How Many Points is a Field Goal?

In football, a field goal is worth three points. A field goal is a play in which the offensive team attempts to kick the ball through the upright goal posts behind the end zone. The ball must be place-kicked or drop-kicked for the field goal to count. Football teams usually bring out a different lineup on field goal attempts that include the holder and the kicker. Field goals typically occur on fourth down and are a common way for a team to gain points when they cannot reach a 1st down.

When a field goal is attempted, the ball is snapped to the holder who holds the ball in place on the ground in order for the kicker to kick it. If the field goal attempt successfully goes through the goal posts, then the offense will be awarded 3 points. If the attempt misses, the ball will be whistled dead and the other team will gain possession at the spot of the kick. If the field goal attempt is blocked, it can be returned and the other team will gain possession.


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