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The One With The Football
Season 3, episode 9
57th overall episode of Friends
The friends pick teams to play football.
Episode Information

November 21, 1996

Written by

Ira Ungerleider

Directed by

Kevin S. Bright

Episode Guide

The One With The Giant Poking Device


The One Where Rachel Quits


"The One With The Football" is the ninth episode of the third season of Friends. It aired on November 21, 1996, serving as the Thanksgiving episode of the year. It was written by Ira Ungerlinger and directed by Kevin S. Bright.


It is Thanksgiving and after watching a football match, they decide to play football. Monica and Ross tell the others that they are not allowed to play as Monica broke his nose in the sixth Geller Cup on a Thanksgiving long ago. However, they decide to play anyway. Monica picks Joey and Phoebe, Ross picks Chandler and Rachel, who is upset about being last picked.

As they play, Joey and Chandler meet a Dutch girl , Margha. They both try to impress her, and finally she picks Chandler (when Ross makes her choose). When he does a victory dance, she changes her mind and picks neither of them. They don't let Rachel play because she's really bad, but she gets so bored that she wanders off for a snack.

Rachel is traded with Joey. The girls try to beat the men, making Phoebe show off her breasts to Chandler. During the last 30 seconds, Monica has no choice but to throw to Rachel, who seemingly scores and spikes the ball. However, Chandler points out that she was actually short of the goal line and everyone realizes the ball is still live. Ross and Monica dive for the ball and try to take it from each other to win the game. The rest of the gang has Thanksgiving dinner, while Ross and Monica continue to fight over the ball in the dark.

Cast and CrewEdit

Main CastEdit

Jennifer Aniston - Rachel Green
Courteney Cox - Monica Geller
Lisa Kudrow - Phoebe Buffay
Matt LeBlanc - Joey Tribbiani
Matthew Perry - Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer - Ross Geller

Supporting CastEdit

Suzanna Voltaire - Margha


Directed By:
Kevin S. Bright

Produced By:
Ira Ungerlinger

Written By:
Ira Ungerlinger



  • Suzanna Voltaire is from America, and does not have a Dutch accent. She added the accent while auditioning for Margha. When they found out she was American, the crew were shocked.
  • Number 1 in "UK's 6 Favorite Friends Episodes Countdown"
  • The two children on the swings in this episode are Marta Kauffman's children.
  • It isn't possible to tell whether the snap that no one could agree on occurred before or after the buzzer because of the cut to the timer as Monica yells "Hike!".
  • The uncut DVD version of the episode has a different ending. Monica and Ross decide toss the Geller Cup down the garbage chute. Phoebe is at the bottom, catching it for Monica, but as she's about to leave, Ross walks in to claim it for himself.
    • Also, in the uncut DVD version, when Phoebe asks Margha to set the timer, she calls Phoebe 'Beefy', and when Monica trades Joey for Rachel, she says "That's great, there goes my last shred of self esteem."
  • Phoebe is wearing a "That Girl" T-Shirt. The star of "That Girl" is Marlo Thomas, who plays Rachel's mom.
  • Chandler doesn't like football but in this episode he is seen watching and playing it. (In the future episode The One With Chandler In A Box Chandler pretends to want to watch "the big game" and Phoebe says "You don’t have to do that, Ross and Joey aren’t here, you can watch the parade if you want." to which Chandler replies "Thanks.").
  • The game that Joey, Chandler and Ross were watching was between the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings.


  • When they are holding Phoebe to prevent Monica throwing her the ball, Chandler and Joey switch sides between long-shots of the three and medium shots.
  • When Joey scores a touchdown, Monica states the score as being "7 to nothing". A touchdown in touch football is only worth one point (or in a lesser used version, six). Only if Joey had done a one-point conversion kick would the seventh point be obtained, but touch football uses two-point conversions, thus seven points is impossible.
    • When playing football recreationally, some people use seven points as a scoring method as it is similar to the professional scoring system.

Episode NavigationEdit

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
Preceded by
"The One With The Giant Poking Device"
Series Three Episodes Followed by
"The One Where Rachel Quits"

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