Football Field Numbers
Take a look at the football field. Do you see the white numbers? We've highlighted all of them below.
The field numbers are used to:
- to help fans and players visualize the field
- to quickly name any yard line
Yard Line Names
Every yard line has a name, like the 50 yard line, located at the middle of the field dividing it equally in two.
Notice that these numbers count from fifty towards one in both directions. There is no such thing as the 51-yard line or the 99-yard line. Instead, there are duplicates of every yard line and only one 50 yard line.
Football Field Arrows
So why do the numbers count from fifty? 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.