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gtwbam Fri Oct 06, 2006 11:09pm

Free Kick after a Fair Catch
 
It's 4th and 8 from A's own 3 yard line. A is in Punt formation. It's a windy day and A punts from there own end zone. The Ball travels to A's 7 yard line where B1 signals for a fair catch. B informs the officials that they elect to free kick the football from the 8 yard line. So after lining up the kicking team at the 8 yard line for their free kick, where would you have the opposing team line up?

Ed Maeder Sat Oct 07, 2006 01:17am

Same as any other free kick. Ten yards from the ball. Which would be inside the end zone.

Theisey Sat Oct 07, 2006 06:25am

Football Fundamentals (pg76) V.2: Free-kick lines are always 10 yards apart.

RoyGardner Sat Oct 07, 2006 08:16am

Except that the free kick restraining line always has to be in the field of play, therefore by rule the line cannot be beyond the goal line.

Theisey Sat Oct 07, 2006 04:54pm

Roy, this is an NF thing... the 10 yard zone under that code will indeed extend into the EZ if that be the case.
Wasn't always that way, but is the fact of life .

cougar729 Sun Oct 08, 2006 01:58am

Roy do you have a reference for that?

The free kick lines are always 10 yards apart, even if its 9 1/2 yards deep into the end zone


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