Football Glossary Of Terms And Definitions
Understanding the terminology in football can be confusing. There is a lot of lingo, and all of the information builds on top of the basics. We've compiled a list of basic football terms you should know in a variety of situations.
Terms For NFL Games
If you're watching an NFL game, you'll want to familiarize yourself with the following terminology:
Extra Point: Additional point earned by a successful kick following a touchdown by the offense.
Interception: A type of turnover that occurs when a defensive player catches a ball thrown by the offense.
NFL Franchise Team: One of the 32 teams in the National Football League.
Return: A return is when a player catches a punt or kickoff and runs with it towards the opposing team's end zone.
Offense: The team with the ball that is trying to score a touchdown.
Snap: A snap is when the center hikes the ball back to the quarterback at the start of play.
Special Teams: One of three units of players that perform all kicks and returns in football.
Touchdown: A touchdown is worth six points and happens when the offense brings the ball into the opposing team's end zone.
Two-point Conversion: When a team successfully carries the ball over the goal line and thus scores two points in the extra points play right after a touchdown.
Here is some lingo that you should know if you're going to watch a football game:
Drive: A term that describes what the offense does when they have the ball in their possession before the turnover or score.
Encroachment: When a member of the defensive team makes contact with the offense before the ball is snapped.
First and Ten: The offense has gained a new set of downs; first down and ten yards to the first down marker.
Gain of Yards: When the offense earns more yards on the play and moves closer to the opposing team's end zone.
Kick is Good: When a field goal or extra attempt is made by a kicker, the referee's will hold their hands in the air.
Loss of Yards: When the offense loses yards on the play.
No Gain: When the offense neither gains nor loses yards on the play and the blue line stays right where it is on the field.
QB Sneak: When the quarterback takes the ball and runs with it himself on the field.
Here are some terms about strategy and techniques used by coaches in all football levels:
Blitz: A strategy where defensive players run towards the quarterback in hopes of getting a sack and loss of yards.
Zone Defense: A type of defensive alignment where defensive players are positioned on areas of the field.
What are the most important terms for watching your first football game?
The most important terms for watching your first football game are offense, defense, touchdown, and field goal. On every play, each team will play either offense (in which they try to score) or defense (in which they try to stop the other team from scoring). The two main ways to score points is to get a touchdown (by getting the ball over the other team’s goal line) or by kicking a field goal.
What is rushing in football?
Rushing in football is when the offensive team advances the ball using running plays. Rushing yards is a statistic used to measure how many yards a player or team has run with the ball on running plays. Passing is the other way to advance the ball in football, and passing yards is a measure of how many yards a team or player has gained from passes.
What are special teams in football?
Special teams in football are the players that participate in kickoffs, field goals, extra points, and punts. They typically are players whose primary positions are on offense or defense, but also fill a role on special teams plays. Specialist positions include kicker, kick returner, long snapper, holder, and punter.