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 one of two flags worn by all players. Everyone can play regardless of fitness level, experience or gender. Playing Flag Football is an excellent way to exercise and stay in shape. While being an alternative to American Football, you are constantly running, sprinting, tumbling and tossing the ball – all in just one play. No matter at what level you play Flag Football, you are bound to get a workout. Flag Football is the perfect sport for young players who’d like to go on to American Football at an older age and for adult players interested in keeping fit and having fun.
How to score?
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.
Flag Football Ireland
Flag Football Ireland currently runs a mixed league (Emerald Bowl Conference). The league runs on a blitz format over several scheduled dates. At the end of the season, the the tops teams will compete for the National Championship or Emerald Bowl. There are teams in most parts of the country, some affiliated to kitted clubs and others independent.
We also are also beginning to introduce the sport to schools and are keen on having an all-women’s league in partnership with the Women in Sport programme, both of which are supported by the Irish Sports Council.
What if you want to get involved without playing
Flag Football Ireland are working on catering for fans of the game who would rather be involved in coaching and officiating. We are finishing writing up coaching and officiating courses to be delivered in Winter 2018.
Flag Football Ireland is ran by a committee under the direction of the IAFA board.