

    • A.

      The Half back and fullbacks are spread apart at even depths.

    • B.

      The halfback is halfway between the quarterback and the fullback directly behind center.

    • C.

      Both halfback and fullback are at even depth with the quarterback 5 yards behind the center one on each side of the quarterback.

    • D.

      The fullback is half way between the quarterback and the halfback directly behind center.

    • E.

      Both halfback and fullback are on each side of the quarterback directly behind the guards.

    Correct Answer
    D. The fullback is half way between the quarterback and the halfback directly behind center.
    Explanation
    In this formation, the fullback lines up directly behind the quarterback, and the halfback is positioned halfway between the quarterback and the fullback. It creates a straight line (resembling the letter "I") with the three players in the backfield.

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  • 10. 

    What are the dimensions of an entire NFL football field, including the end zones?

    • A.

      100 yards long by 50 yards wide.

    • B.

      100 yards long by 53 yards wide.

    • C.

      120 yards long by 50 yards wide.

    • D.

      120 yards long by 53 1/3 yards wide

    • E.

      110 yards long by 53 1/3 yards wide.

    Correct Answer
    D. 120 yards long by 53 1/3 yards wide
    Explanation
    The question said including the endzones both are 10 yards deep which makes the total length 120 yards and the width is 53 1/3 yards.

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  • 11. 

    What are the dimensions of an NFL goalpost?

    • A.

      Crossbar is 12 feet high and the uprights are 20 feet, 6 inches wide and 30 feet tall.

    • B.

      Crossbar is 10 feet high and the uprights are 21 feet, 6 inches wide and 25 feet tall.

    • C.

      Crossbar is 15 feet high and the uprights are 16 feet, 6 inches wide and 20 feet tall.

    • D.

      Crossbar is 8 feet high and the uprights are 19 feet, 6 inches wide and 20 feet tall.

    • E.

      Crossbar is 10 feet high and the uprights are 18 feet, 6 inches wide and 30 feet tall.

    Correct Answer
    E. Crossbar is 10 feet high and the uprights are 18 feet, 6 inches wide and 30 feet tall.
    Explanation
    although the width and height of the uprights have changed over the years the height of the crossbar has always been 10 feet.

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  • 12. 

     Which type of penalty can technically result in the highest amount of penalty yards?

    • A.

      Roughing the kicker.

    • B.

      Kickoff out of bounds.

    • C.

      Intentional grounding.

    • D.

      Unsportsmanlike conduct.

    • E.

      Illegal Block in the back.

    Correct Answer
    C. Intentional grounding.
    Explanation
    Intentional grounding is enforced from the spot of the foul, so a quarterback could technically run backward for 99 yards trying to avoid a sack before he commits the penalty.

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  • 13. 

    What is the difference between strong safety and free safety?

    • A.

      The strong safety plays on the side of the defense that has the strongest players on it.

    • B.

      The free safety is free to go where he wants to make plays on the ball at all times and the strong safety must play a certain area of the field at all times.

    • C.

      The strong safety is always the bigger and stronger of the two safety positions.

    • D.

      A free safety lines up against the tight end on offense and is used as a run-stopper on running plays. He also usually guards the tight end on passing plays, where strong safety is responsible for helping the corners cover the wide receivers and the deep routes.

    • E.

      A strong safety lines up across from the tight end on offense and is used as a run-stopper on running plays. He also usually guards the tight end on passing plays where the free safety is responsible for helping the corners cover wide receivers' deep routes.

    Correct Answer
    E. A strong safety lines up across from the tight end on offense and is used as a run-stopper on running plays. He also usually guards the tight end on passing plays where the free safety is responsible for helping the corners cover wide receivers' deep routes.
    Explanation
    The side the tight end lines up on is what is termed the “strong side.” This is usually on the right side of an offensive formation for a right-handed quarterback and flipped for a left-handed quarterback.

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  • 14. 

    Name these famous NFL coaches from left to right.

    • A.

      Paul Brown, Tom Landry, Vince Lombardi

    • B.

      Tom Landry, Vince Lombardi, Paul Brown

    • C.

      Paul Brown, Vince Lombardi, Tom Landry

    • D.

      Vince Lombardi, Paul Brown, Tom Landry

    • E.

      Tom Landry, Paul Brown, Vince Lombardi

    Correct Answer
    B. Tom Landry, Vince Lombardi, Paul Brown
    Explanation
    The famous NFL coaches, from left to right, are Tom Landry, Vince Lombardi, and Paul Brown. Tom Landry coached the Dallas Cowboys and was known for his distinctive fedora hat. Vince Lombardi, a legendary figure, coached the Green Bay Packers and inspired the name of the Super Bowl trophy. Paul Brown, positioned on the far right, was a pioneering coach who founded the Cleveland Browns and contributed significantly to the development of modern football. These coaches are celebrated for their lasting impact on the NFL and American Football.

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