Eight-man football is a type of American football, generally played by small high schools. American football, known in the United States and Canada simply as football, is a competitive Team sport known for mixing strategy with High school is the name used in some parts of the world (in particular Scotland, North America and Australia) to describe an institution Rules and formations vary greatly among states and even among different organizations, but the one constant is eight players from each team on the field at one time, as opposed to eleven-man football, which is played at larger high schools, the college level and in the NFL. College football is American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, Colleges and military academies The National Football League ( NFL) is the largest professional American football league.
Several differences distinguish eight-man football from eleven-man, most notably the elimination of three players. It depends greatly on the type of formation used, but the eliminated players are commonly two offensive tackles and a wide receiver on offense and two defensive backs and a defensive lineman on defense. In American and Canadian football, offensive tackles ( OT, T) are a part of the Offensive line. A wide receiver is an offensive position in American and Canadian football In American football and Canadian football, defensive backs are the players on the defensive team who take positions somewhat back from the line of scrimmage they A defensive lineman is any of the down positions on the defensive side of Canadian and American football.
The size of the playing field is often smaller in eight-man football than in eleven-man. Some states opt for a smaller, 80 yards long by 40 yards wide field (which is also used in six-man); other states, such as Oklahoma, Colorado, and Idaho, keep the field of play at 100 yards long while reducing the width to 40 yards. A yard (abbreviation yd) is a unit of Length in several different systems including English units Imperial units and United Six-man football is a variant of high school American football that is played with six players per team instead of 11 Oklahoma ( is a state located in the South Central region of the United States of America. The State of Colorado ( or chiefly by nonresidents) is a state located in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States of America. The State of Idaho ( is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States of America. Finally, some schools, such as those in north Idaho, Washington, and Oregon, play on a full-sized playing field. The State of Idaho ( is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States of America. Washington ( is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Oregon ( is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.
Professional eight-man leagues are numerous in the United States and usually follow indoor football rules of a 50 yard by roughly 25 yard field, as professional 8-man football is usually played indoors. This article discusses indoor variations of American football for indoor versions of association football (soccer see Futsal and Indoor soccer and for the
Variety of offensive play in eight-man football is significantly reduced due to the decrease in options resulting from fewer players. Formations usually require three players in the backfield (a quarterback and two running backs) and five on the line of scrimmage. Quarterback ( QB) is a position in American and Canadian football. A running back ( RB) is the position of a player on an American or Canadian football team who usually lines up in the offensive backfield. The interior of the line consists of two guards and a center. In American and Canadian football, a guard ( G) is a player that lines up between the center and the tackles on the offensive line Center ( C) is a position in American football and Canadian football ( spelled centre in Canadian English) Most often, the line players on the edges of the formation are tight ends, or are occasionally split wide as wide receivers. The tight end ( TE) is a position in American football on the Offensive team. A wide receiver is an offensive position in American and Canadian football
Formations vary widely between schools and states, but commonly include the I formation and the T formation (sometimes referred to as "pro set"). The I formation is one of the most common offensive formations in American football. In American football, a T formation is a formation used by the Offensive team in which three Running backs line up in a row about five yards behind Common plays include the counter, dive, option and sweep. In American football, a counter run is a running play in which the Running back will take a step in the opposite direction of the play only to get the handoff in A " plunge " (or " dive " is a type of play in American Football in which the ball carrier (usually a Running back or a fullback The halfback option play is an unorthodox play in American football. A Sweep is a running play in American Football where the Running back takes a pitch or handoff from the Quarterback and starts running parallel to the Passing is usually not as common in eight-man as it is in the eleven-man game. In several forms of Football a forward pass is when the ball is thrown in the direction of the opponent's end line In certain formations, the center or guards can be eligible to catch passes. Center ( C) is a position in American football and Canadian football ( spelled centre in Canadian English) In American and Canadian football, a guard ( G) is a player that lines up between the center and the tackles on the offensive line
Due to the competitive imbalances that commonly occur between small schools, eight-man games sometimes end early due to the 45-point or "mercy" rule. A mercy rule, also well known by the slightly less polite term slaughter rule (or less commonly knockout rule and skunk rule) brings a Depending on the rules in force, when one team gains a 45-point advantage over the other, the game is either governed by a running clock for the remainder of the game or the game ends immediately. A team that has won in this fashion is said to have "45ed" the other team.
Attempting the extra point kick after a touchdown is rare in eight-man, due to the lack of specialized kickers and holders and the inability to block defenders from interfering with the kick. In American and Canadian football, the convert, conversion, try, extra point, point after touchdown, point-after try For this reason, teams often attempt a two-point conversion instead. American and Canadian football, a team may try to score a two-point conversion instead of an Extra point immediately after it scores a Touchdown
In states that use an 80-yard field, infractions that normally result in a 15-yard penalty are reduced to 10 yards in eight-man ball. And likewise, on touchbacks, the ball is spotted on the 15-yard line instead of the 20.
General defensive alignments in eight-man football consist of defensive linemen, linebackers, and defensive backs. There are several defensive formations commonly used in Eight-man football. A defensive lineman is any of the down positions on the defensive side of Canadian and American football. This article relates to Sports. For the Vietnam War bombing raids see Operation Linebacker and Operation Linebacker II. In American football and Canadian football, defensive backs are the players on the defensive team who take positions somewhat back from the line of scrimmage they The most common formation is a 3-3-2, in which three defensive linemen (usually a nose tackle and two defensive ends) line up in a "down" position, with three linebackers standing behind, either stacked over the down linemen, lined up on the inside shoulder of the linemen, or on the outside shoulder of the linemen. Definition The nose tackle is a defensive alignment position for a Defensive lineman in American and Canadian football Defensive end ( DE) is the name of a defensive position in the sport of American and Canadian football. Two defensive backs then have coverage responsibilities, either with deep halves or man-to-man with the offense's receivers. The Zone Blitz is a common method of defensive pressure applied in American football, usually at the collegiate and professional levels
Alternate formations include 4-3-1 (linemen-linebacker-safety), 3-4-1, 4-2-2, 3-2-3 and 5-3 among others. Safety ( S) is an American and Canadian football position played by a member of the defense.
An Eight man league was established in Israel in 2005 with three teams, Haifa Underdogs, Tel Aviv Pioneers and Tel Aviv Sabres. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Israel topics. Haifa (חֵיפָה; حَيْفَا) is the largest City in Northern Israel, and the third-largest city in the country with Tel Aviv-Yafo (תֵּל ־אָבִיב-יָפוֹ تل أبيب Tal ʾAbīb) (usually Tel Aviv) is the second-largest city in Israel This is the first ever tackle football league in this country, named Israeli Football League (IFL). In the first "Israel Bowl" (IFL championship game) in June 2006 the Haifa Underdogs defeated the Tel Aviv Pioneers 37 - 14 and won the IFL's Ofri Becker Trophy.
Occasionally, schools in a small division with larger enrollments are forced to play eight-man, despite having a player turnout sufficient for eleven-man. This is done when the school in question has no other schools of similar size nearby.
In addition, teams have been known to play combination eight- and eleven-man games, in which both teams compromise by fielding eight players per team when School A is on offense and School B is on defense and 11 players when School A is on defense and School B is on offense.