Football Line of Scrimmage

Chapter 5.2

What's that blue line on the field when you watch a football game on TV? Get ready to learn about the line of scrimmage and what it means in football.

Introduction

In past chapters, we learned about the yard lines. Below is a picture of all the yard lines highlighted on a football field.

Rookie Road Football Yard Lines Image

The Line Of Scrimmage

The line of scrimmage is a special yard line that shows the location of the ball on the field. The line of scrimmage passes through the most forward point of the ball.

Rookie Road Football Line of Scrimmage Image

PRO TIP: You can see the line of scrimmage as a blue line on TV.

The line of scrimmage is used to mark the location of ball at the end of every scrimmage down. A group of referees known known as the chain crew will set the new line of scrimmage after every play. We'll learn more about scrimmage downs in future chapters.

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