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Football Team Roster

What is a team roster in football? How many players are on a football team? Get ready to learn about football team rosters.

Team Roster Size

On an NFL team there are 53 players on the team roster. Only 45 players dress on game day.

Football Team Roster

Football players are grouped into three main groups:

Field of Play

Only 11 players can be on the field of play during a scrimmage down. A penalty call Too Many Men on the Field will be called on a team that has more than 11 players on the field.


Football allows unlimited substitutions during a game. Teams can substitute all 11 players on the field for a new set of 11 players when the ball is dead.

Football Substitution

Coaches will bring their offense, defense, or special teams onto the field during different times in a football game.

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