Football Offensive Too Many Men on Field

What is an Offensive Too Many Men on Field Penalty in Football?

Offensive too many men on the field is a penalty in Football that is called on the offensive team prior to the snap when there are more than the allowed number of players are on the field at the same time (11 players in American Football, 12 in Canadian Football). Too many men on the field can occur during the huddle, when the team is lining up, or right before the snap. Most of the time, too many men on the field occurs when a team improperly substitutes players and one is left over from the previous squad being substituted. Offensive too many men on the field results in a 5 yard penalty against the offense.


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