How Far Is The Extra Point Kick?

John Rizzo


Kickoff: The start of the game is always a exciting time as teams try to score points and gain an advantage over their opponents. Line of Scrimmage: This is when both teams line up on the field and try to gain an edge by running or passing the ball around.

Two-Minute Warning: If there hasn’t been any activity within two minutes, the referee will sound a warning signal that forces players back onto the court. Snap: When play gets underway again, referees snap their fingers to indicate who should shoot first from each end of the court and then throw a ball into play for playing defense against attack.

Ball Out of Play (BOP): Sometimes even expert players can make mistakes while trying to catch or pass the ball, which results in it being kicked out of bounds – off either side of the court – at midcourt lines extension.

How Far Is The Extra Point Kick?

Kickoff: The kickoff is the beginning of the game and a chance for both teams to show their skills. Line of Scrimmage: After the kickoff, each team lines up on its own side of the field.

Two-Minute Warning: If neither team has scored by two minutes in, there’s a two-minute warning and play will resume with five seconds left on the clock. Snap: When one team scores, it gets possession of the ball and can run or pass it around the field as long as it doesn’t touch another player or go out of bounds (the end zone).

Ball Out of Play (BOP): If either team commits an illegal move like tackling someone without giving them a fair opportunity to get up, that player becomes “ball out of play” and cannot participate in any more plays until he or she is back inside his or her own half of the field.


The extra point kick is a touchback that travels 10 yards beyond the end zone, giving the defense time to set up and make a stop. If your team is in possession of the ball at its own 20-yard line or closer, it’s possible to attempt an extra point on fourth down by kicking the ball through the uprights from within those bounds.

Kicking off from any other spot results in a touchback and allows your opponent to start its drive at their own 25-yard line (unless they are inside of your 5-yard line). Kickoffs can be hazardous for both teams – especially if someone gets tackled near midfield – so it’s important to take care when attempting them. There are several variables that go into deciding whether or not to attempt an extra point, including how far ahead you think you might be in terms of points differential and how much field position would change as a result.

Line of Scrimmage

The extra point kick is a field goal that’s worth two points, which is why it’s so important to know where the line of scrimmage is located. If you want to make sure you get an accurate shot at the extra point, try aiming for the middle of the uprights.

Remember that if your team kicks off from its own 20-yard line, they have to take the ball across midfield before attempting an extra point. If your team scores on an extra point but misses the conversion attempt, it will still be counted as a touchdown and added to their total score for that quarter or half inning.

Be sure to stayalert during play in orderto pick up on any potential clues about how far away fromthe sidelinethe lineof scrimmage may be.

Two-Minute Warning

If you’re in doubt as to whether or not the ball is in bounds, a two-minute warning will sound before a penalty kick is taken. The referee will point to an area on the ground that corresponds with where the ball was when it went out of bounds and players must start at this spot.

The kicker can take one step towards the goal line before attempting the kick and once he/she makes contact with the ball, they cannot move until after it’s kicked. Penalty kicks are always decided by who scores first – no matter what happened during extra time (unless there was a tie).

In order for your team to win, their player(s) must score either from within their own half of the field or from beyond any goalkeeper’s reach (a “goal”).


The snap is a technique used in American football to score points by kicking the ball through the uprights from beyond the field of play. The snap can be successful if executed properly and it’s one of the most important plays in an NFL game.

However, sometimes kicks are missed and this results in what’s called a “snap out” or “snap over” which means that the ball goes behind the goal line for Touchback. If you want to try your hand at snapping, start practicing early so that you have time to perfect your techniques before taking them on during a game situation.

There are many different ways to kick a football and mastering just one will make your chances of scoring more likely when playing American football.

Ball Out of Play (BOP)

The extra point kick is a very important part of the game of football, and it can be difficult to determine when the ball has gone out of play. There are several ways to determine if the ball has gone out of bounds, and each one can vary depending on the situation.

If you think that the ball may have been OUT OF BOUNDS, you should signal this by raising your hand in front of your face or making an “O” with your arms. Another way to indicate that the ball may have gone out-of-bounds is by throwing a flag onto the field (this will only happen if there is actually an obstruction on the playing surface).

Be sure to watch for these signals so that you don’t end up getting penalized for calling an illegal play.

Try for Two

You can try for two extra points by kicking the ball through the uprights on each end of the field. The goalposts are located at the 25- and 10-yard lines, respectively, so make sure you kick it far enough to reach them.

Kickers have a lot of power in their kicks – use that to your advantage by aiming high and using plenty of leg strength when striking the ball. Keep an eye on other players around you as well as the clock – if you can time your kick perfectly, you could score an extra point.

Be prepared for anything during this exciting game – good luck.

How long is an NFL extra point kick?

An NFL extra point kick is a penalty that is usually awarded when the ball carrier goes out of bounds in their own end zone. The kicker (usually a placekicker) attempts to kick the ball through the uprights, which will score points for their team.

NFL Kickers

NFL kickers are typically taller and have longer legs than their CFL counterparts. This allows them to reach the ball further downfield for extra points. The line of scrimmage for an NFL kicker is between the 1-yard line and the 2-yard line, while in CFL play it’s between the 25-yard line and the 30 yardline.

CFL Kicks

The distance from goalposts in Canadian football is 18 yards shorter than that of American football, which accounts for part of why most field goals made by CFL kickers are less than 50 yards long (compared to NFL kicks which can be over 60 yards).

Line of Scrimmage

When both teams enter into their end zones simultaneously after a touchdown or safety has been scored – as happens on an extra point – there must be at least 5 players on either side of the ball until one team crosses midfield again (the offensive team), or two consecutive lateral plays take place without any player crossing midfield first (a punt/ kickoff return). In other words, if you’re watching a game live and see somebody “crossing midfield” but they don’t actually touch another player before going back across your screen…they haven’t crossed yet. That person was just running out onto the field to set up as a decoy so defenders would stop playing defense near their own end zone instead of focusing on stopping an actual opposing player who may have already crossed midfield. Once 8 players cross midfield then offensive possession resumes where it left off…this sequence repeats itself continuously until someone scores or somebody gets ejected :).

Distance from Goalposts

Both leagues use 11 men per side with 3 lines deep closest to each post: Front row= LOS OPPOSITE END ZONE Middle Row= 4 YARDS ROUGHLY BETWEEN GOALPOSTS Back Row= 6 YARDS FROM FRONT LINE OF PLAY Each lineman occupies one space along this imaginary “gridiron”. So long as no defensive lineman touches ANY part of an opponent’s body outside these designated areas during rushing attempts or passing plays, they are considered legal blockers even if illegally touching an opponent inside those same foursquare inches; essentially making contact anywhere else punishable by a 15 yard penalty plus loss of down (-unless holding etc.).

How far is the extra point kick in college football?

In college football, the extra point is a kick that’s worth one point. It’s usually kicked from about 15 yards out from the goal line. The kicker takes a step back and kicks the ball through the uprights.

  • College football still uses the two-point PAT, while most lower leagues in the NFL have switched over to a 15-yard line from where kicks are taken. The extra point is worth 2 points in college football – making it one of the biggest differences between professional and collegiate sports.
  • In NCAA Division I Football, all PATs (including field goals) are taken at the 2-yard line for both offense and defense starting with 2006 season. Prior to this change, offenses took their PAT’s from the 15-yard line (the same as they do in the NFL), while defenses lined up on their 3 yard lines instead of defending 25 yards downfield like they do now.
  • Although there may be slight variations between different colleges and levels of play, overall there is more consistency across all levels when it comes to how far away teams kick off from their own end zone – which makes scoring easier for everyone involved.

When did the NFL change the extra point distance?

The NFL changed the extra point distance from 15 yards to 10 yards in 2005. This change was made to make the game more exciting and less predictable.

  • The NFL changed the extra point distance for the 2015 season. Previously, the PAT was worth six points. However, in order to make it more challenging and give teams an incentive to go for two-point conversions instead of taking a chance on a field goal, they moved the PAT back to the 15-yard line and left the two-point conversion at the 2-yard line.
  • This change has given objectivity to one of football’s most emotional moments – deciding which team will be crowned champions. It’s no longer possible for one team to simply “win” by kicking an extra point after winning by seven or eight points late in game play; now both teams are essentially playing for three points with each possession (assuming neither team scores again).
  • In addition, this new rule may also lead to more exciting games as teams may have a better opportunity of recovering from deficits and tying or even winning games if they can score on their last few possessions rather than relying solely on field goals (one which is now slightly less likely due to increased pressure from defenders).
  • Finally, this change might just create some new legends in American professional sports – players who become known for their prowess at converting two-point attempts (as opposed as kickers who are mostly successful only from beyond 50 yards out).

Whats the longest field goal kicked?

On September 10, 2021, Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker kicked a 66-yard field goal to win the game 27-23 in overtime against the Detroit Lions. This kick made history as the longest field goal ever kicked in NFL history and is still currently the record holder.

The 0-2 start for the 2021 Detroit Lions was eventually forgotten when they won this historic game against their rivals from Baltimore.

To Recap

There is no definitive answer to this question as the football game can be very close, depending on how well each team plays. However, a good rule of thumb is that the extra point kick is around 45 yards from the goal line.

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John Rizzo

I am a professional rugby player in the Washington DC-Baltimore area. I have been playing rugby for over 10 years and have had the opportunity to play in many different countries. I am also a coach for both youth and adult rugby teams. I graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Sports Management and Marketing. I am currently working on my MPA from American University and plan to pursue this career path after graduating next year. LinkedIn

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