Flag Football rules

indoor Flag football rules 


Indoor Flag Football is played with five on-field players per team. The team that has possession of the ball is termed the offence and the team that doesn't is called the defence. The offence has three downs to reach half or score. If on the third down the offence does not score, the ball goes to the defence, which in turn, becomes the offence and they then have three downs to attempt to reach half or score. Offence consists of 5 receivers (4 + snapper)and the coach as QB. Defence consists of five defenders plus the coach rushing. All players must wear a belt with two flags at each side of their hips. Coaches do not wear flags. A game will consist of two halves (run time) with a 5 minute half time. When time expires at each half the team on offence will be allowed to finish their play.

Game play

  • Everyone on the Offence is considered an eligible receiver excluding the coach.
  • A coin toss will determine who starts with the ball. The coach winning the toss has the option of starting with the ball in the first or second half.
  • Offence starts with the ball will start on their own 5 yard dot.
  • Offence has 3 downs to reach half, if half is reached the Offence has 3 new downs from location of ball to score a touchdown.
  • If half is not gained or if a touchdown is not scored in 3 downs, ball is turned over and play begins from 5 yard dot.
  • A ball carrier is stopped when a flag has been removed from their belt.
  • Ball carriers are not allowed to block defending hands from pulling of their belts, a player is stopped at the spot they are blocking a defenders hand.
  • Each player is allowed one hand-off behind the line of scrimmage per game and can either run or throw to a team mate (excluding the coach).
  • Coaches are not allowed to run with the ball.
  • Defensive coach must count 5 steambos before rushing QB.
  • QB is sacked if tagged by the rushing coach.
  • Blocking is allowed, picks during a route are not allowed.
  • All other regular football rules apply including offsides & pass interference.


Touchdown = 6 points.

5 yard convert = 1 point

10 yard convert = 2 points

Safety = 2 points

General Information

Participants must consider the safety of all players in the game. Aggressive play must be tempered to avoid unnecessary body contact and the possibility of injury to opponents. Sportsmanship and consideration for the well-being of others is an integral part of the game.

The rules exist to ensure that no team creates an unfair advantage over the other team. Therefore, infractions such as interference, tripping, unnecessary roughness, contacting the passer, obstruction, offside, unsportsmanlike conduct and objectionable conduct will be called by the officials, when committed by players during a game. It is imperative that all participants display sportsmanship during a game.