In order to score points in football, a team must move the ball toward the opposing team's end zone. As a fan, it is important you understand the rules of how teams move the game ball in football.
What We'll Be Learning
We'll learn about the basics of moving the ball in football through running and passing. Next, we'll learn what it means for a team to have possession of the ball. This will lead to a discussion of the scrimmage downs and how they work. By the end of this chapter, you should be comfortable with how teams move the ball on the field in football.
At any point, you can go to our football glossary and look up any of the terms discussed in these chapters. Here are all the terms we will be covering related to ball movement:
- Line of Scrimmage
- 1st Down Line
- Scrimmage Downs
- No Gain
- Down Cycle
- Down and Distance
- Turnover on Downs
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