What is Out of Bounds in Football
Out of bounds in football is the area outside of the playing field, marked with white turf. The out of bounds area surrounds the playing field on the sidelines and the back of each endzone. If a player steps out of bounds while in possession of the football, they are called down and the ball is placed at the spot they stepped out of bounds for play to begin on the next down. If a receiver catches the ball and any part of their body lands out of bounds before landing in-bounds, the pass is incomplete. If a fumble falls out of bounds, the ball is given to the team that last had possession of the football. If a player runs out of bounds during a play, they must return in-bounds and take multiple steps to be considered an eligible player.