Football Scrimmage Downs

Chapter 5.5

What is a scrimmage down? How do they work? Get ready to learn all about scrimmage downs in football.


We've already learned about the line of scrimmage and the 1st down line.

Scrimmage Downs

A scrimmage down is just a fancy word for a play starting at the line of scrimmage.

Rookie Road Football Scrimmage Downs Image

REMEMBER: scrimmage downs are often called downs for short.

When a team first gets possession of the ball, they are given a set of four (4) scrimmage down to move the ball on the football field. These scrimmage downs are called:

We'll learn more about how scrimmage downs work when we discuss the down cycle and the live vs. dead ball next.

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