Football Field White Numbers

Chapter 1.5

We've already learned about the yard lines. The white numbers on the field give each yard line a name and help fans and players see the field.

White Numbers

Take a look at the football field. Do you see the white numbers? We've highlighted all of them below.

Rookie Road Football Football Field Image

The white numbers serve two main purposes:

  • to help fans and players visualize the field
  • to quickly name any yard line

Every yard line has a name, like the 50-yd line, located at the middle of the field dividing it equally in two. Notice that these numbers count from 50 towards 1 in both directions. There is no such thing as the 51-yd line or the 99-yd line. Instead, there are duplicates of every yard line and only one 50-yd line.

Small Directional Arrows

So why do the numbers count from 50? Well, do you see those small directional arrows next to each number? they are pointed in opposite directions showing the distance to the closest goal line.

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