Football Defensive Holding

What is a Defensive Holding Penalty in Football?

Defensive holding is a penalty in Football that is called on a defensive player who holds onto an opposing player by their uniform rather than only push blocking, preventing them from moving in a certain direction. Holding usually occurs when a player cannot keep up with the player they're trying to tackle or defend. Defensive holding specifically occurs when a defensive player prevents an offensive player from performing their task by holding, such as trying to move in a certain direction. A defensive holding penalty results in a 5 yard loss and an automatic 1st down against the offending team.


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