A List Of Penalties In Football
Football is arguably the most popular sport in America. Full of action, determination, and drama, everyone knows at least a little bit about the sport. The rules of the game are relatively easy, but it is important to understand what common penalties affect the outcomes of the games. Here are 5 of the most common penalties, along with the corresponding yards, explained in simple terms.
1. Off-sides: When a defender or offensive player lines up ahead of the ball – 5 yards
2. False Start: When an offensive player moves ahead to block or begin the play before the ball is snapped – 5 yards.
3. Encroachment: When a defensive player moves to begin a play. This penalty depends on the level of football (college, NFL, etc.). Example: In the NFL you must touch someone before the referees throw the penalty.
4. Holding: When an offensive player holds a defender by his jersey and prevents him from moving away from a block. This penalty can also be a defensive penalty when a defender blatantly holds up a receiver and prevents him from making an attempt at the football. Both are 10 yards.
5. Pass Interference: This penalty occurs when a defender prevents a receiver from making an attempt on the ball – 15 yards.
Now that you know what the penalties are, and how they affect a team’s ability to get into the end zone, you’re ready to watch football and truly understand what’s happening and why teams get penalized in the first place.