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Football Live Ball

What is a live ball? When does the play begin in football? When does the play end in football? Get ready to learn about football live balls.

Football Live Ball

The ball is live when the down begins.

Football Live Ball

Line of Scrimmage

Players from both teams line up on the scrimmage line.

Football Line of Scrimmage

Football Snap

Before the play clock goes to 0:00, the offense must snap the ball to begin the down. A snap is a backward pass throw the legs from the center to the quarterback (both are players on the offense). Scrimmage downs always begin with a snap, also known as a hike.

Football Snap

The ball is live when the snap is made.

Football Dead Ball

A dead ball in football is when the down officially ends. Scrimmage downs end for the following reasons:

Football Dead Ball

Football Chain Crew

At the end of every down a group of referees called the chain crew mark the scrimmage line, first down line, and the distance between the two lines on the field.

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