Recall from the last chapter that a field goal is worth three (3) points.
Field Goal Range
Field goal range is the maximum distance your team should be located on the field before your kicker attempts a field goal. It is based on numerous statistics on how kickers have performed in the past.
Determining Field Goal Range
To determine field goal range follow these steps:
Why Add 17 Yards?
- The end zone is ten (10) yards long and the goal post is located on the end lines at the back of the end zone.
- The holder, a player who holds the ball for the kicker positions himself seven (7) yards from the line of scrimmage.
10 + 7 = 17
Within Field Goal Range
A team is said to be within field goal range, if they are at least 52 yards or closer to the opposing team's end zone. That would mean a team should at least be on the opposing team's 35-yard line before attempting a kick for the highest change of success.
Out Of Field Goal Range
It is not impossible to score a field goal outside of field goal range, it's just very unlikely. It has, of course, been done before. That's the beauty of sports, anything can happen. But, like all sports, football is a game of percentages.