How many yards must the offensive team advance the ball in order to earn a first down?
How many yards do I need for a first down?
What are the two ways the offense moves the ball down the field?
There are two main ways for the offense to advance the ball. The first is called a run. This occurs when the quarterback hands the ball off to a running back, who then tries to gain as many yards as possible by eluding defensive players.
How do you get your first down?
By punting the team gives up the ball, but they gain field position. When downs are described the number of the down is followed by how many yards are left to go. So the typical first down will be described as “first and ten”. This means it is first down and there are 10 yards to go to get the next first down.