Football Field Position
Field position describes where the ball is on a football field in relation to a team's end zone. A team is in good field position when they are close to the other team's end zone and in bad field position when they are close to their own end zone. A football field can be divided into three zones:
IMPORTANT: field position is always relative to a team. The red zone and green zone switch sides of the field based on which team you are referring to.
Football Red Zone
Football Green Zone
Football Midfield Territory
Good Field Position
- A team has a HIGH chance of scoring points
- The opposing team has a LOW chance of scoring points
Football Field Goal
REMEMBER: When a team is in good field position, this also implies they are within field goal range.
Bad Field Position
- A team has a LOW chance of scoring points
- The opposing team has a HIGH chance of scoring points
Punts have a huge implication on field position. To prevent a turnover on downs, a team should go for a punt on 4th down whenever they are in bad field position. A good punter can punt the ball far into enemy territory; the other team will start the next drive with bad field position.
The goal of a punter is to try and pin the opposing team inside their own 20 yard line. This is done by kicking the ball as close to the end zone as possible without it bouncing over the goal line. If a punter is successful, he or she will put the other team in bad field position.
If a punter punts the ball poorly, the opposing team will end up with good field position for the next drive. For example, if a team punts from their own 20 yard line and the punt only goes 30 yards, the opposing team will start their drive from the 50 yard line. This is a very good field position, meaning they have a high chance of scoring.