NFL Penalty Tracker

False Start


It is a False Start if the ball has been placed ready for play, and, prior to the snap, an offensive player who has assumed a set position charges or moves in such a way as to simulate the start of a play, or if an offensive player who is in motion makes a sudden movement toward the line of scrimmage. Any quick abrupt movement by a single offensive player, or by several offensive players in unison, which simulates the start of the snap, is a false start. Exceptions: This does not apply to an offensive player under the center who turns his head or shoulders, unless the movement is an obvious attempt to draw an opponent offside.


Loss of five yards from the line of scrimmage. The foul is enforced prior to the snap.

2016 Stats

Totals By Referee/Crew

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 TotalPer Game
Bill Vinovich1635170024112.1910.630.001.500.69
Brad Allen1632160019132.0010.
Carl Cheffers1836177014222.009.830.000.781.22
Clete Blakeman1646230019272.8814.380.001.191.69
Craig Wrolstad1635175021142.1910.940.001.310.88
Ed Hochuli1637183015222.3111.440.000.941.38
Gene Steratore1632159017152.009.940.001.060.94
Jeff Triplette1537184017202.4712.
Jerome Boger1532160016162.1310.670.001.071.07
John Hussey1650244026243.1315.250.001.631.50
John Parry1523115012111.537.670.000.800.73
Pete Morelli1725121013121.477.120.000.760.71
Ron Torbert1641202024172.5612.630.001.501.06
Terry McAulay1327130012152.0810.000.000.921.15
Tony Corrente1641204019222.5612.750.001.191.38
Walt Anderson1545225024213.0015.000.001.601.40
Walt Coleman1528140015131.879.330.001.000.87