History of the End Zone in Football

The end zone is the area in American and Canadian football games in which teams try to safely get the football. When the football is in this area, they will be awarded six points. There are two end zones on a football field, one on each end. Four orange, square pylons are placed on the […]

The end zone is the area in American and Canadian football games in which teams try to safely get the football. When the football is in this area, they will be awarded six points. There are two end zones on a football field, one on each end. Four orange, square pylons are placed on the corners of the end zone. This indicates where the boundaries of the area are and assist players that want to know where they need to be in order to score. In Canadian football, this is called a goal area.

The end zone was created due to the forward pass. Before this, the goal line and the end line were the same. Players would score a touchdown by running through the field of play and going throw the outside line. Goal posts were then established in order to give teams the chance of scoring some points even if they didn’t make it into the end zone. Because of a rule that stated that you had to be across the line in order to pass or kick, safeties were common. Therefore, the end zone was created. The Canadian Football League used twenty to twenty-five yards to create a bigger field. American fields added just ten yards and shortened the field to 100 years, making it only slightly longer than before. Goal posts were kept on the line that separates the end zone from the regular field, but was later moved back due to interference. The goal post distance has been changed four times.

A team will be awarded six points and a touchdown when a player enters the opponent’s end zone while having possession of the football. There is an imaginary line that creates a wall. Once a player crosses this line, they are considered in the end zone. Therefore, the entire player does not need to get into the end zone. A two point conversion occurs when a team scores a touchdown and elects to run another play in order to forgo the

extra point. The goal post is different for each league, but it is always found within the end zone. It use to be ‘H’ shaped, but now is usually found in a ‘T’ shape. This currently resides by the end of the end zone.

With so many teams, logos and team names are often painted onto the end zone. Championship games are usually commemorated with logos that designate the special event. The American end zone is ten yards deep and approximately 53 yards wide. The end zone for Canadian football is twenty yards long and sixty yards wide.

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