If you’re not incredibly familiar with the football world or have attended fewer than three high school games, then there are definitely some terms that you are going to find yourself completely unfamiliar with. The more involved fans will be throwing terms around left and right, and before you know it, you’re going to be completely lost! We’ve put together a list of five fun football terms that you’re going to need to know if you plan on surviving that playoff party, or a season under the same roof as a football fanatic.
This indicates a period where the ball is put into play. The ball is ruled dead when the play is completed, and the offense is granted four downs to advance the ball 10 yards. If the team fails to complete this action, they’re forced to hand control of the ball to the opposing team (defense). This is normally completed by punting on the fourth down.
This is a kick that is worth a single point, normally attempted following a touchdown. The ball is placed on the 2 or 3-yard line, depending on the league (2 for NFL, 3 for college/high school) and it is kicked from within the 10-yard line. In order for the point to be counted, the ball needs to pass between the uprights and it cannot touch the crossbar.
At each end of the field there is a 10-yard area, and passing over the line with a controlled ball grants a touchdown. If, however, the player is tackled in the end zone while in possession of a controlled ball, the opposing team is granted a safety.
In a snap, the ball is hiked by the center to the quarterback, then to the holder or punter. Once the snap is completed, the ball is in play, or ‘alive’. At this point, the offense will attempt to advance the ball the required four yards.
A touchdown is a method of scoring, and unlike the field goal kick, it is worth a full six points. To complete a touchdown, a player must be in possession of an active ball, and they must cross the opponent’s goal line. Alternatively, they have the option of catching the ball while standing in the opponent’s end zone. For reference, the end zone is a ten-yard space at each end of the field where the goal post is situated.
Now you have five cool terms that you can bring to the next Super Bowl party, or to the stadium! Just remember that there are plenty more, and there are always chances to expand your football knowledge with more terms.