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Football In Bounds

What is football in bounds? Get ready to learn about in bounds in football.

Football In-Bounds

In-bounds in football is the area of a football field inside the boundary lines. A player is in-bounds if they are within the sidelines and end lines. If a player touches or crosses these boundary lines they are out of bounds. Keep reading to learn more!

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In-Bounds Catch

In the NFL, a catch is considered in-bounds when a player catches the ball within the end lines or sidelines, with both feet having touched the ground before they went out of bounds.

In NCAA College Football, a catch is considered in-bounds when a player catches the ball within the end lines or sidelines, with only one foot having touched the ground before they went out of bounds, to make the game slightly easier for players.

Stepping Out of Bounds

As soon as the player steps out of bounds with the ball, the play clock stops. Many teams use this to their advantage in the closing minutes of a game to recover a lead.

If a player has the ball and steps onto or over the sidelines or end lines, the player is considered out of bounds and the down is over. If a player steps out of bounds before they receive the ball, they cannot catch the ball and continue the play. The only way they can be considered in-bounds is if a defensive player forced them out of bounds, and they immediately made an effort to return to the field of play.

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