Football: Special Teams

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The Role of Special Teams in a Football Game

The players in American football who put their foot to the ball are known as specialists, and they’re part of special teams. Although the kickers (including placekickers, punters, and field goal kickers [more…]

The Start of a Football Game: The Kickoff

For American football fans, the opening kickoff is an exhilarating start to any game. They see the two-sided thrill of one team attempting to block the other, helping its returner run through, over, and [more…]

The Kickoff Rules of a Football Game

Like virtually everything else in football, kickoffs are strictly governed by a set of rules. In the kickoff, one team attempts to block the other and the kicking team wants to stop the returner inside [more…]

How a Team Returns the Kickoff in a Football Game

The ultimate purpose of a kickoff return in football is to score or advance the ball as close to midfield (or beyond it) as possible. A football team’s ability to start out on offense in better-than-average [more…]

Football Special Teams: Field Goals and PATs

In football, most special teams involve the placekicker or field goal kicker. But other members of a football team participate in field goal and extra point attempts. Read on to see what makes a kick count [more…]

Football Special Teams: How to Block Field Goals and PATs

Blocking either a PAT or a field goal attempt in a football game can change the momentum of that game and eventually decide its outcome. To block kicks, defensive players must be dedicated, athletic, and [more…]

Football Special Teams: Players on a Punt Team

The punter isn’t the only important player during a punt play in an American football game — although it may seem like it sometimes, especially on a bad punt. Here are some of the other key performers: [more…]

Football Special Teams: How to Return a Punt

Punt returning in American football isn’t always as exciting as returning a kickoff because the distance between the team punting and the punt returner isn’t as great. Returning a punt for positive yards [more…]

The Punt Rules of a Football Game

Punting in American football, which is when a team kicks the ball to relinquish possession to the other team, occurs when a team’s offense is struggling. Like with everything else in football, punting [more…]

Who's Who on American Football Special Teams

The players who put their foot to the ball are the placekickers, punters, and field goal kickers. They're all also known as specialists. On some teams, the punter handles kickoff duties, and the placekicker [more…]

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