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Blocking Rules Of Football Match

Published at 02/03/2012 10:38:28


Match football is a full contact sport and can sometimes minister injuries to its players. It is certainly amongst the most physical sports in the planet. Injuries can occur to its players due to physicality and intensity of this astounding game. Players are getting bigger, buffer and more muscular every year. Blocking and tackling in football has never been this intense and physical. Fans can hear the sounds of bone crunching collisions and impacts of these football players.


The NFL and other major match football leagues have altered some of the traditional tackling and blocking rules to prevent injuries from happening. These football leagues have made limitations in the tackles to protect their players. There are still several reported injuries from these leagues but not as persistent as the times when illegal tackles were allowed.


  • Helmet Collisions

Helmet collisions are highly discouraged in the sport of modern football. These collisions will usually occur when the defensive lineman would tackle the opposing offensive player. These helmet contacts and collisions can cause serious injuries to heads of these match football players. Such was the reason that the NFL implemented rules on preventing these collisions. It was imposed during 2007 to prevent head injuries from happening. Referees will eject those players that engage in intentional helmet tackles and collisions. The penalty for such tackle will vary depending on impact and whether it was done deliberately or not by the offender. The team can be penalized for fifteen yards, and the offender can be kicked out of the game or even suspended and fined.

  • Unnecessary or Excessive Roughness

Referees have responsibilities in protecting all the players in the gridiron field. A defensive lineman would be penalized whenever he tackles an offensive player after the ball has been released in kicking position. The defensive player must avoid hitting and tackling the offensive player during these instances. The offensive player is in a vulnerable position and should not be tackled. Kickers and quarterbacks that have just completed their kicks and punt are basically off limits to their defenders. There are also corresponding penalties for players that are hitting opposing players after the whistle was blown to stop from playing.

  • Tackles on Horse Collar

The horse collar tackles was one major cause of serious injuries of several NFL players during the year 2005. The league’s committee decided to forbid this maneuver from the game. A player must never yank or pull his opponent’s shoulder pads, jersey and collar. This illegal tackle has caused severe injuries to several match football players. Some players were able to obtain injuries in their knees, ankles and legs. Collegiate and high school football programs in the United States have now adopted this rule. Suspension, ejection and fines can be imposed to players that have applied horse collar tackles to their opponents. A fifteen yard penalty would also be imposed to the illegal tackler’s team.



A football field can be a hazardous place for its players. Fortunately, the football leagues made adjustments to protect its players. These are some of the several adjustments that the football league has made for the benefit of its players. Match football is more fun and less brutal nowadays due to the emergence of these blocking and tackling rules.