Returns happen only on kickoffs and punts in football. The returner, a player on the special teams, performs the return.
The kicking team is the team that has the ball and is performing the kickoff or punt.
The receiving team is the team that catches the ball kicked by the kicking team and performs the return. The returner is a member of the receiving team. Returners can be highly specialized as punt returners or kickoff returners.
Here are some glossary terms related to returning in football: