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What is the shortest possible field goal?

Besides an extra point attempt. if a team kicks a field goal from the 1 inch marker...


How long of a field goal is that?


10 yards?
17 yards isnt it
Originally posted by valrod33:
17 yards isnt it

I have no clue... why is it 17?
Originally posted by Chief:
Originally posted by valrod33:
17 yards isnt it

I have no clue... why is it 17?

You have to add 17 yards to the line of scrimmage to get the distance of every field goal attempt. 10 yards for the end zone and 7 more because the holder is 7 yards behind the line of scrimmage. I think it's 18 yards because no matter how close the ball is to the goal line, it's considered to be at the 1 yard line.
well even if the ball is a CM off the goaline it would be 17 yards. The endzone is 10 yards in lenght, and teams snap the ball 7 yards back so the kicker doesn't get blocked.
Originally posted by Chief:
Originally posted by valrod33:
17 yards isnt it

I have no clue... why is it 17?

It's either 17 or 18, you add 10 yards cause the endzone is 10 yards long. Then you add 7 yards because the spot where the ball is kicked from is 7/8 yards behind the line of scrimmage (i.e. the long snapper, snaps the ball back 7/8 yards to the holder)
Originally posted by Chief:
Originally posted by valrod33:
17 yards isnt it

I have no clue... why is it 17?

In the NFL, goalposts are placed at the back of a 10-yard end zone, and the ball is usually hiked about 7 yards behind the line of scrimmage to be held for a placekick.


so if you put the ball at the 1 inch line, it would be 17 yards 1 inch
Originally posted by valrod33:
Originally posted by Chief:
Originally posted by valrod33:
17 yards isnt it

I have no clue... why is it 17?

In the NFL, goalposts are placed at the back of a 10-yard end zone, and the ball is usually hiked about 7 yards behind the line of scrimmage to be held for a placekick.


so if you put the ball at the 1 inch line, it would be 17 yards 1 inch

16 yrds 11 inches
Originally posted by 49AllTheTime:
Originally posted by valrod33:
Originally posted by Chief:
Originally posted by valrod33:
17 yards isnt it

I have no clue... why is it 17?

In the NFL, goalposts are placed at the back of a 10-yard end zone, and the ball is usually hiked about 7 yards behind the line of scrimmage to be held for a placekick.


so if you put the ball at the 1 inch line, it would be 17 yards 1 inch

16 yrds 11 inches

yeah what he said
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Originally posted by 49AllTheTime:
Originally posted by valrod33:
Originally posted by Chief:
Originally posted by valrod33:
17 yards isnt it

I have no clue... why is it 17?

In the NFL, goalposts are placed at the back of a 10-yard end zone, and the ball is usually hiked about 7 yards behind the line of scrimmage to be held for a placekick.


so if you put the ball at the 1 inch line, it would be 17 yards 1 inch

16 yrds 11 inches

Originally posted by valrod33:
Originally posted by 49AllTheTime:
Originally posted by valrod33:
Originally posted by Chief:
Originally posted by valrod33:
17 yards isnt it

I have no clue... why is it 17?

In the NFL, goalposts are placed at the back of a 10-yard end zone, and the ball is usually hiked about 7 yards behind the line of scrimmage to be held for a placekick.


so if you put the ball at the 1 inch line, it would be 17 yards 1 inch

16 yrds 11 inches

yeah what he said

Ya assuming that there is 12 inches in a yard

16 yds 35 inches

Also how does somebody with 15k posts not know this? no offense but that just kind of jumped out at me.

edit: not know how many yards to add on to the line of scrimmage.

[ Edited by Shorteous on Jan 12, 2010 at 12:55:32 ]
Originally posted by Shorteous:
Originally posted by valrod33:
Originally posted by 49AllTheTime:
Originally posted by valrod33:
Originally posted by Chief:
Originally posted by valrod33:
17 yards isnt it

I have no clue... why is it 17?

In the NFL, goalposts are placed at the back of a 10-yard end zone, and the ball is usually hiked about 7 yards behind the line of scrimmage to be held for a placekick.


so if you put the ball at the 1 inch line, it would be 17 yards 1 inch

16 yrds 11 inches

yeah what he said

Ya assuming that there is 12 inches in a yard

16 yds 35 inches

Also how does somebody with 15k posts not know this? no offense but that just kind of jumped out at me.

edit: not know how many yards to add on to the line of scrimmage.

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Statistically speaking, it's 18 yards. The NFL doesn't deal in fractions of yards. So while you could technically have a shorter field goal than 18 yards, the shortest one you'll ever see statistically is 18 yards.
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Why do you ask? I was watching NFL network and I think they mentioned a 9 yard field goal in an old play-off game. That was possible in the old days as the goal posts
were on the goal line. As others have said the ball is snapped back 7 yards, so in the old days a 7 yard fg was possible, now the shortest is 17 yards.
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This thread is hilarious