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Some vocabulary from (American) football.


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  1. American football

    a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays
  2. ball carrier

    the player who is carrying the ball on an offensive play
  3. blitz

    a swift military offensive with intensive aerial bombardment
  4. completion

    a concluding action
  5. downfield

    toward or in the defending team's end of the playing field
  6. extra point

    in American football a point awarded for a successful place kick following a touchdown
  7. face mask

    mask that provides a protective covering for the face in such sports as baseball or football or hockey
  8. field goal

    a score in American football
  9. football game

    any of various games played with a ball (round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal
  10. football player

    an athlete who plays American football
  11. football team

    a team that plays football
  12. forward pass

    a pass to a receiver downfield from the passer
  13. fumble

    feel about uncertainly or blindly
  14. goal line

    a line marking each end of the playing field or pitch
  15. goalpost

    one of a pair of posts (usually joined by a crossbar) that are set up as a goal at each end of a playing field
  16. gridiron

    a cooking utensil of parallel metal bars
  17. half-time

    involving half the standard or customary time for an activity
  18. handoff

    a play in which one player hands the ball to a teammate
  19. huddle

    a disorganized and densely packed crowd
  20. interception

    the act of intercepting
  21. juke

    a small roadside establishment in the southern United States
  22. kick off

    commence officially
  23. kicker

    a player who kicks the football
  24. kickoff

    (football) a kick from the center of the field to start a football game or to resume it after a score
  25. lateral pass

    a pass to a receiver upfield from the passer
  26. line of scrimmage

    line parallel to the goal lines where football linesmen line up at the start of each play in American football
  27. linebacker

    a defensive football player close behind the linemen
  28. linemen

    the football players who line up on the line of scrimmage
  29. midfield

    the middle part of a playing field
  30. out-of-bounds

    outside the foul lines
  31. passing play

    (American football) a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate
  32. pigskin

    leather from the skin of swine
  33. placekicker

    (football) a kicker who makes a place kick for a goal
  34. professional football

    football played for pay
  35. punt

    an open flat-bottomed boat used in shallow waters
  36. quarterback

    the football player who directs the team's offensive play
  37. running back

    (football) a back on the offensive team (a fullback or halfback) who tries to advance the ball by carrying it on plays from the line of scrimmage
  38. running play

    (American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team
  39. rush

    act or move at high speed
  40. safety

    being certain that adverse effects will not be caused
  41. scrimmage

    practice play between two teams
  42. signal caller

    (American football) the position of the football player in the backfield who directs the offensive play of his team
  43. split end

    (football) an offensive end who lines up at a distance from the other linemen
  44. tackle

    seize and throw down an opponent player carrying the ball
  45. tackler

    a football player who tackles the ball carrier
  46. tight end

    (football) an offensive end who lines up close to the tackle
  47. touch football

    a version of American football in which the ball carrier is touched rather than tackled
  48. touchback

    (American football) a play in which the opposing team has kicked the football into your end zone
  49. touchdown

    a score in American football
  50. yard line

    in football
Created on September 14, 2009
(updated September 14, 2009)

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