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American Football Referee Signals
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Whether you are just watching the game at home or in the stadium, or want a career in the National Football League with a job as an NFL referee, you should know the hand and arm signals that football referees use. The handy chart below features pictures of the signals every football fan should know. Learn the signals and impress your friends. Make the call! Scroll down to print the PDF of the chart.
 
 
  Offside   Illegal Position or Procedure   Illegal Motion or Shift   Delay of Game   Personal Foul  
  Offside   Illegal Position or Procedure   Illegal Motion or Shift   Delay of Game   Personal Foul  
 
 
  Roughness and Piling On   Clipping   Roughing the Kicker   Unsportsmanlike Conduct   Defensive Holding  
  Roughness and Piling On   Clipping   Roughing the Kicker   Unsportsmanlike Conduct   Defensive Holding  
 
 
  Illegal Use of Hands and Arms   Intentional Grounding   Illegally Passing or Handing Ball Forward   Forward Pass or Kick Catching Interference   Ineligible Receiver Down Field on Pass  
  Illegal Use of Hands and Arms   Intentional Grounding   Illegally Passing or Handing Ball Forward   Forward Pass or Kick Catching Interference   Ineligible Receiver Down Field on Pass  
 
 
 
 
  Ball Illegallly Touched, Kicked, or Batted   Incomplete Forward Pass, Penalty Declined, No Play or No Score   Crawling, Helping the Runner, or Interlocked Interference   Ball Dead or Touchback   Touchdown or Field Goal  
  Ball Illegally Touched, Kicked, or Batted   Incomplete Forward Pass, Penalty Declined, No Play, or No Score   Crawling, Helping the Runner, or Interlocked Interference   Ball Dead; If Hand Is Moved from Side to Side, Touchback   Touchdown or Field Goal  
 
 
  Safety   Time-Out   Firstdown   Start the Clock or No More Time-Outs Allowed   Ball Ready for Play  
  Safety   Time-Out   First Down   Start the Clock or No More Time-Outs Allowed   Ball Ready for Play  
 
 
Want to practice calling the plays at the game or even on the football field? Click here for a printable version of the football referee signals (PDF).
 
 
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