About Field Goal Distance Calculator (Formula)
The field goal distance calculator is a tool used to determine the distance of a field goal attempt in American football. The formula used to calculate the field goal distance is:
FGD = SG + 17
- FGD is the Field Goal Distance (yards)
- SG is the distance from the scrimmage line to the goal line (yds)
To calculate the distance of a field goal attempt, you add 17 yards to the distance from the scrimmage line to the goal line. This accounts for the distance from the end of the line of scrimmage to the back of the end zone, which is 17 yards in the NFL and most levels of college football.
In American Football, a field goal is a means of scoring points. The goal of a field goal is to kick the ball through the uprights of the opponent’s goal post.
Field goals are worth 3 points and are typically attempted when the offensive team is close to the opponent’s end zone but unable to score a touchdown.