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Football Offensive Holding

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What is an Offensive Holding Penalty in Football?

Offensive holding is a penalty in football that is called on the offensive team when an offensive player holds a defensive player illegally. Holding occurs when a player grabs an opposing player by the jersey of the uniform to prevent them from moving a certain direction rather than performing the legal push-block. Incurring this penalty is a 10 yard loss for the offense.

Offensive holding most often occurs on the offensive line when defenders begin to get-by the offensive blockers. The offensive blocker then holds onto the defender, trying to prevent a sack. Many times, holding is missed by the officials.

Holding also occurs between receivers and defensive backs, especially if the defensive back has a good angle on defending, and possibly intercepting the ball.

See Also

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