Flag football is a sport that is extremely similar to American football, but with less body contact. Tackling is a big part of football, and is used in order to down a player. In flag football, players pull flags off of a players flag belt to down them.
The defense must attempt to prevent the offense from scoring points. They do this by not allowing the offense to travel down the field towards the endzone. They can also score points if they get an interception and run to the other team's endzone, or force a safety.
- Guarding a flag
- Illegal removing of flags
How Many Players are on a Flag Football Team?
The number of players on a flag football team can vary depending on the competition and how many players are available. Most often, a flag football team has somewhere from five to seven players, although there are teams consisting of anywhere from four to eleven players.
Some flag football competitions have regulations regarding the number of players a team can have on the roster and bench. In many youth competitions, teams are encouraged to be smaller so that more kids can get adequate playing time.
Unlike American or Canadian football, flag football competitions are generally less strict on rules and regulations. If a player needs a rest, the odds are their team will be able to continue with one less player for the time being.