Rather than call a false start on the offense, the penalty is called on the defensive player. False start (5 yards) – Offensive players must remain set prior to the snap. They cannot be moving toward the line of scrimmage when the ball is snapped.
The term comes from the standard practice that an offensive unit only has three “real” plays before they are expected to punt. While, in theory, a team is allowed a fourth running or passing play, using the fourth down to run or pass is a risky move under most circumstances.
play Basically, a down is a play. From the time the ball is snapped (put into play), to the time the play is whistled over by the officials, is considered one down. A team’s offense is given four downs (plays) to move ten yards toward the opponent’s end zone.Apr 8, 2018