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Football Defensive Too Many Men On Field

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What is a Defensive Too Many Men on Field Penalty in Football?

Defensive too many men on the field is a penalty in Football that is called on the defensive team when there are more than the allotted number of players on the field at one time. The maximum amount of players allowed on the field in American football is 11 and 12 in Canadian football. Unlike in offensive too many men on the field, the defensive team often does not huddle up, so there can be more than the allowed number of men on the field at one time, so long as they are off the field before the snap. If there are too many men on the field during or after the snap, the penalty will be assessed. If the defensive team does huddle with too many men, the penalty will be called, similar to offensive too many men on the field. Defensive too many men on the field results in a 5 yard loss against the defensive team.


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