Football Play Clock

Football Play Clock

The play clock keeps track of time in between scrimmage downs. The play clock will last either 40 seconds or 25 seconds based on what happened in the previous scrimmage down.


Football Scrimmage Downs

When a football team is on offense, they have four scrimmage downs to move the ball on the football field. The play clock forces players to play the next scrimmage down within 40 seconds or 25 seconds.

40 Second Play Clock

Most of the time, the play clock lasts 40 seconds. The offense has 40 seconds to snap the ball and play the scrimmage down. A penalty called Delay of Game will be given to the offense if they don't snap the ball in time.

25 Second Play Clock

The play clock will last 25 seconds when a timeout is called, a kick is made, or a penalty is given.