It would be simply foolish even to attempt to lay out a general plan by which a football game should be played. One universal feature of the game is the fact that it cannot he worked out very well before the actual conditions arise on the field. Football cannot be learned by rule. Only a general idea can be offered of what the leader must keep in mind during the game, - a few suggestions that will assist him to make the proper moves at the right time and place.

In preparation for each game, the style of offense to be decided upon must depend largely on the style, strength and weakness of the opponents' defense. But this much is certain, - the offense should include such a varied attack that some of the plays will be effective against any style of defense the opponents may offer. The game must not be played to suit the opponents, but should be so planned as to take every possible advantage of their weakness. How often it occurs that a team plays into the hands of its opponents, shoots the ball into its pocket, as it were, and wonders why the play fails to gain. The modern offensive game, to be as effective as it should, is one that is made up of a variety of plays and different formations.

Defensive Goal.

Offensive Goal.

Offensive Goal.

Suggestions to aid in selection of plays on offense in different sections of the field.

The Offense No. 2

The main attack should be diversified and deceptive, but the deceptive feature of the attack should be more in the nature of straight football than trick plays. It may feint at one point and then strike the real blow at some other point. On the offense the opponents must be kept guessing as to the nature and kind of attack. This is very important if the play is to gain ground. The main object of the team on the offense is to score - to carry the ball over the opponents' goal. All the attack should have this end in view. The plays must be executed with such force, speed and determination that they cannot be resisted.

Sometimes it is good policy to keep up a consistent attack at some point in the opposing line and then suddenly shift it back to some other place, after the enemy has drawn in its men to stop the play at the original point. This does not mean that the attack must be limited to a small number of plays, for punts, fake kicks, line plunges, sudden shifts in the offensive formation, followed by end runs, should all be included in the general policy.

Straight football should form the principal attack, and punting should be considered an important part. Do not rely on trick plays. They will very rarely gain ground against good teams and the weaker ones can be easily defeated anyhow.

The Offense No. 3

Kicking is an important part of the offense. The team that does not have a good punter in the game and one or two in reserve is seriously handicapped. Just when and where to kick are decisions that must be governed largely by the strength of the two teams and the condition of the wind and weather. Again, can you out-kick the opposing team, and what is your ability to hold your opponents when they have secured the ball from a punt? If the opponents' back-field men are poor at catching, kick often. When" punting from near the sideline, care must be taken that the ball does not go outside too soon in flight. If punt- . ing from near the sideline, do not kick too far toward the other side, as the opposing backs will have a great chance to run the ball back along the side of the field that is little protected. The punt should always be high enough . to permit the ends to go down the field with the ball to tackle the runner or get the ball in case of a fumble.