the imaginary line separating the teams at the beginning of a play
Line of scrimmage
a six-point score made by carrying or passing the ball into the end zone of the opposing side, or by recovering it there following a fumble or blocked kick
Touchdown
a chance for a team to advance the ball, ending when the ball carrier is tackled or the ball becomes out of play. A team must advance at least ten yards in a series of four downs in order to keep possession
Down
a field for football, marked with regularly spaced parallel lines
Gridiron
one of a series of marks made along parallel lines that delineate the middle of the field, used to spot the ball after a play ends outside these lines
Hash Mark
a goal scored by a placekick, scoring three points
Field Goal
a change in the offensive play called by the quarterback at the line of scrimmage
Audible
an exchange made by handing the ball to a teammate
Handoff
a rapid advance by a defensive player or players, especially toward the quarterback
Rush
a football
Pigskin
a player positioned behind the center who directs a team's offensive play
Quarterback
an offensive player, typically a halfback, who specializes in carrying the ball
Running back
an offensive player who is positioned at a distance from the end and is used primarily as a pass receiver
Wide Receiver
a defensive player normally positioned behind the line of scrimmage, but in front of the safeties
Linebacker
a defensive back who normally is positioned well behind the line of scrimmage
Safety
a player normally positioned on the line of scrimmage
Lineman
a defensive back positioned to the outside of the linebackers
Cornerback
an offensive end who lines up close to the tackle
Tight End
an act of tackling a quarterback behind the line of scrimmage before he can throw a pass
Sack
a protective mask covering the nose and mouth or nose and eyes
Face Mask
an act of seizing and stopping a player in possession of the ball by knocking them to the ground
Tackle
the rectangular area at each end of the field into which the ball must be carried or passed and caught to score a touchdown
End Zone
a ball one downs deliberately behind one's own goal line or that is kicked through one's end zone. It is taken to the 25-yard line to resume play
Touchback
a forward pass to a player protected by a screen of blockers
Screen Pass
an offensive player in the backfield
Fullback
an offensive back usually positioned behind the quarterback and to the side of the fullback
Halfback
a quick backward movement of the ball from the ground that begins a play
Snap
a very long, typically unsuccessful pass made in a desperate attempt to score late in the game
Hail Mary
a player who punts
Punter
either of the two upright posts of a goal
Goal post
an official who watches a game or match closely to ensure that the rules are adhered to and to arbitrate on matters arising from the play
Referee
the time at which half of a game or contest is completed, especially when marked by an intermission
Halftime
the National Football League championship game, played annually between the champions of the National and the American Football Conferences
Super Bowl
National Football League
NFL
a person or thing that is supposed to bring good luck or that is used to symbolize a particular event or organization
Mascot
tackle or fend off (a person) by extending an arm rigidly
Stiff Arm
a form of team game played in North America with an oval ball on a field marked as a gridiron
Football
a disadvantage or handicap imposed on a player or team, typically for infringement of rules
Penalty
an intentionally short kick-off that travels forward only slightly further than the legally required distance of 10 yards, and which the kicking team attempts to recover
Onside Kick
a play in which one or more defensive backs charge the quarterback of the opposing team
Blitz
a kick made after the ball is first placed on the ground
Place Kick
either of the two lines bounding the longer sides of a football field
Sideline
the manner in which a defender or a defensive team cover a player, an area, or a play
Coverage
a timing device that is used to indicate how many seconds remain for the offensive team to start a play before being penalized for delaying the game
Play Clock
the players in a team who defend the goal
Defense
a squad that is used for kick-offs, punts, and other special plays
Special Team
the attacking team or players
Offense
a defensive lineman positioned opposite the offensive center
Nose Tackle
an official who watches a game or match closely to ensure that the rules are adhered to and to arbitrate on matters arising from the play
Referee
(of a lineman) withdraw from and cross behind the line of scrimmage to block opposing players and clear the way for a runner
Pull
a move in which a quarterback pretends to hand the ball to a running back but instead makes a pass
playaction pass
a pass thrown either sideways or back
Lateral
blow a whistle, especially as a signal
Whistle
make a sham move to mislead an opponent
Juke
a brief break in play
Timeout
an instructor or trainer in sport
coach
a person taking part in a sport or game
player
a person who has a strong interest in or admiration for a particular person or thing
Fan
each of four equal periods into which a game is divided
quarter
an act of catching a pass made by an opposing player
interception
to jump over a player while running with the ball
Hurdle
(of a quarterback) run with the ball behind the line of scrimmage, avoiding tackles
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