Go All Out in Madden NFL 21’s The Yard

Our first experiences with football are usually in the backyard. The playground is also home to many of the fondest of football memories; where end zones are the end of a parking lot or a treeline and Mississippi isn’t just a place, but a rule. These feelings, and the fun they represent, live on past the backyard in flag football, 7-on-7 drills, and improvisation of downtime during practice. The Yard is built to make that feeling a reality in Madden. Where you can pick up a ball, be anyone, line up anywhere, and play both sides of the ball. The rules and goals may change depending on where you play, but the game is always the same – how can you keep the play going and create amazing moments. Best of all, your Avatar is at the center of the experience, and how you express yourself is everything. That is what drove us to build this experience. We wanted to give you a place in Madden where you were at the center of it all: how you look, how you progress, and how you play. So how did they translate the gameplay of the backyard into Madden NFL 21? Let’s go over some of the unique rules you will find in The Yard. The first thing you will notice is the field. It is 80 yards by 40 yards. Like flag football, first downs are granted by passing the 20-yard markers. Double Passes – When you are behind the line of scrimmage in The Yard, all passes are legal, as many times as you want. We call this Double Pass, and you will notice that the receiver icons are always on in The Yard. Once you are past the line of scrimmage, you can pass behind you as often as you’d like. We’ve even added in a “one-timer” mechanic that allows you to bat a ball in the air to another receiver. While the ball is in the air, hold LT or L2 and press any receiver button.


The Yard has a special scoring system that rewards the type of creative play-making that makes the game special.
  • Touchdowns are worth the traditional six points, but…
    • Score a touchdown with a double pass or lateral – two bonus points
    • Score a touchdown longer than 40 yards – one bonus point
  • Interceptions earn you one bonus point.
  • Extra Points are up to you. You can choose to try one, two, or three-point conversions that get progressively further away from the goal line and kicking is never an option.
For the full rundown of what The Yard in Madden NFL 21 is all about, Head on over to the Gridiron Notes.