Football Turnover

What is a turnover in football? How does a team switch control of the ball? By changing possession, teams switch from offense to defense and vice versa. Get ready to learn about football turnovers.

Football Turnover

A turnover in football is when teams switch possession of the ball. Turnovers in football are:

Football Turnover

REMEMBER: You can think of a turnover as turn the ball over to the other team. Whenever a turnover happens the other team gets the ball.

Football Scrimmage Line

The scrimmage line shows the spot of the ball on the football field. When a turnover happens, a new scrimmage line and first down line will be marked on the field by the chain crew where the ball was declared dead.

Football Offense

When a team gets the ball they are on offense.

Football Offense

Fumble

A fumble happens when the ball carrier drops the ball and it's recovered by a player on the opposing team. When the ball carrier drops the ball it becomes a loose ball and can be recovered by any player.

Strip The Ball

When a defensive player strips the ball from the ball carrier, he forces a fumble. Stripping the ball requires a defensive player to use his hands to hit the ball out of the ball carrier's grip.

Stiff Arm

The ball carrier should protect the ball from being stripped by tucking it deep in the armpit of the dominant arm. The ball carrier should use his less dominant arm as his stiff arm to block any attempts made to strip the ball.

Interception

An interception happens when a defensive player catches a pass. Interceptions require the player to:

  • stay inbounds
  • not let the ball touch the ground
  • maintain control of the ball

Turnover on Downs

A turnover on downs in football happens when the offense does not reach the first down line in four downs.

Football Turnover on Downs

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