Published: August 31, 2008
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Eight-man vs. 11-Man
The number of players on the field isn't the only thing that's different in the eight-man and 11-man games. Here's a look at some of the other variations:

•"The Mercy Rule”: In eight-man ball, the game is over if a team leads by 45 points or more at halftime or at any point in the second half. In eight-man circles, this is sometimes called "45ing” an opponent.

•Field dimensions: The size of the field in eight-man football varies by state, but in Oklahoma, it is 100 yards long but only 40 yards wide, a little more than 13 yards narrower than the 11-man field. In some states, the field is only 80 yards long.

•Player formations: When the ball is snapped in eight-man, only five players must be on the line of scrimmage. All eight players, however, must be within 12 yards of the ball when it's snapped.

•Player eligibility: In eight-man, when the ball is snapped, both players at the end of the line of scrimmage become eligible receivers along with those legally behind the line. The center can also become an eligible receiver.

By Jenni Carlson



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