How many men have to be on the offensive line in football?
There always must be at least 7 men ‘on the line’ in football.
The ‘line’ is the line of scrimmage which is an imaginary line where the referees decide the ball is placed on the field. You will here people use the word ‘spot’ in this situation too. It is just another term for where they put the brown oblong thing these guys like to toss around. After each play where the guy with the ball is tackled, the referee has to make a split second decision on where the ball should be spotted. He has to take into consideration many rules and a pile of 300 pound men. It’s not always easy but they get it right most of the time.
Great Date Line: After a play where it looks like the guy got further than where the referee placed the ball, you can say,
“oh, what a horrible spot! That ref needs glasses!”
Usually this happens on 3rd down when the team doesn’t get a first down but got really close. Now they have to punt.