The kicker is a player on the special teams. Kickers are responsible for performing all types of kicks in football. A kicker is needed on:
A field goal can happen on any down and from anywhere on the football field. A place kicker will line up behind the scrimmage line and kick the ball through the goal post. A team should be in field goal range before they go for a field goal.
The extra point or PAT happens after a touchdown is scored. The kicker must kick the ball through the goal post for one additional point.
A punt is used to change possession. Punts are usually made on 4th down to prevent a turnover on downs.
A kickoff happens after any score in football. Kickoffs are kicked by a place kicker behind restraining lines.
A place kicker is a type of kicker that performs kickoffs, field goals, and extra points. The ball is placed on a tee or held in place by a holder, a player on the special teams.
![Football Place kicker](/img/football/football-place kicker.png)
A punter is a type of kicker that performs punts.
A drop kick is a type of kick that happens on punts. The kicker gets the ball from the snap, drops it in the air and kicks it.