Football Scoring

How does scoring points work in football? What is a football touchdown? What is a football safety? What is a football field goal? Get ready to learn about football scoring.

Scoring In Football

There are lots of ways to score points in football. Scoring in football can happen with:

Football Scoring

End Zones

All scoring happens in the end zones and each team gets one to defend.

Football End Zone

Touchdowns

A touchdown is worth six points. A team must carry or catch the ball in the opposing team's end zone while staying inbounds.

Football Touchdown

The Try

The try is an untimed down to score additional points only after a touchdown is scored.

REMEMBER: No on calls the extra point or two point conversion the try. They call it the extra point or two point conversion!

Extra Points

On the extra point a kicker kicks the ball in the opposing team's goal post. Extra points are worth one additional point.

Football Extra Points

Two Point Conversions

On the conversion a team must carry or catch the ball in the opposing team's end zone while staying inbounds. Conversions are like touchdowns but they only happen after touchdowns are scored. Conversions are worth two additional points.

Football Two Point Conversion

Field Goals

Field goals happen when a kicker, a player on the special teams, kicks the ball through the goal post in the opposing team's end zone. Field goals are worth three points.

Football Field Goal

A Safety

Safeties happen when the offense makes a mistake in their own end zone with the ball. A safety is worth two points for the opposing team.

Football Safety

REMEMBER: Safeties are the only way the team on defense can score points without having the ball.

Scoring Terms

Here are some glossary terms related to football scoring:

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