Basic Flag Football Rules: Part 2
Find fun, easy ways to modify the rules so anyone can learn how to play flag football.
HOW TO PLAY FLAG FOOTBALL: Part 1
The game lasts 44 minutes and is split into two 22-minute halves. The clock runs continuously during the entire first half and during the first 20 minutes of the second half. During the last 2 minutes of the game, the clock is stopped when the ball is dead.
Flag Football RulesOvertime
If the game is tied at the end of regulation time, an overtime period is played. There is another coin toss called by the home team to determine who will get the ball and which way each team will go.
Each team will have a chance to score from the 10-yard line with a series of 4 downs. If the score is still tied after each team has had an attempt to score, the process is repeated until there is a winner.
Flag Football RulesFouls and Penalties
A player may not contact a pass receiver in an attempt to keep him from catching the ball. Also, a pass receiver can’t be touched or have his flag pulled before he catches the pass.
It isn’t pass interference if 2 players make a simultaneous and genuine attempt to catch or knock down a pass. If the pass interference by the defense is intentional, the defense is penalized 10 yards.
Personal Fouls - Players are not allowed to:
It is legal to obstruct an opponent without using any part of the body to make contact.
The blocker must have their hands and arms at their sides or behind their back.
A screen blocker cannot use his arms, hands, elbows, legs or body to initiate contact. If they do, they are called for a personal foul.
Screen blockers may not:
Stiff arming is not allowed and is considered a personal foul.
Obstructing the Runner
A defensive player is not allowed to hold, grab, or obstruct the forward movement of a runner with the ball when attempting to pull the runner’s flag.
Flag Football RulesModifications
Depending on the number of players you have, the age and skill level of the players, and the type of equipment and playing area you have available, you will probably need to modify the flag football rules to fit your needs.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
These are just a few of the ways you can you can modify the basic flag football rules to fit your circumstances. I've had plenty of fun pick-up football games with just a handful of players on the street in front of my house.
That's one of the great things about learning how to play flag football. The rules can be as flexible as you need them to be!
To find more fun kids sports activities that include modified football games, check out our list of free kids games.