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End zone

What is an End Zone?

The end zone is the part of the field that a player must carry or receive the ball in to score a touchdown in football. There are two end zones, one at either end of the field. Each team must attempt to get into the end zone using a number of downs. Each team is given four attempts – or ‘downs’ – to advance 10 yards up the field. Each time a team advances 10 yards, a new set of downs is awarded. A player scores a touchdown by entering the end zone in control of the football – they don’t have to physically touch the ball down like in rugby.

A touchdown is worth six points, with an additional one or two point conversion available after the score. The first, and most common conversion, is to kick the ball through the goal posts. The second is to advance the ball again into the end zone from the two-yard line on one play for a two-point conversion.

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How is an End Zone used in Sports Betting?

Although there are direct markets concerning the scorers of touchdowns, many possible bets when it comes to football have to do with end zones. In the same way as goals are crucial to a large percentage of soccer bets, touchdowns are the main scoring method in football, therefore the ball entering the end zone is crucial.

The betting window for football is small, as the game is only played during the Fall and Winter months. To see if and which teams playing now, as well as their odds, have a look at our Odds Comparison Page. This tool also allows you to compare odds being offered by multiple sportsbooks on the same game.

Whether it is a money line bet, or a wincast – where the bettor must select the winner of a match as well as a touchdown scorer – the end zone is central to a bettor’s picks.

Other markets available include next score in which a bettor can choose between a touchdown and field goal. The field goal, worth three points, is really the only way that the end zone doesn’t play a major part in a scoring market.

Did You Know…

A betting term that is most popular in baseball and ice hockey, but can be applied to football is the wonderfully named Grand Salami. With this bet the punter must predict the total amount of points scored on a particular day between every game played.

See also

Field goal

Money line


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