It was animated by George Nicholas, Norman Tate, Marvin Woodward, and Andy Engman. The story was by Harry Reeves and Rex Cox, while the music was by Oliver Wallace.
The surnames of the football players were based upon the short's creative team.
The plot concerns The Goofies of Taxidermy Tech versing the Goofies of Anthropology A&M in a football match. Like many of the shorts which featured Goofy, this film was a mock "how to" instructional video - a "tongue in cheek look at the game".
MoviePilot notes it strange that during the short, the Goofy clones are sometimes shown to lose their anthropomorphic traits and even bark instead of using human speech. This "famous" short "has long been a favorite of Goofy fans." CelebrationPress wrote "I marvel every time I watch this short; the animators not only successfully poked fun at college football, but they did it using multiple incarnations of essentially the same character. " Even today, in Disney Stores memorabilia related to this short can be bought; in particular one of the ornaments in the Goofy Sketchbook Ornament series are from this film. The "original football stadium background" was reused for the 2007 short How to Hook Up Your Home Theater. WDW Radio deemed it "a jaunty revue of all things pigskin and gridiron". MichaelBarrier.com said "I would place How to Play Football (1944) near the top of the pile of Kinney's sports cartoons".
Disney Film Project notes how effective the short's use of satire is to comment on football.
It mocks the "chaos" of the game and even has a joke where the narrator's explanation of the rules is muffled by the cheers of the crowd, implying that the rules are less than important ... In the end, the short manages to tell the story of a full game, mixed with gags while also highlighting some of the intricacies of football. That's not easy to do.-- Disney Film Project
The short can be found on Disc 1 of the Walt Disney Treasures set "The Complete Goofy" and on Volume 5 of the "Walt Disney's Classic Cartoon Favorites Extreme Sports Fun" series.