Quiz: Can You Answer All Of These Questions About Being An NFL Referee?
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Can You Answer All Of These Questions About Being An NFL Referee?
By: Gavin Thagard
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About This Quiz

Pinstripes, small hats and whistles; a referee's uniform can be quite attractive for those who think they know everything about the National Football League. Do you have knowledge of all of the rules and other aspects of the NFL? Do you think you could take the place of referees, especially the ones who are always getting calls wrong? Here's your chance to find out with this quiz!

The NFL is one of the most popular leagues in American team sports, with thousands of fans watching each week to keep up with trades and game action. However, since the league was founded, keeping up with the latter has only become more difficult since the rulebook has grown significantly over the years, leaving fans, players and coaches in a position where they are trying to understand the calls being made. 

Maybe that's not you, however, and instead, you know all the rules. Maybe you could even do a better job at calling a game than the referees. Does that sound like you? If it does, then give this quiz a try before you go yelling at the television about a call. After all, if you can pass this quiz, then you can probably referee a game in the NFL. 

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How long is the field, not including the end zone?
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What's the line between the end zone and the field of play called?
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What does the referee throw if there's a penalty?
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How does a game start?
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Where's the ball moved to after a touchback?
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How many yards is a false start?
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How many players are on each side of the field?
5
7
9
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What line separates the offense from the defense?
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How many offensive players must be on the line of scrimmage?
4
7
9
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How many defensive players must be on the line of scrimmage?
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How many times can a ball be thrown forward during a play?
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Which player snaps the ball?
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How many yards is an offensive holding penalty?
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Can the defense get a holding call?
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The offense can change field position by doing what on 4th down?
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How does a punt returner signal a fair catch?
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What is called if a return man tries to run the ball after making a fair catch?
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How many yards is a personal foul?
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How many referees are in a game?
7
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Without a penalty, how many yards does it take for an offense to get a 1st down?
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What happens if a quarterback is sacked into his own end zone?
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How many points is a field goal worth?
1
3
6
7
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How many points is a touchdown worth?
1
3
6
7
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What happens if the quarterback throws the ball out of bounds with no receiver around?
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When is an intentional grounding NOT called?
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What happens if a defensive player lines up over the line of scrimmage?
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What's it called if a defender catches a pass?
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What's a pass that hits the ground called?
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Which players on the field can recover a fumble?
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If an offensive player falls to the ground but isn't touched by a defender, can he keep running?
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What's it called if a defender hits the quarterback after he throws the ball?
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What's it called if a quarterback is tackled behind the line of scrimmage while he still has the ball?
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A defender can make contact with a receiver for how many yards?
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Can a defender hit the kicker while he's kicking?
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Where is a PAT attempt kicked from?
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