Football Field Goal Range
Field goal range describes how far a football team's kicker can kick. If a team is within field goal range, they are close enough to the opposing team's goal post to make a field goal based on the kicker's ability. Field goal range is based on numerous statistics on how kickers have performed in the past.
Calculate Field Goal Range
To calculate field goal range follow these steps:
- Locate the line of scrimmage.
- Add 17 yards to that yard line.
- Determine if the kicker can make a kick from that distance.
In the example above, if a team is on the 40 yard line, they are 57 yards from the goal post.
10 + 7 = 17
That's why we add 17 yards to the line of scrimmage when calculating field goal range.
NFL Field Goal Range
REMEMBER: It is not impossible to make a field goal outside of field goal range. It's just very unlikely. It has been done before. That's the beauty of sports, anything can happen. But, like all sports, football is a game of percentages.