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Offensive Football Formations
- The football formation must include at least players on the line of scrimmage
- The other 4, or less players, must line up at least one yard behind the line of scrimmage
- All players, both on and off the line of scrimmage, can line up sideline to sideline.
- The last player on the line of scrimmage, on both the left and right side of the football formation, are eligible to go out for passes.
- All players on offense must be “set” for at least one second before the ball is hiked. Being set is defined as remaining totaly still, without any movement.
- The offense may place one of the four backfield players in action after the set when they snap the ball. The action must be either parallel to or (if inside the backfield) away from the road of scrimmage, but only after the ball is snapped; certain types of sports such as arena sports allow forward motion on the snap. In Canadian football, all of the gamers in the backfield can be in motion, in any path, at the time of the particular snap, as long as they haven’t yet crossed the line regarding scrimmage before the snap.
Examples of Offensive Football Formations
I Football Formation
Basic I football formation.
Another variation of the basic I football formation is the Power I where the two fullbacks line up next to each other with the half back alligned right behind them, in line with the center. Below is a diagram of the Power I football formation.
Power I football formation
Single Back or Spread football formation
Spread football formation
It is employed as a pass football formation, because of the added wide receivers. It also can be used as an effective run football formation, because it “spreads the field”, from sideline to sideline, and forces the protection to respect the passing game, thus taking players out of the box.
Pro Set Football Formations
Basic split backs set
The Pro Set football formation is also namedthe “split backs” or “three-end formation”, which resembles the I-formation and shares the identical tweaks. The main difference is that the two backs are split behind the quarterback instead of being lined up behind him.
Single Wing Football Formation
Typical Single Wing set. Note the unbalanced line. “C” will snap the ball, even though he is not strictly in the center.
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