The Special Teams
The special teams unit, or the special teams for short, is called onto the field when a team performs a kick or return in football. Usually, when one team's special teams is called onto the field, the other team will bring their special teams on as well.
Goals Of The Special Teams
Think of the special teams as a highly adaptable unit of players whose main job is two-fold:
- to maintain good field position
- to score points
Special Teams Units
- Field goals
- Extra kicks
- Kickoff returns and punt returns
- Blocking field goal and extra point attempts
What We'll Be Learning
First, we'll learn about the basics of the special teams and what their job is on the field during a football game. Next, we'll learn about field position. Finally, we'll learn about the player positions of the special teams and go through each one step by step.
At any point, you can go to our football glossary and look up any of the terms discussed in these chapters. Here are all the terms we will be covering related to the special teams:
- Field Goal Kicker
- Kickoff returner
- Punt returner
- Long Snapper
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