Football Yardage

Chapter 5.4

Have you ever heard the words gain, loss, or no gain? Get ready to learn what these phrases mean in football.

Introduction

We've already learned about the line of scrimmage and the 1st down line. Below is a picture showing both on a football field.

Rookie Road Football 1st Down Line and Line of Scrimmage Image

Yardage

During a football game, the ball is always moving. As a result, so is the line of scrimmage.

Chain Crew

At the end of every scrimmage down, a group of referees who stand on the sidelines known as the chain crew will mark the locations of the line of scrimmage and the 1st down line.

Gain

If a team moves the ball closer to the 1st down line, they are said to have gained yardage on the play. For short, this is called a gain of yards.

Loss

If a team moves the ball further away from the 1st down line, they are said to have lost yardage on the play. For short, this is called a loss of yards.

No Gain

If a team moves neither moves further away from nor closer to the 1st down line, they are said to have not gained yardage on the play. For short, this is called a no gain.

As a football fan, you should know all three of these phrases and what they mean.

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