What is an Illegal Formation in Football? (Full Explanation)

ByCoach Martin|Football Rules & Penalties

Football offenses back in the day focused primarily on running the ball, employing bigger players who could physically overpower their defensive counterparts.

As players began to develop new skills and training practices, however, coaches began to open up the game and incorporate more passing plays into the scheme.

Over the years, offensive coaches have constantly innovated to try to stay one step ahead of defenses — and to take advantage of speedier, stronger players at just about every position.

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Role of an Offensive Coordinator in Football (Duties)

ByCoach Martin|Coaching

The offensive coordinator is one of the three main support coaches to the head coach in football.

Along with the defensive coordinator and the special teams coordinator, their job is to support the head coach by focusing on one aspect of the game — the team’s offense.

While so much of the credit (or blame) for how a football team performs lays into the lap of the head coach, the three main coordinators play a huge role in that.

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Shaving Points in Football (Here’s How It Works)

ByCoach Martin|Miscellaneous

As sports gambling grows in popularity around the world — with countries continuing to pass legislation that legalizes it — there has been an increase in attention to shaving points in football and other sports.

Shaving points involves players getting influenced by sports bettors to take certain actions during a game to affect the final score.

Know that shaving points in football and other sports is illegal.

It can (and has) resulted in people spending time in jail and getting banned from the sports they play for life.

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How to Run the Power Play in Football (Includes Images)

ByCoach Martin|Football Plays

The Power Play is among the most used offensive plays in football today, with more and more teams running it out of multiple offensive formations.

This adds a lot of versatility, as even teams that like to spread the field with multiple wide receivers will sometimes need plays to gain just a few yards every once in a while.

Though ideal for short yard gains, teams can also use the Power Play at just about any point in the game, and from any spot on the field.

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What is a Deferred Coin Toss in Football? (Full Explanation)

ByCoach Martin|Football Basics

Before each game of football officially starts, officials (together with players from both sides) conduct a coin toss to determine which team gets the ball first.

The referee on the field brings the captains of each team to the center of the field for the coin toss.

The lead captain on the away team will call either heads or tails, and then the referee will flip the coin into the air.

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