Football Ineligible Downfield Kick

What is an Ineligible Downfield Kick Penalty in Football?

An ineligible downfield kick, or sometimes called ineligible player downfield, is a penalty in football that is called on a team when a player other than the two players at the end of the line of scrimmage cross the line of scrimmage prior to the kick/punt. This is a 5-yard penalty for the kicking team.

Restraining Lines

When the ball is snapped during a punt, only the two players at either end of the line of scrimmage, called gunners, may go past the line before the ball is kicked. All other players must wait for the ball to be in the air to cross the line of scrimmage.


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