Play Design

The 12th of November in 1892 is the date of a never to be forgotten moment in sports history. Allegheny Athletic Association football team was the first to openly pay a player $ 500,- in a game against rivalry team Pittsburgh Athletic Club. It was the start of professional competition and the birth of American Pro Football.

Despite this head start of these two teams, none of them exist today, but not without long forgotten reasons. One player had to give up his spot in the team for the hired professional, but got traded something special for his compliance. A subtle silent fell as the first ever set of American Football tactics, that where scribbled on an old deck of pokercards, passed on to him. And it is with this deck the game we love today was formed in all its glory.

As for the cut player, he became the most successful coach in American Football history. As for the deck, all we know is that the box read two simple words… PLAY DESIGN.

What would you do with this kind power in your hands?


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The text above was the start of the succesful KICKSTARTER at the end of 2019! See the original info here: kickstarter PLAY DESIGN... The American Football card game.

The idea, co-produced between America and Amsterdam to make a designed card game called PLAY DESIGN that stand out because of carefully thought out game layouts and functionalities, with a lot of detailed study and implementing of American Football formations.



When you missed out on this great football card game on kickstarter you can still get you a copy of the game. For European buyers the game can be found at

When you live in the United States or an other country outside the EU you can order Play Design on this Amazon - Play Design card game page



There are 2 basic rules that come with the game. One game type is called 4 downs, the other is called 5 possesions. These rules can be viewed and dowloaded directly from this website by clicking on this link: Your Play Design Rules.

You can also find the rules in Dutch through this link: Nederlandstalige spelregels Play Design.


More about the game

PLAY DESIGN - The American Football game is:

  • A fun American football card game, with 2 different game types.
  • Great to learn about American Football formations.
  • A great game, even if you don't care about American Football (yet).
  • A nice collectable because of great design and carefully selected common formations.
  • Easy to teach your kids, and give them some American Football basics while your at it.
  • Nice to have so you wont forget the American Football formations every man or woman should know!

a view of the final print of the cards

PLAY DESIGN is a card game, both fun and strategic, but it also makes you familiair with most American Football formations. And it's great as a gift to card and sports game lovers. The game can be played in 2 different ways. This makes it an apporopiate game for many occasions. The two game types are:

  • 4 downs - This is the basic / primairy game for 2 - 4 players. In this game you have to win as much 4th downs as possible, beating your oppenents in timing the right cards and outplaying the others. When you lose, you lose yards, untill the last man (or woman) standing.
  • 5 possesions - This is a signature 2 player game. Both players get their own color deck (black or white) and play the best of 5 possesions to win the game. Players play on offense and defense and try to figure out what their opponent is trying to do, as the decks and options for formations get smaller and smaller.

If you like a fresh new idea of a cardgame, and appreciatie both designing and a product that is thougt out carefully, this is a must have!

For American Football lovers it is also a great collectors item and a tribute to the game and formations. And you can teach your kids the basics of the game in a fun way!

So what do you get?

  • The game is designed to be a 56 card set.
  • There is both an 28 card deck in black and white. Both decks have 28 unique formations that is the backbone of the game.
  • The game comes in a black tuckbox or a white tuckbox.
  • There are 2 types of games you can play with the deck(s).
  • The rules come with the game and this website will contain a digital copy of the rules once the game is launched.

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