Tackle 101

Flag football is played with two teams of 5-8 players who attempt to score points by moving the ball down the field across the goal line. The team with the most points at the end of regulation time is the winner.

The object of the game

The main purpose of the game is to score more points than the opposing team (see Scoring).

  • A team scores by running and passing the ball down the field into the designated end zone or by kicking a field goal.
  • Any time the team is running or passing the ball, they are using their own designed plays.
  • These pre-planned plays are intended to gain first downs for the offense and allow them to maintain the ball.
  • Each play begins with the offensive line from one team and the defensive line from the other facing each other along an imaginary line called the line of scrimmage. The play begins when one player (the centre) snaps (snapping) the ball to another (the quarterback).
A play ends when:

  1. A player possessing the football is tackled in bounds
  2. A player possessing the football goes out of bounds
  3. The football is thrown forward and is not caught by anyone
  4. A team scores by reaching the end zone for a touchdown or kicking a field goal
  5. 5. The football is kicked and goes out of bounds

Components of Football


The object of the offence is to move the ball down the field and to score points. The offence consists of a combination of:
  • 5 offensive linemen
  • 7 backs, which include the quarterback, running back, slotbacks and wide receivers


The object of defence is to stop the opposing offence from moving the football downfield and scoring. A team’s defence is made up of different players than the offence. The defence is 12 men made up of any combination of defensive linemen, linebackers and defensive backs.
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Special Teams

“Special teams” is a term used to describe all of the units on a football team that are not a team’s basic offence and defence. The special teams are comprised mostly of the same players that make up the offensive and defensive teams with a few additions.