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NFL Penalties and Yardage


Below is a list of some of the most popular NFL penalties along with the yardage of each penalty. If you click on the name of each penalty, it will give you the description of the penalty, the complete yardage information for both the NFL and College Football and the signal the referee uses.


Penalty Yards
Blocking Below the Waist 15 Yards and Automatic First Down
Block in the Back 10 Yards
Chop Block 15 Yards and Automatic First Down
Clipping 15 Yards and Automatic First Down
Delay of Game 5 Yards
Encroachment 5 Yards
Facemask 15 Yards and Automatic First Down
False Start 5 Yards
Helmet to Helmet Hit 15 Yards and Automatic First Down
Holding Offense 10 Yards - Defense 5 Yards Automatic First Down
Horse Collar Tackle 15 Yards and Automatic First Down
Illegal Formation 5 Yards
Illegal Forward Pass 5 Yards from Spot of Foul and Loss of Down
Illegal Motion 5 Yards
Illegal Substitution 5 Yards
Ineligible Receiver Downfield 5 Yards
Intentional Grounding 10 Yards or Spot of Foul(Whichever is Farther Back) and Loss of Down
Offside 5 Yards
Pass Interference Offense 10 Yards - Defense Spot of Foul(1 Yard Line if in End Zone)
Personal Foul 15 Yards and Automatic First Down
Roughing the Passer 15 Yards and Automatic First Down
Roughing the Kicker 15 Yards and Automatic First Down
Unsportsmanlike Conduct 15 Yards and Automatic First Down