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Parent Category: Football - American
Football rules and regulations refer to established codes followed in playing the game. Each team is allowed to have 11 players on the field. Other rules that govern the game relate to the game’s format, the field, and penalties.
Introduction of the Forward PassNo one really knows when exactly the first forward pass was implemented in an actual game, but most historians do agree that in 1873 represenatives from Yale, Princeton, and Rutgers met to discuss formulating rules for this new game of football. The new rules consiste…
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If this is just a pick up game, than kids do this often. If swear words are involved, that may need to be stopped. A good referee/official will generally give a warning when a player or individual is out of hand and may be impeding any player's performance. Even in elementary ball, the ref…
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The players' numbers mean nothing except to the players. The players get to choose which number they want to wear.
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During the course of play, as long as you reestablish legal position on the court prior to receiving the ball play continues without penalty.An inbounds play may be a different case. I believe you cannot be the first one to touch the inbounded ball if you go out of bounds to shake a defender.
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Mandatory PAT If you are ahead it shows good sportsmanship not to run up the score so 1 point will do if it is a close offensive game then 2 might be a good idea, but might not be. If its near the end of the game and a team is down they will go for 2 points, if the score can be met by 8 points or le…
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The ref gets exactly 90 seconds to view the replay, even if its a booth review.
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I don't know when they started using the Field goal nets but I do know its for safety purposes... People would see the kick comming and jump for the ball and end up on top of people or even falling down the stands and getting injured.   i don't know when they first started to use them but I…
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A foul cannot occur off the field of play. Any infractions off the field would be punishable as misconduct with a caution or a send off. A referee could wait and deal with the misconduct at the next stoppage, in which case the reason for the stoppage would dictate the restart. If a referee must de…
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collective-bargaining-agreement-2011-2020 ARTICLE 42 CLUB DISCIPLINE Section 1. Maximum Discipline: (iv) Losing, damaging or altering Club-provided equipment-maximum fine of $1,770, and replacement cost, if any. (v) Throwing football into stands-maximum fine of $1,770.
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The extra point can always be attempted regardless of the time left on the clock regardless of the time left on the play clock. And in the NFL, the officials actually require the PAT to be attempted, since playoff tiebreakers can sometimes come down to point differentials.
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Answer The rule says, "Intentional grounding will be called when a passer, facing an imminent loss of yardage due to pressure from the defense, throws a forward pass without a realistic chance of completion." When the QB spikes the ball he is not faced with a loss of yardage. The rule was phra…
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Depends on the time of year in which the game is played... regular season games have one overtime period (sudden death, first to score wins) and if at the end of the period (full 15 minutes, each team gets 2 timeouts) the score is still tied, it's over. Tie ball game. Playoff games on the other hand…
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Neither. Consider this situation: Team A is backed up to its own end zone. Team A's quarterback throws a pass that is intercepted by Team B just in front of the goal line. The Team B player tries to run around a couple Team A guys to get into the end zone. In the process he gets hit and fumbles the …
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It's dead. The goal posts are out of bounds, so if a ball touches them it becomes dead. (Although if a ball hits an upright or the crossbar but still goes through, the kick is still good.)
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No the pass is still incomplete and no yards are added towards the qb nor receiver stats.The yardage gained is added on to a team's penalty yardage.
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The free kick is considered one of two types of kickoffs even though it uses a drop kick, according to the NFL rules:"Once the ball is touched by the receiving team or has gone 10 yards, it is a free ball." Conversely, there are the same penalties if it goes out of bounds so it risks a 30 yd penalty…
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The team that did not kick off at the start of the game kicks off at the start of the second half. If you win the toss at the beginning of the game and elect to receive that means you will be kicking off in the second half.
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In pro football, the likelihood would be slim. The main factors would be 1) the health of the field-goal kickers, 2) the accuracy of the field-goal kickers, and 3) the wind. Although no records have been found in this search, it is possible that this convergence of events has occurred. The likelihoo…
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Drop Kick for Field Goal I don't believe you have to be behind the line of scrimmage. This play is a holdover from rugby where a player can attempt a drop goal at any time during play. A player, often during a full sprint, will drop the ball in front of him and as it touches the ground will kick …
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Former NFL lineman Deacon Jones invented the term when at the time the NFL didn't track sack stats. If they did it would probably be revealed that Deacon is the all time sack leader. It comes from the fact that SACKING a city is just as devastating to the city as a QB being tackled is to the offense…
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because it is safer, because if you dont punt it and go for the first and dont make it the other team has a beeter chance in scoring then if you would have punt it Football is a game of field position. If you try to make a first down on fourth down and fail, the other team will gain possession of th…
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The PAT was implemented to help reduce the number of ties. It was assumed that XPs would be missed at times but of course now it is almost automatic. The two point conversion was added to make games more exciting by giving teams a chance to tie or win a game they would otherwise not win with an XP k…
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According the the nfl.com website once a field goal is missed the other team takes control of the football no matter what down it is. Here's the quote from nfl.com: All field goals attempted (kicker) and missed from beyond the 20-yard line will result in the defensive team taking possession of th…
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If a field goal is attempted on any down other than fourth, the rules state that once the ball crosses the line of scrimmage the kicking team no longer has possession. This means that if a field goal is attempted on second down and the kick is blocked and the kicking team recovers behind the line of…
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There is no difference, but the kickers and punters are punished in a way. They don't get these kicking balls until 2 hours before a game and can use them sparingly in warm ups. These balls are brand new right out of the box and not broken in as much as the regular balls that are used on offensive p…
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Won In Home Stadium No Super Bowl team has played in their home stadium. The closest a Super Bowl team has been to playing at home was Super Bowl XIV when the Los Angeles Rams played the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California and Super Bowl XIX when the San Francisco 49ers p…
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Once unless the ball does not pass the line of scrimmage, or a defensive penalty is called.
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Coach's Challenges Per Game Each coach gets 2 challenges per game, but during the last 2 minutes of each half only the booth may challenge. If both challenges are successful, the coach is given a third challenge. Note, you can only challenge a play if you have a timeout remaining, so if a coach us…
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1974 season. when people started running into it.......
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Check this site for the latest football rules; http://football.changerules.net
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The commissioner of the NFL's signature is on the official game ball. Roger Goodell has been commissioner since 2007.
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Length of a FootballFootballs have different sizes ranging from size 2-6 and also a football is a sphere which also makes it diffucult to encounter the length.
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NO! A defender that intercepts a ball can not attempt a drop goal. This is not legel since the ball must be 'behind the line of scrimmage'. This implies that only the offense could do it... Sort of. Never really thought about it. The drop kick is simply a field goal. A field goal is a kick through t…
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Yes, the only restriction is that in the final two minutes of a half, all reviews are initiated by the officials monitoring the game in the booth.
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Yes.  Dont know but you have been watching to much "water boy" lol  Yes, it is a field goal but it much touch the ground before it is kicked, in other words it isn't a punt, but the old bounce the ball off the field and kick it move, which can't be done with the current shaped football v…
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Answer Once the ball has gone 10 yards after being kicked during a kickoff, the ball is indeed live! During a punt, however, someone on the receiving team must touch the football for it to be live. Answer The ball is always live during a kick. The only thing in question is who can recover, a…
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For American football: Twenty-two, or eleven per team. In the Canadian Football League, there are 12 players on the field for offense and defense. There are 11 players in NFL Football. High school teams may be 11 man or 9 man teams in the US.
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Several contributors made notes on the rules concerning the goal kick in association football/soccer. They are condensed here: The kick can be taken from anywhere in the goal area (the small box) and is not in play until it has left the penalty area (the big box) into the field of play.After the kic…
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Although the player is in an offside position at the moment of the kick, they are not guilty of an offside infraction because the ball was not passed to them by a team-mate.
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No. The ball must be handled deliberately for there to be an infraction.
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FIFA is the world governing body of Football. They are the final authority as regards the sport, and the English version of the Laws of the Game, all 17 of them, is posted at their website. A link is provided.
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Playing the ball on the ground when attacking you should give a lead in front of them of about 1-2 feet. Watch Pele in the 1970 Football World Cup Final to see it done at its best if they are running forward, then a little way in front. if they are standing still and want the ball the pass shoul…
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Answer When the ball carrier is tackled and does not pass ball to teammate or the ball is out of bounds, the play is called a scrum, and the yard line where the last play was downed is called the line of scrimmage. In American football, draw a line from sideline to sideline where the ball is …
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The American football field, including end zones, is 360 feet long by 160 feet wide, so the area is 57,600 square feet, which is a little less than one and one third acres.The Canadian football field, including end zones, is 450 feet long by 195 feet wide, so the area is 87,750 square feet, which is…
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Answer In American football, four. In Canadian football, three.
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Answer 8 feet tall, 24 feet wide Thats standard... certainly in the English Premier League (EPL) its that.
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There are many rules to the NFL buut only a few are commonly abused. There have been books written for all tipes of football leages, so I suggest going out and buying a book.
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The score of a forfeited NFL game is 2-0. The reasoning behind this is that a safety is the only way to score in an NFL game in which no points are credited to a specific player. There has only been 1 official forfeit in NFL history (1920 - Rochester Jeffersons lost by forfeit to the Washington Pros…
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Answer Click on the 'Position Diagram' link on this page to see a diagram of positions in the game of football.
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No. Ford Field in Detroit faces East and West. A field has to run North and South as mandated by the NFL Comission, but a field can be built East and West only with special consent granted by the Comission. It must first be reviewed before given consent.
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Answer Only when the world ends...Football is top dog, the daddy, the big cheese..etc etc..
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Not 100% on this but once team "B" receives a punted ball past the original line of scrimmage the ball has changed possesion. Team "B" then fumbles & team "A" recovers I would think team "A" would retain posession with a new set of downs.  It is team A's ball on a new set of downsAny time …
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Answer Ray McLean of the Chicago Bears was the last player to successfully drop kick in the NFL. He converted an extra point following Ken Kavanaugh's 42-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown during the Bears' 37-9 win over the New York Giants in the 1941 NFL Championship Game. The drop kick came …
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Answer The QB is trying to avoid losing yardage. Spiking the ball you don't lose yards. I don't remember the exact year the rules were modified to allow spiking the football to stop the clock but the modification was made to allow teams a better chance to score at the end of a half/game when …
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Answer The pass-back rule came into effect in the early 90's in order to eliminate time-wasting by defenders and goal keepers.
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A football field is 102 yards because excluding the end zones the field is 100 yards and each end zone is 1 yard i hope you Liked the answer The dimensions of an American football field are 120 yards long by 53 1/3 yards wide.
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105 × 69 m (344 × 226 ft)
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Answer I believe this IS allowed in the NFL so long as the ball leaves the kicker's foot before crossing the line of scrimmage. I can't recall though ever seeing this type of kick DONE in an NFL game. A field goal is attempted when the ball is placed on the ground for the kicker to kick or whe…
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Offsetting penalties are when both teams have committed a penalty on the same play. Offset means the two penalties cancel each other out. Offsetting penalties only occur on LIVE BALL penalties. These are flags that occur during the play (after or concurrent with the snap, before the ball is dead at …
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The wildcards are the two teams from each conference (4 teams across the NFL) that didnt finish first in their divsion, but still get to go to the playoffs. Usually, but not always, they are the 5th and 6th best teams of the conference (though even if one of the teams is 4th best in the conference, …
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Rules of High School Football Depends on the state. But most states use NFHS rules, with some changes pertaining to eligibility. where do i start with this totally simplistic answer. why dont we start with length of game. high school uses 12 minute quarters as opposed to 15. Penalty markoffs are di…
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The four divisions in each conference.6 teams from each conference makes the playoffs the four division winners get playoff spots.then the 2 best teams not including the division winners in the whole conference get wildcard spots.The 2 best teams in each conference get a week off in the playoffs and…
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Answer As in a forward pass?? No. It is still live if it does not touch the ground. ANSWER: A football remains a live ball if it strikes an official in the field of play. If an official is out of bounds when the ball touches him/her, then the ball is deemed to be out of bounds. Answer Yes a…
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Answer The team that was on defense when the kick was made. Anytime a ball is kicked it causes a change of possesion unless there was a defensive penalty. The rules in the NFL state that once the ball crosses the line of scrimmage on a missed field goal attempt there is a change of possession…
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Give other football teams with a not so good record, a chance to play in the playoffs who would have not otherwise. to give non division winning teams that may or may not have a better record than other division winning teams a chance to gain a playoff berth.
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11 a side at any one time. There is no penalty for having less than 11, however if you have more than 11 on the field, it is a 5 yard penalty. The penalty does not include an automatic first down if it is against the defense, so unless there were less than 5 yards to go at the time of the foul, the …
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A drop kick is worth 1 point if attempted as a Point After Touchdown, or 3 points if attempted as a Field Goal. The points are only rewarded if the attempt is successful of course. A drop kick isn't worth any points, per se, it is simply another method of kicking the ball. It was replaced by the p…
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In High School, the minute a try is kicked, it is dead, regardless if the kick succeeds, misses, or is blocked behind the line. If there is a fumble on a two point conversion and the defense takes possession, the ball is dead and the try has failed. In the NCAA/NFL, if a PAT is blocked behind the …
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Football can refer to several different sports, all of which have largely different rulebases. See the related links for more specific questions.
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Probably the best thing to do is talk to someone who knows the position. A site that helped me a lot was http://howtoplayquarterback.blogspot.com/ If you want to take your game to the next level, this site is for you. Good Luck
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$109 million The salary cap for the 2007 season is set at $109 million. Click on the related link for the salary cap status of all 32 teams.
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Answer Football is a religion, so people can go crazy at a game though fights are much less common especially in the EPL. Because of fouls, cards, refs, players.... There is always someone to compalin on the pitch. The players try to avoide fights, because they get red cards for it, but sometime…
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In college football, once a player's knee touches the ground the play is whistled dead regardless of whether a defensive player made contact with the ball carrier. In the NFL, a defensive player must make contact with the ball carrier to have the play whistled dead. So to answer your question, in co…
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Answer Originally there were 12 players. A Canadian team showed up to play a college team and they were only able to bring 11 players. So the Americans agreed to play with only 11 so that it was an even game. The Canadians went back and went back to 12, but the Americans just kept playing with 11…
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Football Downs and Fouls The team that takes possession of the ball (the offense) has four attempts, called downs, to advance the ball 10 yards towards their opponent's (the defense's) end zone. When the offense gains 10 yards, it gets a first down, or another set of four downs to gain 10 yards.…
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AFL Rules Changed 1) There used to be only one field umpire, it then increased to 2 before increasing to 3. 2) The interchange bench was introduced in the second half of the 20th century allowing teams to have one player on the interchange bench. This has slowly increased to the 5 we have today. 3…
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The NFL provides a number of "new" unused balls for use in kicking in each game. They are used for kickoffs, punting, field goals, and extra points. The stated object of having special balls is to minimize the effect of ball wear on kicking accuracy. However, the reason they were instituted was due …
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Football QuestionIf the man standing on the sideline tackle the guy running down the sideline, then it would be an interference because once you step off the field and back on you inactive for the rest of the play and it would not count so the referee would not advance the ball at all.*Because this …
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Lineup of Defensive PlayersI'll answer based on the common 4-3 college and professional alignment. 4-3 means 4 down linemen and 3 linebackers.2 DT's or Defensive Tackles align in the middle of the front line of defense closest to the ball.2 DE's or Defensive Ends align in the outside of the front li…
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There are 11 positions on both offense and defense in football. Offense: Quarterback [QB] Half-Back/Running Back [HB/RB] Full Back [FB] Offensive Tackle (Left) [LT] Offensive Guard (Left) [LG] Center [C] Offensive Guard (Right) [RG] Offensive Tackle (Right) [RT] Wide Receiver(s) [WR] Tig…
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University of Oregon. 8/31/96 vs. Fresno State
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In the NFL, goal posts are 10 feet high and 18 1/2 feet wide.
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Football Position My son thinks it would be the fullback, who can also run the ball. But he thinks it could also be the guard. Your son knows his football Crystal. There are five offensive lineman whose primary job is to block: one center who snaps the ball to the quarterback, two guards, and…
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The NFL moved the goal posts from the goal line to the end line for the 1974 season.
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Knee Down No, it is considered a completed pass. A receiver may go to the ground to catch the ball, as long as it doesn't hit the ground.
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None If a receiver is knocked out of bounds by a defensive player and the official believes the receiver would have come down in bounds with both feet had he not been contacted by the defender, then it's ruled a completed pass. This rule has been changed for the 2008 season. There is no longer …
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Answer The extra point reduces the chance of tie games. The two point conversion was added for the same reason. Answer The extra point was once the only purpose of scoring a touchdown, as the touchdown itself granted no points. That's because the emphasis in the early game was on scoring by m…
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Running Laterally Side to side running is lateral running, not to be confused with the "lateral" exchange of the ball from one player to another. East to West.
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Number of People Who can Tackle There are no limits as on how many players are allowed to tackle the person with the ball. As many people as are needed may help to tackle the ballcarrier. The referee will blow the whistle when the ballcarrier is considered to be "down." After the whistle blo…
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Comparison of NCAA and NFL footballThe NCAA footall has white half stripes and some have team logls.The NFL football does not have strpes and has the commissioner's signature.They are both the same size and weight.The football is an oblong sphere and is 11 to 11.5 inches (28 to 29 centimeters) long.…
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To loosen the football up because new footballs can be a little hard and to expand the sweet spot that the kicker will be kicking.
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Not in the NFLNope. At least not in the NFL.If a ball carrier falls down on top of an opposing player and does not otherwise touch the ground, he is not considered down by contact and may continue to advance the ball.Some part of the ball carrier's body, other than his hands or feet, has to make con…
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In American and Canadian football, scoring a touchdown is worth 6 points. The team than has a choice to kick for a single extra point or pass or run for two more points. This play is called the convert, which essentially means trying to score again.
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One rule for football is that you are not allowed to hold anyone when you tackle them. ____ The basic rules: Each team has to get the ball into the opposing end zone to score. You have 4 tries to get 10 yards, and if you can't, then you turn the ball over to the other team. If you can, then you …
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In the NFL, the team receiving a punt has the opportunity to kick a field goal on the play immediately after a fair catch, even if there is no time remaining on the clock. The team attempting the free kick must either drop kick the ball or have a player holding the ball like on a 'regular' field go…
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== Returning a Blocked Point After an Attempt = yes you can and same goes for a 2-point conversion COPIED FROM THE COLLEGE RULE BOOK if you return a blocked point all the way back to the other endzone you are awarded 2 points
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Penalty for Throwing a Punch in Football Possible ejection of all involved players plus 15 yards. There is no 'possible' about it. Starting a fight is an auto-ejection in HS and NCAA. It is a 15 yard personal foul, as noted.
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