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.

2017 Stats

Totals By Referee/Crew

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 TotalPer Game
Bill Vinovich1627136013141.698.500.000.810.88
Brad Allen1625120011141.567.500.000.690.88
Carl Cheffers1541203014272.7313.530.000.931.80
Clete Blakeman1635174120152.1910.880.061.250.94
Craig Wrolstad15188401081.205.600.000.670.53
Ed Hochuli1728135016121.657.940.000.940.71
Gene Steratore1739188020192.2911.
Jeff Triplette1628139115131.758.690.060.940.81
Jerome Boger1529144114151.939.600.070.931.00
John Hussey1629144016131.819.
John Parry1525121012131.678.070.000.800.87
Pete Morelli1429138011182.079.860.000.791.29
Ron Torbert1629145019101.819.
Terry McAulay1528134016121.878.930.001.070.80
Tony Corrente1740198025152.3511.650.001.470.88
Walt Anderson1643214021222.6913.380.001.311.38
Walt Coleman1535175018172.3311.670.001.201.13