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Why NFL Flag?

NFL FLAG, a fun and accessible non-contact program available for girls and boys ages 4-14. With 1,600 locally operated leagues and over 500,000 youth athletes, NFL FLAG is the largest, most recognized flag football organization in the U.S.—and the only one where players wear official NFL gear.

Season Information

          Fall 2021 Season Details 

Registration: Registration is closed
Season:  8 weeks
When:         Practice and Play Monday nights
Season Start: Monday, September 13th, 2021
Season End: Monday, November 1st, 2021 (Playoffs)
Location: North Collier Regional Park

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NFL Flag Rules

The first rule of flag football is pretty straight forward: there’s no contact allowed. That includes tackling, diving, blocking, and screening. Instead, players wear flags that hang along their sides by a belt. To “tackle” the person in possession of the ball, the opposing team needs to pull one or both of their flags off.

While flag football rules are designed to keep players safe, you’ll find that they also create an engaging, fast-paced version of football without the physical contact. 

Here’s a list of basic flag football rules: 

  • All passes must be forward and received beyond the line of scrimmage

  • Only direct handoffs are permitted—there are no laterals or pitches anywhere on the field 

  • The quarterback has seven-second pass clock to get rid of the ball

  • The quarterback can’t run with the ball unless it was handed off first

  • Offensive players must steer clear of the rusher and may not get in his/her way

  • Any defensive player lined up seven yards off the line of scrimmage is eligible to rush

  • If the ball is handed off, any defender may rush

  • Interceptions are returnable (even on extra point attempts)

  • The ball is dead when it hits the ground, the offensive player’s flag is pulled from their belt, the ball-carrier steps out of bounds, or the ball-carrier’s body—outside of their hands or feet—touches the ground

  • All offensive flag football penalties result in a loss of down and yardage except for false start

  • All defensive flag football penalties result in an automatic first down and some are associated with yardage

NFL FLAG football is a non-contact sport. There’s no tackling, diving, blocking, screening or fumbles.


Game is played 5 vs. 5 on a 25’X70’ field.
Game is comprised of two 20-minute halves using a running clock. 
The clock will stop only for time outs and injuries. 
The clock will also stop for the final minute of a game on time outs, incomplete passes, running out of bounds, injuries and defensive penalties.

Dead ball offensive penalties (false start, offsides, illegal motion, delay of game or illegal procedure) do NOT result in loss of down.  All of these penalties are 5 yard penalties. Clock will restart on snap.

Overtime rules are the same as defined by NFL Flag Rules Book but will continue with one play from the 10-yard line from the 3rd OT until a winner is determined.

Mercy Rule

If a team gets up by 28 points in a game then the Mercy Rule will take effect.  The team that is up by 28 points is no longer allowed to blitz on defense or pass on offense.  The losing team will also start the ball on the opponents 10-yard line until they reach a point differential less than 28.  If the point differential falls below 28 points then normal rules of play go back into effect.  This rule is not optional.

6 & Under Division ONLY:
- 5-yard neutral zone from line of scrimmage (LOS).  Defenders must be at least 5 yards off the LOS.  This neutral zone will NOT
be enforced if the offense is within 5 yards of the goal line or midfield. 
- NO blitzing.  
- Defense must remain on their side of the LOS at all times  
- Side snaps are allowed
- 40-second play clock from ready
- Coach can remain on field at all times.  Defensive coach must stand at least 10 yards behind the safety

8 & Under Division ONLY:
- Blitzers must start at least 10 yards from the LOS.
- Coach can remain on field at all times.  Defensive coach must stand at least 10 yards behind the safety



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