Football Special Teams

Chapter 10

In this chapter, we'll continue our discussion of a football team's special teams unit. We'll learn about the positions and strategies that are associated with the special teams in football.

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.

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Goals Of The Special Teams

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

  1. to maintain good field position
  2. to score points

Without a good special teams, a football team will struggle to earn points through kicking opportunities or change possession of the ball with the other team.

Special Teams Units

There are many ways to structure a special teams unit, but every special teams will have players responsible for:

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.

Glossary Terms

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:

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