To score touchdown, a player must:
- Stay inbounds
- Break the plane of the goal line
- Bring the ball into the end zone
- Catch the ball in the end zone
A player must remain inbounds when catching a pass. A successful catch is called a completion. In the NFL, both feet must be inbounds when catching a pass. In college football, only one foot must be inbounds for a completion.
Break The Plane
Football Instant Replay
Sometimes a touchdown is too close to call. Instant replay may be used to see if the ball went through the goal line.
After a touchdown is scored, teams can earn one or two additional points. This is called the PAT or try.
REMEMBER: No one calls it a try in football. This term is only used in the rulebook. Everyone calls the try the extra point or the two point conversion.