Being on offense in football means your team has the ball. A football team needs to have the ball to score points.
Line of Scrimmage
The line of scrimmage shows the spot of the ball on the football field. The line of scrimmage moves with the ball. When a team is on offense the line of scrimmage shows where they are on the field.
1st Down Line
The first down line shows the distance the team on offense needs to go to get a first down.
When a team is on offense they have four downs to move the ball on the field. Each down begins with a snap and ends when the ball is declared dead by officials.
We'll learn more about the line of scrimmage, first down line, and downs coming up next.
Here are some glossary terms related to being on offense in football: