red zonered zone
Football that portion of the playing field within 20 yards of the defender's goal line: term used when an offensive play or series begins here
An unmarked area between the 20-yard-line and the goal line at either end of the field, used especially in evaluating a team's ability to exploit or thwart scoring situations.
Origin of red zoneFrom the association of the color red with danger or situations requiring attention
(plural red zones)
- (American football) The area extending twenty yards from the end zone, where a team in possession of the ball is expected to score.
- (California) An area of a street where the curb has been painted red, indicating that stopping, standing or parking is prohibited at that spot (except, in some places, for buses).