Football Delay of Game

What is a Delay of Game Penalty in Football?

A delay of game is a penalty in football that is called on the offensive team when a play is not started after a set amount of time has passed, usually when the play clock expires. A delay of game penalty results in a five-yard loss.

Delay of Game Strategies

The delay of game penalty can be used strategically, such as when a punter is in an odd position of the field for a punt. The offensive team can allow a delay of game to occur to give the punter more room to kick. However, most teams tend to avoid the delay of game penalty by calling a timeout before the play clock expires.

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