Football Touchbacks

Chapter 7.3

What is a touchback? It is a choice that a returner has and can signal during a return. Sometimes it happens automatically. Get ready to learn the rules of touchbacks and what they mean in football.


We've already learned about the returner, a player in the special teams unit responsible for catching the ball from a kick and running it on the field toward the opposing team's end zone.


A touchback is a signal that the returner can make just before catching the ball. To signal a touchback, the returner will drop to the ground on one knee. He must be in his own end zone to signal a touchback.

Touchbacks can also happen without a signal from the returner.

Spot Of The Ball

On touchbacks, the receiving team will start with the ball on the 20-yard line.

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