One of the largest sports in American history has to be American Football. It’s known for its exciting gameplay, but also rough characteristics. Luckily, for us an easier version called Flag Football has been created that makes for a great playground game.
The Football game had already become popular during the 1800s, and was played in colleges especially. There are several national and international tournaments held, but also at many local football clubs.
If you have ever played football before, then learning how to play Flag Football should be pretty easy for you! If you haven’t played football before, don’t worry! We have got you covered, just by following these simple Flag Football rules, you will turn into a champion before the game is over.
Flag Football Requirements:
You will need a large field so that there is enough space for everyone to play. You must mark off end zones on each side of the field and renting our yard cones will do the trick. Don;t forget to gather a bunch of friends to play with you. Divide them up into teams of 4 – preferably 9 players per side. If you are running short on players, divide your players equally amongst 2 teams. Also, be sure to attached different colored flags to each member of a team. You will also need a timer as most games are 40 minutes long, stopping the clock only for timeouts or half-time (1 minute).
How to Play Flag Football:
Flip a coin to decide which team should go first. The team that goes first will place the ball on the opponent's 5 yard line.
From there, each team will have 3 chances to get the ball to the middle of the field. If this occurs, the team gets another 3 chances to score a touchdown. A touchdown is scored when a player places the ball in the other team's end zone.
If the team cannot cross to the midfield in 3 tries, the other team will have possession and try to do the same thing as mentioned above.
Instead of tackeling a player, you must pull the receiver's flag. Once the flag has been pulled, the play ends.
Scoring Flag Football is similar to the normal game of football. Touchdowns are 6 points. Points can also be accumulated after touchdowns, where the ball is placed on the opponents' 5-yard line. This counts as 1 point.
In Flag Football, there is no kicking since this is a non-contact sport. Rules can be altered if all players agree.
Flag Football Game Variations:
It would be a great idea for you to involve all your friends and their families to create your own Flag Football Superbowl. Make it an outdoor activity by providing snacks, drinks, and letting teams compete against each other until you reach the ‘final’.