Irish American Football Association

Flag Football

Fast, Fun and Furious – that’s Flag Football. Flag Football is the fastest growing format of the game on the Emerald Isle, encompassing schools, colleges, and the community. Flag Football is the non-contact version of American Football where tackles are made by pulling off a flag which is worn by all players. Everyone can play regardless of fitness level, experience or gender.

The game retains the same
principles as the contact game with offensive teams having four attempts (downs) to reach a certain point on the field with the defensive team seeking to halt their progress. If a team succeeds in reaching the endzone they score 6 points and have the option to add a further 1 or 2 points with an extra play. 1 extra point sees the play start 5 yards from the endzone, 2 extra points sees the play start 12 yards from the endzone. The league is organised into four divisions (Dublin, Munster, Midlands and Ulster) and each division has its own schedule with some cross divisional games as well. At the end of the season, the division champions will compete for the National Championship or Emerald Bowl.

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