What does first down mean?

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A "down" is the time period between the snap of the ball to the end of play. The end of a play occurs when: 1) when the ball carrier has been brought down. 2) The ball carrier runs beyond the boundaries of the field (out of bounds), 3) when the ball carrier crosses the goal line, 4) An incomplete pass, 5) a kick that has landed out of bounds. The first down is team's 1st of their allotted series of downs. A team is allotted 4 downs to score or to refresh their allottment by obtaining 10 yards.

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