Football Special Teams Unit

Chapter 3.6

The special teams unit is called onto the field when a team needs to perform a kick or return. Get ready to learn about this group of special players.

Team Units

We've already learned that 11 players can be on the field per team during a scrimmage down. However, football is different from other sports in that it allows for unlimited substitutions whenever a play ends. As a result, layers are grouped into three main categories or units:

The Special Teams Unit

The special teams unit, or the special teams for short, is called onto the field for all types of kicks and returns.

Rookie Road Football Special Teams Image

Special Teams Unit Goals

Think of the special teams as a highly adaptable unit of players whose main job is two-fold:

  1. to give their team good field position
  2. to score points

Without a good special teams, a football team will struggle to earn points from kicking opportunities, change possession of the ball with the other team, and give their team strong field position.

Special Teams Player Positions

There are many ways to structure a special teams unit, but every special teams will have the same basic player positions:

We'll learn more about special teams player positions in future chapters.

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