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NFL RULES: Field Rules
1. Sidelines and end lines are out of bounds. The goal line is actually
in the end zone. A player with the ball in his possession scores a
touchdown when the ball is on, above, or over the goal line.
2. The field is rimmed by a white border, six feet wide, along the
sidelines. All of this is out of bounds.
3. The hashmarks (inbound lines) are 70 feet, 9 inches from each sideline.
4. Goal posts must be single-standard type, offset from the end line
and painted bright gold. The goal posts must be 18 feet, 6 inches
wide and the top face of the crossbar must be 10 feet above the ground.
Vertical posts extend at least 30 feet above the crossbar. A ribbon
4 inches by 42 inches long is to be attached to the top of each post.
The actual goal is the plane extending indefinitely above the crossbar
and between the outer edges of the posts.
5. The field is 360 feet long and 160 feet wide. The end zones are
30 feet deep. The line used in try-for-point plays is two yards out
from the goal line.
6. Chain crew members and ball boys must be uniformly identifiable.
7. All clubs must use standardized sideline markers. Pylons must be
used for goal line and end line markings.
8. End zone markings and club identification at 50 yard line must
be approved by the Commissioner to avoid any confusion as to delineation
of goal lines, sidelines, and end lines.
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