How to Play Flag Football

Touch football is a fun, pickup form of football that many young schoolboys continue to play on the playgrounds of schools around the United States. This form of football wasn’t able to go to the next level of competition due to the arguments that would ensue over whether or not a player had been “tackled” or downed by his opponent. As a result of one of these brouhahas, a young man developed a new twist on the sport and flag football came into being. The sport has grown to include players from many nations. This article presents a basic, middle-of-the-road methodology of how to play flag football.

The layout of the field and the equipment needed is defined in other articles by this author. Our focus here is to present basic play of the game of flag football.

The object of the game is for each team to advance the football when they are in possession of it to their corresponding end zones to score a touchdown. The advance of the ball is usually done in a series of plays or “downs” that are counted through zones of twenty yards each. A series of downs is when the offensive team advances to the next zone. The offensive team has four consecutive opportunities or “downs” to make that advancement. If they fail to do so, they forfeit the ball to the other team who then has the opportunity to advance to their next zone within four downs.

Some leagues have a no contact rule while others have contact. For this article we will discuss the “contact version” of play. The only real form of contact is blocking. To block is to obstruct the opponent by contacting him anywhere between the waist and neck while the blocker’s feet remain in contact with ลงทุนกับ UFABET the ground. There is no cross body blocking or downfield blocking done by the offensive players. It is not permissible for a player to run in advance of the ball carrier to screen or obstruct the defense from his teammate carrying the ball.

General play includes running the ball and pass plays. A ball carrier can advance toward his goal line until an opponent pulls one of his flags. At that point he is considered down and the ball is placed on the field at that position and down is removed from that team’s series of four downs within that zone. If the ball carrier is able to reach the next scrimmage zone before his flag is pulled, he will have gained four more downs for his team to continue advancing the ball toward the goal line.

The game consists of two time periods for a total of sixty minutes. These two time periods, or halves, are each divided into two equal fifteen-minute quarters. The game begins with a kickoff that is a free kick. The elected defensive squad makes the free kick to the offensive squad of the opposing team. Time begins when the ball touches a player legally. Each time a down occurs the game clock is stopped until the offensive squad snaps the ball again.