American Football
Handsignale (NFL -Spielregeln)


The hand signals and explanations on this page are part of the highly
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Arms and hands extended straight above head, CAPTION, Touchdown, Field Goal Good, or Extra Point Good

Palms of hands placed together above head, CAPTION, Safety

Arms crossed and uncrossed at waist level, CAPTION, Penalty Refused, Incomplete Pass or Missed Field Goal

Arm pointed in the offensive direction of a team that achieved a first down, CAPTION, First Down

Arms crossed and uncrossed above head to instruct the timer to stop the game clock, CAPTION, Time Out

Arms swung in circular motion to instruct the timer to start the game clock, CAPTION, Time In

Arms extended to one side and moved up and down, CAPTION, Touchback

Chop to the back of one hand above the head. This preceeds the signal for the specific personal foul, CAPTION, Personal Foul

Hands placed behind the neck to indicate a penalized offensive team gets one less down, CAPTION, Loss of Down

Back of knee chopped with an open hand, CAPTION, Clipping

Arms folded and extended in front of the chest, CAPTION, Delay of Game

Both hands placed on the hips, CAPTION, Encroachment or Offside

Arms rotated around each other in front of the chest, CAPTION, False Start

Wrist of one fisted hand grabbed by the other hand, CAPTION, Holding

Hand strikes leg above the knee, CAPTION, Illegal Cut

Arm swung from in front of the chest out to one side, CAPTION, Illegal Motion

Wrist of one hand grabbed by the other hand, CAPTION, Illegal Use of Hands

Hand placed on top of head, CAPTION, Ineligible receiver, ineligible member of kicking team downfield

Slanted chop towards the ground with both hands, CAPTION, Intentional Grounding

Two open hands extended in front of the chest, CAPTION, Pass Interference

Kicking Motion with one foot, CAPTION, Roughing the Kicker

One foot placed behind the other, CAPTION, Tripping

Arms extended out to the sides, CAPTION, Unsportsmanlike Conduct