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September 2004

September 2004


Landmarks: The Foundation of Zone Coverage

by: Mark Miller
© September 2004

Zone coverage contains one simple fact that is often over looked. You are defending zones of the field. As such, you must have a base knowledge about the depth and width of what you are defending. I call this the geometry of football.

A football field has specific landmarks. The playing surface is 53 & 1/3 yards wide and 100 yards long with two scoring areas, the end zones, at either end. Each end zone is 10 yards deep.

Hash marks represent a landmark system where the ball is placed and approximately 80% of the game is executed. These hash marks are 20 yards from either sideline. The area in between the hashes is 13 & 1/3 yards wide.

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