Spot of Enforcement of Foul
1. There are four basic spots at which a penalty for a
foul is enforced:
(a) Spot of foul: The spot where the foul is committed.
(b) Previous spot: The spot where the ball was put in
(c) Spot of snap, backward pass or fumble: The spot
where the foul occurred or the spot where the penalty is
to be enforced.
(d) Succeeding spot: The spot where the ball next would
be put in play if no distance penalty were to be
Exception: If foul occurs after a touchdown and before
the whistle for a try, succeeding spot is spot of next
2. All fouls committed by offensive team behind the line
of scrimmage (except in the end zone) shall be penalized
from the previous spot. If the foul is in the end zone,
it is a safety.
3. When spot of enforcement for fouls involving
defensive holding or illegal use of hands by the defense
is behind the line of scrimmage, any penalty yardage to
be assessed on that play shall be measured from the line
if the foul occurred beyond the line.