In American play, when a ball is fumbled out of bounds, the last team to have clear possession of the football is awarded possession, unless the ball goes out of the back or side of the end zone. Penalties may occur before a play starts such as offsideduring the play such as holdingor in a dead-ball situation such as unsportsmanlike conduct.
A loose ball may be kicked forward dribbled provided it is then recovered by a player who is onside at the time of said kick. Only recently have national sports television channels fully capitalized on this rule; sincethe ESPN family of networks usually the sub-networks ESPN2ESPNU and online broadcaster ESPN3although the main channel also shows occasional games has aired regular season matchups between nationally ranked teams under the High School Showcase banner.
Multiple such kicks may be attempted on the same play. A player could carry the ball only when being pursued. In postseason games, there are multiple minute periods until a winner is decided. Each team will play 18 regular season games.