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# How many tries does a team get to get a first down?

Updated: 9/27/2023

Wiki User

14y ago

That depends on where the ball is spotted. There is no set distance for scoring a touchdown. The offense advances the ball down the field by attempting to gain at least 10 yards within four downs. If the team can't move the ball the required 10 yards after three downs, it usually kicks the ball on fourth down, either by punting to the opponent or attempting a field goal. If successful, it then must gain another 10 yards within four downs. This process continues until either the team scores; kicks the ball away; or loses possession, either through a fumble or interception, or by attempting to gain the needed yardage on fourth down but falling short. If the team gains a first down less than 10 yards from the end zone, the call for the team then becomes "first and goal" instead of "first and 10." In this case, the team cannot gain another first down without scoring, unless the defense commits certain penalties resulting in a new set of downs for the offense.

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14y ago

Wiki User

13y ago

i belive bout 4

In American football, four. In Canadian football, three.

Wiki User

14y ago

In football a team gets 4 tries to get a first down, but usually on the 4th try instead of going for it they kick it to give the other team a longer way to go to get a touchdown.

Wiki User

14y ago

Depends on how many yards they have to go?!?

Wiki User

15y ago

None! They are defense.

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