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Encyclopedia > Special teams

Special teams are units in American football and Canadian football that are on the field during kickoffs, free kicks, punts, and field goal and extra point attempts. Most special teams players are second- and third-string players from other positions. United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Canadian football is a sport in which two teams of twelve players each compete for territorial control of a field of play 110 yards (100. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... Todd Sauerbrun, one of the NFLs top punters, punts the ball for the Carolina Panthers. ... A field goal (formerly goal from the field) is a general term used in some sports wherein a goal may be scored either during general play (from the field) or via some sort of free shot. ... In American football, the extra point, point after touchdown, or PAT is the act of lining up to kick, as in a field goal, immediately following a touchdown. ...


Special teams include a kickoff team, a kick return team, a punting team, a punt return team, a field goal team and a field goal block team.


There are also specialized players on these teams, including:

  • Placekicker (PK) - handles kickoffs and field goal attempts.
  • Holder - Usually positioned 7-8 yards from the line of scrimmage, he holds the ball for the placekicker to kick. The holder is often a backup quarterback, or a punter.
  • Long snapper - A specialized center who snaps the ball directly to the holder. Is often a backup tight end.
  • Kick returner (KR) - returns kickoffs.
  • Punter (P) - handles punts
  • Punt returner (PR) - returns punts
  • Gunner - player on kickoffs and punts who specializes in running down the field very quickly in an attempt to tackle the kick returner or the punt returner.

Because these aspects of the game can be so different from general offensive and defensive play, a specific group of players is drilled in executing them. Though fewer points are scored on special teams than on offense, special teams play determines where the offense will begin each drive, and thus it has a dramatic impact on how easy or difficult it is for the offense to score. Placekicker is the title of the player on an American football team who is responsible for the kicking duties of field goals, extra points, and, in many cases, kickoffs. ... A kick-off is a method or starting or restarting play in American football. ... A field goal (formerly goal from the field) is a general term used in some sports wherein a goal may be scored either during general play (from the field) or via some sort of free shot. ... In American football the holder is the player who receives the snap during field goal and extra point attempts. ... In American and Canadian football the line of scrimmage is the imaginary transverse line crossing the football field across its narrower dimension, which passes through the last position of the football, after the end of the most recent play and following the assessment of any penalty yards. ... Joe Montana, an American quaterback. ... The word punter may refer to: Someone who uses a Punt (boat). ... In American football, the term long snapper refers to a player who is a specialized center during punts, field goals, and extra point attempts. ... The offensive team or offense in American football or Canadian football, is the team that begins a play from scrimmage in possession of the ball. ... Special teams are units in American football and Canadian football that are on the field during kickoffs, free kicks, punts, and field goal attempts. ... A punter in American or Canadian football is a special teams player (not an offensive or defensive team member) who is snapped the ball directly from the line of scrimmage and then punts (kicks) the football to the opposing team so as to limit any field position advantage the opposing... A punt is a play in Canadian football and American football in which the football is kicked downfield to the opposing team. ... In American football, a gunner is a player on kickoffs and punts who specializes in running down the field very quickly in an attempt to tackle the kick returner or the punt returner. ...


Because they take the field sometimes fewer than ten times a game, most special teams players are exceptionally intense during play, making kick and punt returns home to some of the most exciting (and hardest hitting) action in a game of football. Though this makes for good spectating, it also leads to a fairly high rate of injury among special teams players, and as a result, many starters are hesitant to take up a special teams role.


For the purposes of scoring in fantasy football (American), points scored on special team returns are typically credited to the defense. Fantasy Football is a game in which the participants (called owners) each draft or acquire via auction a team of real-life NFL (or college depending on the league) players and then score points based on those players statistical performance on the field. ...


See also

The offensive team or offense in American football or Canadian football, is the team that begins a play from scrimmage in possession of the ball. ... The defensive team or defense in American football or Canadian football, is the team that begins a play from scrimmage not in possession of the ball. ... It has been suggested that American football defensive schemes be merged into this article or section. ... The following terms are used in American football and Canadian football. ...

External links

  • Football 101 - Special Teams Positions

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