Football Leg Whip Penalty

Football Leg Whip Penalty

Over the years, football leagues have added certain penalties to the rule books to protect their players from serious injuries. The football leg whip is a move which can seriously injure the opposing player by straining their knees and putting their legs into an unnatural position, which can effectively injure the player and negatively impact their careers.


Definition

The leg whip penalty is an illegal move in football which consists of a player using their leg or foot to swipe into the opposing player's path and trip them. It is a dangerous move and constitutes unsportsmanlike behavior. If the penalized player is deemed to have intent to injure a player, they can be ejected from the game.

Result

PenaltyNFLNCAAHigh SchoolCFLAFL
Leg Whip10-yards, automatic down if committed by the defenseEjection of player who committed penalty, 15-yard penalty15-yard illegal contact penalty 10-yard penalty, player subject to disqualificationn/a

Penalty Signal

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When a referee calls a penalty for tripping, they will put one foot behind the other foot's ankle with their hands at their sides to indicate a tripping motion. If the leg whip is deemed to be unsportsmanlike, the referee may call a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. This signal is done by extending the arms horizontally on each side at 90 degrees with the feet planted.

Examples

  • Intentionally tripping a player by swiping one's leg horizontally.
  • Extension of one's leg while on the ground to trip a running player in your path.
  • Sliding on the playing field with your leg extended to make contact with the leg of an opposing team's player.