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special team (plural special teams)

  1. (American football) A group of football players with special assignments for plays other than standard offensive and defensive plays, those involving kicking.
  2. (ice hockey) A group of ice hockey players most often used during power plays consisting of more defensive players than usual on the team that was penalized in hopes of killing the penalty, or more offensive players than usual on the team with the advantage in players to increase the chance of scoring a goal.