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|Noun||1.||football play - (American football) a play by the offensive team|
audible - a football play is changed orally after both teams have assumed their positions at the line of scrimmage
touchback - (American football) a play in which the opposing team has kicked the football into your end zone
American football, American football game - a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays
play - a preset plan of action in team sports; "the coach drew up the plays for her team"
running, running game, running play, run - (American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team; "the defensive line braced to stop the run"; "the coach put great emphasis on running"
passing, passing game, passing play, pass - (American football) a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate; "the coach sent in a passing play on third and long"
power play - a play in which there is a concentration of players in one location on the field of play; "they used a power play to return the kickoff"
handoff - (American football) a play in which one player hands the ball to a teammate
tackle - (American football) grasping an opposing player with the intention of stopping by throwing to the ground