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Encyclopedia > Safety (American football)

In American football and Canadian football, a safety refers to two positions in the traditional defensive backfield setup, the strong safety and the free safety. United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Canadian football is a form of football closely related to American football in which two teams of twelve players each compete for territorial control of a field of play 110 yards (100. ... Defensive back (DB) is a player in American football whose role is primarily pass coverage; that is, the defensive back will stay near a receiver and try to deflect or intercept any passes thrown to him. ... Defensive back (DB) is a player in American football whose role is primarily pass coverage; that is, the defensive back will stay near a receiver and try to deflect or intercept any passes thrown to him. ...


Additionally, a safety or safety touch is the act by which one team gains two points when an opponent possessing the ball is tackled or downs the ball in his own end zone, or runs out of bounds in his own end zone. It can also be called if a quarterback receives a penalty for intentional grounding while in the endzone. If a safety were to occur while a team is attempting an extra point following a touchdown (which would be very unusual), the score would only be worth only one point. The end zone is a term in both Canadian football and American football. ...


Usually, a safety occurs when the offensive unit is backed up very close to its own end zone and players on the other team trapping the ball carrier in the end zone. Although very rare, it is not unheard of for the offensive unit team to be 30 or more yards away from its end zone, only to have the ball carrier chased into his own end zone before getting tackled. Sometimes, a team will intentionally give up a safety, especially if they have a lead and believe that, on the free kick, they can pin the opposing team deep in its own territory. A free-kick in football describes the situation where a player on the opposing team has committed a foul, and you are given the ball to play from the position where the offence took place. ...


In both codes the team giving up the safety must also give up possession to the opposing team. In American football this is done by means of a safety kick or free kick, where the ball is kicked from the 20 yard line by means of a punt, dropkick, or placekick without tee. In Canadian football the team scoring the safety gets the same options it would have after conceding a field goal—it can either receive a standard kick-off from the kicking team's 35 yard line or it can assume possession of the ball on its own 35 yard line. Unlike in the American code, an onside kick is allowed should the ball be kicked off. A free-kick in football describes the situation where a player on the opposing team has committed a foul, and you are given the ball to play from the position where the offence took place. ... Canadian football is a form of football closely related to American football in which two teams of twelve players each compete for territorial control of a field of play 110 yards (100. ... Kick Off is a one of the most acclaimed football computer game series ever released for home computer and console. ... An onside kick is a term used in American football and Canadian football for a play in which the ball is kicked with a much greater than usual hope that the team whose player kicked it will be in possession of the ball during or immediately after the play. ...


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American football is indeed quite physical in comparison to sports like basketball and soccer as well as other major American team sports.
Tackle football is often banned in American schoolyards in favor of touch football, which uses two-hand touching instead of tackling; or flag football in which a player is "tackled" when an opponent pulls a flag off a belt attached to the player's waist.
Both American football and soccer have their origins in varieties of football played in the United Kingdom in the mid-19th century, and American football is directly descended from rugby football.
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