Teams get four downs to move the ball 10 yards. If they gain the 10 yards, they get a new set of four downs. This can continue indefinitely until either the team scores, time runs out in the half or the game, or the team gives up or loses possession of the ball.
In Canadian football, teams get three downs to move the ball 10 yards.
As long as a team can advance the ball 10 yards in four consecutive downs, they can take as many downs as needed to score a touchdown.
It depends on where the ball is placed when the offensive team has it. But there can be numerous amounts of first downs.
The offensive team is allowed four downs, or plays, to advance the ball 10 yards. If they can advance the ball 10 yards in four plays, they get another four plays to move the ball 10 yards further downfield. This continues until the offense advances the ball into the end zone for a touchdown or they are unable to get the required 10 yards on four plays. In Canadian football, the same circumstances exist, except that a team gets only three downs to advance the ball 10 yards.
The offense gets 4 downs to travel ten yards. If they make the ten yards, they get 4 more downs. This continues until they either score a touch down or a field goal. If a team fails to make 10 yards within the 4 downs, they usually opt to punt the ball away on the 4th down so the opposing team starts their drive with poor field position.
It is not a dead ball until someone downs (touches) it.
There are four downs to advance the ball ten yards. They can keep the ball for an extra four plays if they continuously advance ten yards. When they don't advance ten yards the other team gets the ball.
4 downs. Then it's a turnover if an unsuccessful first down is achieved.
American Football - NFL and collegiate A team has 4 downs to go 10 yards, and earn a new set of downs. Otherwise the ball control goes to the opposing team. Downs may be replayed if a penalty is ruled and accepted.
The minimum number of downs a team has is four. The maximum number of downs a team can have is theoretically unlimited as long as they reach the line of gain (10 yards from the starting point of the first down in that particular set).