We've already learned about punts and kickoffs in past chapters. These are the only kicks in football that have returns.
The Kicking Team & Receiving Team
Whenever a punt or kickoff is made in football, the team that kicks the ball is called the kicking team. The team that catches the ball is called the receiving team.
The goal of the return is to determine the starting placement of the ball for the new possession.
A player on the receiving team called the returner catches the ball and then run with it on the field towards the opposing team's end zone.
We'll learn more about the returner when we discuss the player positions on the special teams in future chapters.