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Football Illegal Touch Kick

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What is an Illegal Touch-Kick Penalty in Football?

An illegal touch-kick is a penalty in Football that is a variation of the illegal touching rule in which a player who is not legal to touch the ball, touches the ball. An illegal touch-kick penalty occurs on kickoffs, usually onside kicks, when a player on the kicking team makes contact with the football before the ball travels 10 yards. If the ball were to travel 10 yards, the player on the kicking team could recover the football, but prior to the ball reaching 10 yards is a penalty if contact is made. This penalty is a spot foul where the receiving team is given possession of the football at the spot the illegal player made contact with the football. This gives the receiving team very good field position for their next drive.


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