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Football Penalty

What is a penalty in football? A penalty will be called if a player performs an illegal action on the field. Get ready to learn all about football penalties.

Football Penalty

A penalty is called on any player or coach that breaks the rules of football as defined in the rulebook of the game. Penalties come with consequences like:

Football Penalties

Flags

A yellow flag is thrown onto the field by an official whenever a rule is broken.

Loss Of Yards

A penalty in football may result in a loss of yards for either team based which team got the penalty. There are:

  • 5-yard penalties
  • 10-yard penalties
  • 15-yard penalties

Automatic First Down

A penalty in football may result in an automatic first down for either team based which team got the penalty. Automatic first downs give a team a first down and new set of four downs.

Football 1st Down

Loss Of A Down

A penalty in football may result in an automatic loss of a down for the team with the ball. If a penalty is called on 3rd down it will become 4th down.

Replaying The Previous Down

A penalty may result in a replay of the previous down. If a penalty happens on 3rd down, that same down would be replayed.

Combinations

A penalty in football may result in a combination of consequences such as a loss of yards and an automatic first down.

Spot Of The Foul

On serious penalties in football, a team may get possession of the ball at the spot of the foul on the field.

Football Common Penalties

There are lots of penalties in football:

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