Football Illegal Touch-Pass

What is an Illegal Touch-Pass Penalty in Football?

An illegal touch-pass, usually called Illegal Touching, is a penalty in football that is called on a team when the ball is touched illegally after a forward pass. Only eligible receivers can touch a forward pass before any other member of the offense may touch the ball. This penalty results in a 5-yard penalty for the offense. The only exception to the penalty is if the ball unintentionally hits an offensive linemen, then the penalty is waived off and the play is called an incomplete pass.