False Start

Definition

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.

Outcome

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

2019 Stats

Overall Totals By Team

There was an average of 6.44 False Start penalties per team league wide.

 AgainstBeneficiary
NameGamesCountYards LostDismissedHomeAwayCountYards GainedDismissedHomeAway
Arizona6627024420031
Atlanta6730043630024
Baltimore6315021836053
Buffalo51255048840035
Carolina6525132839135
Chicago5419113420031
Cincinnati6735025945045
Cleveland61046055840053
Dallas6315021630042
Denver65210321145065
Detroit51049037315012
Green Bay61050073420022
Houston61364076630142
Indianapolis5315012735043
Jacksonville6627015630015
Kansas City6420040734034
LA Rams61050073735034
LA Chargers6210011525032
Miami542002214010
Minnesota6630015420013
New England6839035837026
New Orleans6630024944045
N.Y. Giants642001312550102
N.Y. Jets5210020525023
Oakland5938063419131
Philadelphia62100111150056
Pittsburgh6524023420040
San Francisco5525014630033
Seattle6840053315030
Tampa Bay6944154945036
Tennessee61050046832035
Washington6837053525041
Totals92206990399107206990310799
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