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Flag Football

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Flag Football

Flag football is a non-physical approach to the game of football. Instead of tackling an opponent, you pull the flag attached to the person with the ball's belt to cause a stoppage in play. This was designed so that people can enjoy football without worrying about injuring themselves due to contact.

Flag Football - Basic Rules

Although rules for flag football may vary, here is an example of a typical league's rules.

  • A flag football field is usually around 60-80 yards long and 20-30 yards wide. The end zones are 10 yards long.
  • In flag football there are no kickoffs. Whoever wins the coin toss will start with the ball from their own five yard line and will have three plays to cross midfield. Once a team crosses midfield it has another three plays to score a touchdown or else the other team takes over possession from its own five yard line.
  • A flag football team consists of six players. Five of those players are allowed on the field at a time.
  • When a team is within five yards of a touchdown, they are not allowed to run the ball. They must use a passing play.
  • The flag football game consists of two halves that are 10-25 minutes in length.

Flag Football - Equipment

Unlike normal football, a lot less equipment is necessary to play flag football. Most participants wear non-metal cleats. The only other required piece of equipment is a special flag football belt where you place the flag. It's also a good idea to have good hands and fast feet!

Flag Football - Getting Involved

There are many different leagues for those interested in playing flag football. Youth leagues are open to kids five to 17 years old.

  • Click here to head to the NFL’s sponsored flag football league website.
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wreastlingfan619
i play tackle football
commented: Sat Jul 27, 2013

giantsjetsmets
I play flag football and there is a lot of smack talk but very fun I'm starting receiver
commented: Sat May 18, 2013

nikki nikki nikki
we play this at school at P.E
commented: Sat Dec 15, 2012

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