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Spot of Enforcement of Foul
1. There are four basic spots at which a penalty
for a foul is enforced:
(a) Spot of foul: The spot where the foul is committed.
(b) Previous spot: The spot where the ball was
put in play.
(c) Spot of snap, backward pass or fumble: The
spot where the foul occurred or the spot where the
penalty is to be enforced.
(d) Succeeding spot: The spot where the ball next
would be put in play if no distance penalty were
to be enforced.
Exception: If foul occurs after a touchdown and
before the whistle for a try, succeeding spot is
spot of next kickoff.
2. All fouls committed by offensive team behind
the line of scrimmage (except in the end zone) shall
be penalized from the previous spot. If the foul
is in the end zone, it is a safety.
3. When spot of enforcement for fouls involving
defensive holding or illegal use of hands by the
defense is behind the line of scrimmage, any penalty
yardage to be assessed on that play shall be measured
from the line if the foul occurred beyond the line.