Graphic: Igor Lazarevic
the Dublin rebels who play in Ireland the top league received offensive reinforcement as American quarterback / linebacker Ty henry joined the club.
The 6 ′ ½ ”, 225 pounds Henri who calls Centennial, Colorado at home and assisted Western State Colorado University, is a veteran of international football. This past season, shortened to Spain he played the quarterback for the Mallorca Voltors and led the team to a 3-1 record before the pandemic called off the season.
In 2019, behind the center of the Vila Velha Tritoes in Brazil best league, he helped guide the team to the quarterfinals. Before that, Henri spent four years at Australia play for the Swan City Titans, Southeast Predators and Perth Curtin Saints. He was named the league's MVP in 2016 and 2017.
Rebel Head Coach Ross McCooey:
“Since Ty joined the Dublin Rebels earlier this year he has put all of his experience and knowledge to the fore, and I can already see our players progress by being around him and seeing his first-rate work ethic. hand. From our initial discussions of philosophies to how we behave in the few workouts we were able to run during COVID, Ty has been a leader for guys, sharing his passion for the game with everyone in the world. 'team. His presence at the Rebels is, and will be, a huge advantage for our players, but not just for our club. I think this will have positive ramifications for the entire Irish League, which continues to grow in skill and talent, and will undoubtedly be competing in Europe one day, as players of Ty's caliber will make an impact here .
Football in Ireland is strictly amateur a fact of which Henri was fully aware. His decision to settle in this country rich in traditions had nothing to do with sport. As he explains, playing football for him is a bonus.
“My fiancee Rachel is Irish, we met in Australia and then we traveled together to all the other countries while I was playing football. When Covid started, we were in Palma De Mallorca, playing for the Mallorca Voltors. Our season being shortened, we made the decision to return to Ireland to settle here near his family. The Rebels have a great group of grassroots players who play for the right reasons, are willing to work to improve themselves and want to continue to grow the club. The fact that the league is amateur does not affect the skill level of the players here and does not influence my decision to want to get involved. I play football because of all that it gives me, mentally, physically, socially and the sense of identity that goes with it.
AFI: You have had a long international career. How did you find out that you could play in other countries?
Henri: Yes, so far I have played seven seasons in Australia, Brazil and Spain. I had a college teammate named Tim Hermansson from Sweden and he first told us about the game away from home. I had two other college teammates and then went to play in Finland. When I moved to Australia after playing for a few other clubs, we made the decision to start our own club. Layke Rossiello and I started the Swan City Titans Football Club, and then two of my college teammates came to play with us.
AFI: How has the game changed / grown since you first played abroad?
Henri: My first match was on a cricket pitch that went down so much that I felt like I was seeing the curve of the earth. There were no stands and the other team struggled to field a team. Every league I have been involved in has seen it grow exponentially. The games are played at a higher level, there are more imports now, the game has a lot more exposure in other countries, there is a lot more emphasis on grassroots local recruitment, the inclusion of women's leagues, junior leagues with a position for each body type. I can't wait to see where the game will be in 5 years.
AFI: What are the main differences between football in the United States and other countries?
Henri: In the United States, everyone plays so that they can go and play elsewhere. In college I focused on high school, high school, I was focused on college and college in the NFL. Here, the guys love a sport that they maybe have found in an obscure way and they want to soak up all the knowledge they can. Clubs can be very proud of themselves because everyone at the club plays to make them the best club they can be as a whole. Football is football, soon the NFL will be filled with international players.
AFI: What made you go from linebacker you played in college to quarterback and offensive coordinator?
Henri: My first season we struggled to score and our imported QBs, home QBs and junior QBs all got injured at some point. I had played Quarterback a lot in my life and knew this was what the team needed. I thought I was a better linebacker but a better quarterback than most players in the league. I then set myself the goal of studying attacking play and quarterbacking until the international teams wanted to choose me from other imported QBs.
AFI: In which other countries do you think you would like to play?
Henri: Ireland and Australia have the advantage that English is the spoken language. Which makes my life and my professional aspirations easier. I love to travel and I intended to play in Germany after Mallorca before Covid arrived. At this point, my focus is only on the Dublin rebels, but I wouldn't rule out other countries in the future depending on where life takes me.
Highlights playing with the Mallorca Voltors in Spain earlier this year.
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Know the main point of the game. The goal of American football is to score points by carrying the ball from a starting point on a 120-yard long and 53. 3-yard wide field into a specially marked 10-yard-deep area at either end of the field called an end zone. Each team uses the end zone in front of them to score while trying to prevent the opposing team from reaching the end zone behind them.  Each end zone has a Y-shaped structure called the field goal which is positioned on the end line. The field goals are used to score points with special kicks
The end zone that a team is defending is usually referred to as “their” end zone. Thus, a team with yards ( 64. 0 m ) to go before it can score a touchdown is 30 yards ( 27. 4 m ) from its end zone. Teams trade possession of the ball according to strict rules. Whichever team is in possession of the ball is known as the “offense;” the other team is called the “defense. ”
Learn the time divisions. Football is divided into four quarters of 15 minutes each, with a break between the deuxième and third periods called “halftime” that is normally 12 minutes long.  While the clock is active, the game is divided into even shorter segments called “plays ' or ' downs. '
A play begins when the ball is moved from the ground into the hands of the players, and ends when either the ball hits the ground, or the person holding the ball is tackled and his knee or elbow touches the ground. When a play is over, an official called a referee, places the ball on the yard marker which corresponds to his or her judgment of the place where the forward progress of the player with the ball was stopped. Each team has 4 downs and within those downs, they have to make ten yards from the line of scrimmage ( the starting point ). If the team fails to do so within the 4 downs, the offensive team has to hand over the ball to the opposing team. If the offense succeeds in taking the ball 10 yards in the 4 downs they get another 4 downs to move the ball 10 yards. The teams have 30 seconds to get into formation and begin the next play.
Play time can stop for a few different reasons : If a player runs out of bounds, a penalty is called, a flag is thrown, or a pass is thrown but not caught by anybody ( an incomplete pass ), the clock will stop while referees sort everything out.
Penalties are indicated by referees, who throw yellow flags onto the field when they see a violation. This lets everyone on the field know that a penalty has been called. Penalties normally result in the offending team losing between 5 - 15 yards of field place.  There are many penalties, but some of the most common are “offside” ( someone was on the wrong side of the line of scrimmage when the ball was snapped ), “holding” ( a player grabbed another player with his hands, and either player doesn’t have the ball, instead of blocking him properly ), ' false start ' ( When a player moves before the ball is snapped ), ' Unsportsmanlike conduct ' ( When a player does something that doesn’t show good sportsmanship, and “clipping” ( someone contacted an opposing player other than the ball carrier from behind and below the waist ).
The opening kickoff - At the very beginning of the game, the head referee flips a coin and the home team captain calls out which side of the coin will be face up. If satisfaisant, that captain may choose to kick off or to receive the opening kickoff or allow the visiting team captain to make that choice. Once the kicking and receiving teams are decided, the team captain who lost the coin toss gets to decide which goal his or her team will defend during the first half. This initial play is called the kickoff, and typically involves a long kick down field from one team to the other, with the team that kicked the ball rushing towards the team receiving the ball in order to prevent them from course the ball a long ways back towards the kicking team’s end zone. After halftime, there is a second kickoff by whichever team did not perform the opening kickoff. Throughout the second half, the end zones each team defends is the one opposite the end zone that team defended in the first half
Downs - The word “down” is synonymous with the word “chance” or ' plays ' in American football. The offense is allowed four downs to move the ball at least 10 yards ( 9. 1 m ) towards the end zone. Each play ends in a new down. If the goal of 10 yards ( neuf. 1 m ) from the first down is achieved before the fourth down is over, the count resets to the first down, commonly noted as “1st and 10” to indicate that the standard 10 yards ( 9. 1 m ) are once again required to reset to the first down.  Otherwise, the downs count from one to four. If four downs pass without resetting to the first down, control of the ball passes to the other team
This means that a team that moves the ball 10 or more yards on each play will never be on the second down. Every time the ball is moved 10 yards ( 9. 1 m ) or more in the proper direction, the next play is a first down with 10 yards ( 9. 1 m ) to go.
The distance required to reset to the first down is cumulative, so running 4 yards ( 3. 7 m ) on the first down, 3 yards ( 2. 7 m ) on the deuxième, and 3 yards ( 2. 7 m ) on the third is enough for the next play to be a first down again.
If a play ends with the ball behind the line of scrimmage, the difference in yards is added to the total number of yards required for a first down. For example, if the quarterback is tackled 7 yards ( 6. 4 m ) behind the line with the ball in his hands, the next play will be noted as “2nd and 17, ” meaning that 17 yards ( 15. 5 m ) must be covered in the next three plays to reset to a first down.
Instead of playing the fourth down, the offense can choose to punt the ball, which is a long kick that transfers control of the ball to the other team, but is likely to intensité them to start farther up the field than they would otherwise have been.