Have you been caught up in Hayneamania? Do you know his yards per carry and have been arguing his ability to pick up the blitz? Or did you think a tight-end was as a result of doing your squats each day and really have no clue about the rules of NFL? An in-depth knowledge of the game is not mandatory to enjoy the intensity watching Jarryd Hayne play his first game of NFL in Levi’s Stadium. has put together a once in a lifetime sports travel package for Australian’s to travel with like-minded fans to San Francisco to allow many of them to watch their first live game NFL as Jarryd Hayne and the San Francisco 49’ers take on the Minnesota Vikings.

“A lot of people coming away with us loved Jarryd Hayne and League but are fairly new converts to The NFL. The rulebook of American Football is long and complex but an in-depth knowledge is not a requirement of loving this game. Many people simply want to be a part of his incredible journey and celebrate Hayne’s achievement to date”, said Nic McRae, Founder, The Red Zone Experience.

There are still places available on the tour, leaving on Saturday 12th September, 2015, but if you just want to know the rules for when you watch it on TV, here is a basic summary to step up your water cooler conversation game!

TIMING: Games are divided into four, 15 minute quarters. At the end of the first and third quarters, the team with the ball retains possession heading into the following quarter. That is not the case before halftime. The second half starts with a kickoff in the same way as Rugby League or Union.

Each team essentially has 4 tackles (downs) to try and make 10 yards (just over 9m). If a team manages 10 yards (or longer) they are then given the opportunity to try and make another 10 yards within 4 downs.

If a team is 2nd and 8, this means that the offensive team is on its 2nd down and they still need to make a further 8 yards to receive their next set of 4 downs.

On the 4th down, if the offensive team is too far away to kick a field goal, they will punt the ball for field position, like in League on the 5th tackle. This is where Jarryd will be receiving the ball, as a punt receiver; like his customary fullback position.

The main difference between Australian codes of football and NFL is, that after the ball is kicked, the kicking team isn’t allowed to re-gather the ball.

Play begins at what is called the line of scrimmage. The offensive team is allowed to only throw the ball forward, once per down, behind this line of scrimmage. However each team may pass the ball backwards as many times as they like (which is termed ‘a lateral’).

A player is tackled when one or both of his knees touch the ground. The play is then over (even if the ball comes loose).

A touchdown (which is the comparable to a try) is worth 6 points. To score a touchdown as a player carrying the ball, the ball simply needs to cross the plane of the goal line (it doesn’t have to be grounded over the goal line). If someone is catching the ball in the ‘end zone’ (in goal area), the person catching the ball needs to have two feet in bounds at some point in time.

After a touchdown is scored, the offensive team tries to convert the touchdown for one point. This kicking conversion attempt is taken from the 15 yard line directly in front of the goal posts.

Teams can also attempt a 2 point conversion, which is where they will try and score another touchdown from the opponent’s 2 yard line.

Like in Rugby, field goals are worth 3 points and can be attempted from any position on the field.

In order to win the game, the team who wins the coin toss must score a touchdown on their first possession.
If they only score a field goal, the opposing team then gets a chance to score. If they kick a field goal, the game continues. If they score a touchdown, the game ends. If the game is tied after both teams have had a possession, then the next score wins.

To interview Joe Hughes on the rules of NFL, please contact me on or 0455 494 409.


Additional Information:

FAN PACKAGE (September 12- September 15): From $5,599 (Inc GST)

  • Return economy flights ex Sydney
  • Return Airport transfers
  • Three nights, 3 star twin share accommodation in downtown San Francisco
  • Welcome drinks at Sports Bar
  • Jarryd Hayne jersey
  • Game day transfers with food and drinks on board
  • Game day tailgate package which starts three hours prior to kick off
  • 400 level tickets

PREMIUM PACKAGE (September 12- September 15): From $7,299 (inc GST)

  • Return economy flights ex Sydney
  • Return Airport transfers
  • Three nights, 4-5* star twin share accommodation in downtown San Francisco
  • Welcome drinks at Sports Bar
  • Merch pack including 49ers hat, bag, Jarryd Hayne jersey, Levis swag and more
  • Luxury limo-bus game day transfers with premium food and drinks on board
  • Entry to the members-only Michael Mina Tailgate which starts three hours prior to kick off
  • Entry to NRG Sky Suite Experience to watch the game. A red carpet VIP hospitality experience for just 25 guests.
  • Spend time with a 49’ers legend

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