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.