Usually, when one team's special teams is called onto the field, the other team will bring their special teams onto the field as well.
Special Teams Positions
- kickers (i.e. field goal kicker, place kicker, drop kicker)
- returners (i.e. punt returner, kickoff returner)
- snapper (i.e. long snapper)
Kickers are also called placekickers. These are the players responsible for field goals and extra points. They kick the football off the ground in order to earn more points for their team. Although this player might not be involved in much of the game, he can make or break the result of a game.
Holders are the players that receive the ball and hold it on the ground for kickers to kick. If they fumble with the ball, it could result in a missed field goal or the kicker completely missing the ball altogether.
Punt returners are responsible for dropping the ball and kicking it very far to the other end of the field. This happens when the offensive team wishes to switch possession and give it to the other team instead of trying for fourth down.
The snapper is the player who "snaps" the ball to the holder during extra points or field goal kicks. He must have extreme accuracy and precision.
Football Special Teams Goals
The goals of the special teams are:
Without a good special teams, a football team will struggle to earn points through kicking opportunities like field goals and extra points or prevent turnovers with punts.
Players on the special teams will perform:
- Field goals
- Extra kicks
- Kickoff returns and punt returns
- Blocking field goal and extra point attempts
Here are some glossary terms related to the special teams: