A unit of measurement that is equal to 3 feet or 36 inches. When expressed in metrics a yard is equal to 0.9144 metres. This is used in football to measure distance on the field and on plays.
In football yards are measured on the playing field as yard lines. Each yard line is marked every 10 yards across the playing field. The game is won in points however, yards are very important to the game as well. When a player on a team progresses down the field they gain yards. Yards gained are used as statistics in showing a player's abilities. Two ways that statistics are measured for yards is "yards from scrimmage" and "total offense". One major difference between the two is who receives credit for the yards gained. In "yards from scrimmage" the player receiving gets the credit and in "total offense" the player throwing the ball gets credit during a passing play. Both statistics give credit to the person running the ball during a running play.