'football: Terms used in American football'
backfieldthe area behind the line of scrimmage from which the backfield begin each play blitza defensive charge on the quarterback block the act of obstructing or condition of being obstructed, as in sports centera player whose position at the start of a contest is at the center of the line or playing area completecornerbacka defensive back defensethe strategy, plays, etc. used to prevent an opposing team from scoring defensive backdefensive enddownend zonethe rectangular area between the goal line and the end line at each end of the playing field field goala goal scored while the ball is in normal play rather than from a free throw football or pigskinthe ball used in any of these games or their variants gridironthe field of play in American football incompleteinterceptiona play in which a defensive player catches a pass thrown by an offensive player line of scrimmagean imaginary line, parallel to the goal lines, on which the ball is placed at the start of a down and on either side of which the offense and defense line up line backerlinemana member of the row of players who start each down positioned on either side of the line of scrimmage offensethe strategy, plays, etc. used in attempting to score against an opposing team overtimepass the transfer of a ball from one player to another playpoint aftera score given for a successful kick between the goalposts and above the crossbar, following a touchdown quarterbacka player in American or Canadian football, positioned usually behind the centre, who directs attacking play running backan offensive back, usually one of a pair, responsible primarily for rushing the ball; halfback or fullback rush to gain ground by running forwards with the ball sacka tackle on a quarterback which brings him down before he has passed the ball safetya play in which the offensive team causes the ball to cross its own goal line and then grounds the ball behind that line, scoring two points for the opposing team scrimmagethe clash of opposing linemen at every down secondaryshotgunan offensive formation in which the quarterback lines up for a snap unusually far behind the line of scrimmage snapthe start of each play when the centre passes the ball back from the line of scrimmage to a teammate special teamany of several predetermined permutations of the players within a team that play in situations, such as kickoffs and attempts at field goals, where the standard offensive and defensive formations are not appropriate Super Bowlthe main championship game of the sport, held annually in January between the champions of the American Football Conference and the National Football Conference tacklea defensive lineman tight enda player who lines up near to the tackle touchbacka play in which the ball is put down by a player behind his own goal line when the ball has been put across the goal line by an opponent touchdownthe act of placing or touching the ball on the ground behind the goal line, as in scoring a try wide receivera player whose function is to catch long passes from the quarterback ▷ See football
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