Football Challenge Flags

Chapter 11.2

Did you know that the head coach can challenge a ruling made by the referee in a football game? Get ready to learn about the challenge flag in football.


We've already learned about the officials and the referee in past chapters. They are responsible for interpreting the rulebook and giving penalties to players and teams when the rules are broken.

Challenge Flags

If the head coach believes the ruling on the field by the referee was incorrect, they can throw a red flag onto the field called the challenge flag.

Instant Replay

A challenge flag requires a review of the previous play through something called instant-replay. Instant replay is technology in lots of sports around the world that allows for the officials and fans to see the previous scrimmage down from various angles and perspectives. This helps the referee to ultimately make his final decision. You'd be amazed at how much slow-motion and a different perspective adds to a football game.

Challenge Flag Rules

Here are the rules of challenge flags:

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