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Football Yards

What is a gain of yards in football? What is a loss of yards? What is a no gain? Get ready to learn about football yards and how teams gain and lose yards in a football game.

Football Yards

In football, the ball is always moving on the field. The offense is trying to bring the ball closer to the opposing team's end zone to score points. The movement of the ball can be described in yards.

Football Yards

Teams can gain yards, lose yards, or not gain any yards on a down. You'll hear announcers describe plays as a gain, loss, or no gain.

Football Gain

When the offense moves the ball closer to the first down line and the opposing team's end zone they gain yards. This is a called a gain.

Football Gain

Football Loss of Yards

When the offense moves the ball further away from the first down line and the opposing team's end zone they lose yards. This is a called a loss of yards.

Football Loss of Yards

Football No Gain

When the offense neither moves the ball closer nor further away from the first down line and the opposing team's end zone they do not gain yards. This is a called a no gain.

Football No Gain

Football Chain Crew

The chain crew is a group of referees responsible for marking the line of scrimmage and distance to the first down line after every down. They are called the chain crew because they carry a massive to chain to measure the exact location of the ball on the field.

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