Football Illegal Kick/Kicking Loose Ball
What is an Illegal Kick/Kicking Loose Ball Penalty in Football?
An illegal kick/kicking loose ball is a penalty in Football that is called on a team when a player kicks the ball when it is loose or a player kicks the ball when they are not allowed to make contact with the ball. Players may attempt to regain possession of the football by kicking the ball towards a teammate during a fumble scramble, but this is illegal the same way as an illegal bat. If contact with the football below the knee and it's unsure if the contact was intentional or not, the contact is ruled unintentional in favor of the player. This penalty results in a 5 yard loss for the offending team.