As a rare penalty, assisting the runner may be confusing to some beginners. What is it, when is it called, and why is it important to understand this penalty?
The rules during a kick can be complicated for beginners. What is a penalty for blocking a kicking team player out of bounds, and when is it called?
The chop block penalty in football happens when two defensive players tackle the same player above and below the thigh.
Clipping is one of the most dangerous penalties in football. It is called when a player blocks another player from behind at or below the waist.
This is an overview of the defenseless player penalty across an array of football leagues which ensures player safety. Read to learn all about it!
Defensive delay of game is when a defensive player obstructs a player or the ball from returning to the line of scrimmage on time. It is a 5 yard penalty.
Defensive holding is one of several penalties that can be called when a defender illegally obstructs an offensive player's movement.
The defensive offside penalty occurs when any part of a player’s body is on the other side of the line of scrimmage as the ball is snapped.
Defensive pass interference is a penalty committed by a defensive player while the offense is trying to complete a pass.
A detailed overview of the delay of game penalty in football with photos, helpful links, examples, definitions and results.
A delay of kickoff penalty is called when a team doesn't kick the ball before the 40 second play clock runs out. This is meant to keep up the pace of the game.
A disconcerting act or signal penalty is rarely called during a football game. However, this tricky penalty is an offense in the NFL rulebook.
A disqualification penalty is a confusing one. This penalty is one caused by a player behaving inappropriately and being ejected from the game.
This piece looks at the double foul penalty in football, which occurs when both teams commit a foul on the same play.
An encroachment penalty occurs when a player crosses the line of scrimmage and makes contact with another player before the snap occurs.
Equipment violations happen all of the time in football, but what exactly is the penalty? Find out by reading here.
An excess timeout penalty is called inside of two minutes of the half for injured players. It can be a runoff or a short-yardage penalty. Learn more here!
Excessive celebration penalties have quite a bit of controversy surrounding them. The penalty keeps players from dangerous celebrations. Read more here!
What is a facemask penalty in football? What is the punishment for pulling on a player's mask during a game? Learn all about this penalty here.
A fair catch interference penalty can be dangerous. It is in place to minimize injuries. It costs the kicking team 15 yards.
What is a false start penalty in football? What are the consequences for a team that false starts? Find out all about this penalty here!
Forcibly contacting a player out of bounds is a dangerous play in football. The penalty was put in place to encourage player safety. Learn more about it here!
Goaltending is when a player attempts to block a kick by jumping and swatting the ball away when it reaches the goalposts. Read more about it here!
Football horse collar penalties are dangerous and illegal, but are common in the sport. Learn more about them here!
An illegal bat gives a team an unfair advantage in football. It occurs most often when a fumble happens during a play.
The blindside block was eliminated to keep players safe. It often includes helmet to helmet contact.
An illegal block above the waist penalty in football results in a 10 yard penalty. Learn more about this penalty.
This article offers the definition and additional information for the penalty known as a Football Illegal Block after Fair Catch Signal. Learn more now!
Illegal blocks below the waist are harmful. They can be performed by both teams and usually occurs on free kicks. Read more here!
An illegal block in the back happens when a player hits another player who doesn't have the ball above the waist from behind. This is a dangerous play.
Illegal contact occurs when a defensive player holds onto an offensive player to prevent them from moving downfield after the snap.
An illegal crackback block occurs when a player tackles an unprepared defender below the waist dangerously. This penalty called to protect players.
Cut blocks can be an effective way to block but must be done correctly. Learn what makes them illegal here.
Illegal Double-Team Blocking is one of the newest NFL penalties. Learn more about how it works and what the penalty is by reading this piece!
There are certain regulations to the formations used in American Football, learn about the illegal formation penalty here.
What is an illegal forward handoff in football? The ball can not be advanced forward once it is beyond the LOS or a forward pass has already been thrown.
A forward pass makes up about half of all plays in an NFL game. However, there are limits to a legal forward pass. What is an illegal forward pass penalty?
An illegal kick of a loose ball gives a team a competitive advantage. This penalty occurs most often during fumbles and punting plays.
Illegal motion is a penalty in football called against offensive players who are in motion towards the line of scrimmage when the ball is snapped.
Blindside blocks in football are important to understand and enforce. What is an illegal peel back block penalty, and when is it given?
Brief explanation of what a shift is and in-depth explanation of what an illegal shift is and when an illegal shift penalty can be called in football.
Here is a definition (with examples) of the Illegal Snap penalty for football. It includes examples and results for the various levels of play. Get learning!
Football illegal substitution penalty. The penalty's definition, result, referee signal, and comparison across different league.
An illegal touch of a forward pass is committed by a wide receiver or offensive lineman. It results in a 5 yard penalty most often.
An illegal touching of a kick in football is when a member of the kicking team touches the ball before it is live.
Ilegal use of hands affects the head and neck area. This penalty is dangerous and can hurt players. Both offenses and defenses can commit this foul.
An illegal wedge penalty is called when multiple players move together to form a block. This play can be dangerous and the penalty called to protect players.
An incomplete pass penalty was used in the old days of football. It is similar to the regular incomplete pass but was used to discourage passing.
The rules for punting can be confusing for beginners. What is the ineligible downfield kick penalty and what are restraining lines?
Ineligible Downfield Pass Penalty - what it is, why it's called, and the result of it (on all football levels).
Passing is an important part of American Football. Learn about the ineligible receiver downfield penalty here.
Intentional grounding is when a football quarterbacks throws away the ball to avoid losing yards when getting sacked. This is an illegal penalty.
An invalid fair catch signal penalty is called when a player fails to make a proper fair catch signal on a kickoff or punt.
What is kick catch interference in football? What is the penalty for this interferences? Find out all about this football penalty here.
The kickoff out of bounds penalty occurs when a kickoff goes out of bounds. Teams can opt to play the ball where it went out of bounds or at the 35 yard line.
A football leaping penalty is called if a player attempts to jump over another in an attempt to block the ball. This is unsafe and is called to protect players.
A football leg whip is an illegal play that results in a penalty call by the referee. The penalty is called when a player uses their leg to trip another player.
Leverage Penalties in football are called when a defensive player leaps off or stands on another player to block a field goal or punt.
This piece described the low block penalty in North American football. Features an introduction, definition, ruling, signal image, examples, and helpful links.
A neutral zone infraction is a penalty many people don't know. Similar to offside and encroachment, a neutral zone infraction is its own special penalty.
Offensive holding is a penalty in football in which an offensive player fails to use proper open hand blocking technique and illegally holds a defensive player.
Offensive offsides is a penalty within the sport of football and is more commonly referred to as a false start.
Offensive pass interference is a penalty in American football. It costs the offensive team 10 yards.
An offsides on a free kick penalty does not happen too often in football. The punishment of this foul is not extreme.
Offside in football occurs when a player crosses the line of scrimmage before the ball is snapped. This results in a 5-10 yard penalty depending on who moved.
What is the Palpably Unfair Act Penalty in football? Has this penalty ever been called in an NFL game? What are some examples of this penalty?
Pass interference occurs when a player prevents another player from catching the ball. It is a common penalty at all levels of football.
What are the penalties and fouls in football? Here is a complete list of penalties across all of the leagues and what they result in during a game.
A personal foul in football is when a player commits an unnecessarily violent or unsportsmanlike act that results in a 15 yard penalty
When a kickoff play goes out of bounds in the sport of football, a penalty will be awarded. This is to keep the playing field fair for the receiving team.
Removing the helmet in football in order to celebrate will result in a penalty. Find out more about the violation here.
Roughing the holder is a penalty called when a defensive player contacts the kick holder during a play. This penalty exists to keep the holder safe.
Roughing the kicker is a penalty called in football when a player makes contact with the kicker or punter after they have kicked the ball.
What is the roughing the passer penalty, how can you avoid it in the game, what is the rule's intent?
Running into the kicker is an often confused penalty, one that is very rarely called. It is a very important penalty, however, to protect a vulnerable player.
A sideline infraction occurs in football when a coach or player leaves the restricted area and interferes with the officials or play. Learn more now!
Football is a contact sport, but not all contact is legal. What is the penalty for striking, kicking, or kneeing an opponent?
Taunting is called when one player performs an act that will provoke the other team in an unnecessary fashion.
Too many men on the field is a penalty within the sport of football. The penalty is enforced when one team has more than eleven players on the field.
A tripping penalty in football is very dangerous. It can cost both the offense and defense 10 yards.
Sometimes officials get caught in a play by accident, but physical contact with an official is forbidden. What is this penalty and when is it given?
Unnecessary roughness is a penalty called in football when a player comes into contact with another in a way that is deemed uncalled for and unsafe.
An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in football occurs when a player or coach commits a prohibited act. Find out what counts as unsportsmanlike here!
A use of helmet penalty in football occurs when a player uses their helmet during a play to contact another player. This is dangerous for both players.
What is a penalty in football? A penalty will be called if a player performs an illegal action on the field. Get ready to learn all about football penalties.