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The Field and its Features

20 Mar

owen field (6x4)A football game is played on a rectangular field that is 120 yards long and 53.3 yards wide – or 360 feet by 160 feet.  The field has two sets of boundary lines.  The longest is called a “sideline” while the shortest at either end of the field is called an “end line.”  That’s at the back of the “end zone”.  Anything that travels beyond the sideline or end line is out of bounds.

Also at either end of the field and 10 yards from the end line are “goal lines”.  The 10 yard area between the end line and the goal line is called an “end zone”.  When a player in possession of the ball crosses the goal line into his opponent’s end zone he scores a “touchdown” (worth six points).  More correctly, when any part of the ball when in possession of a player crosses the plane of the goal line a score is made.

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