FLAG Flag Football Official Rules

Rule Book

FLAG Flag Football uses the National Gay Flag Football Rulebook with the following modifications:

  • Field size: The field will be rectangular with dimensions: 60 yards by 30 yards (plus two end zones of 7 yards deep).
  • The game consists of two halves of 20 minutes. During the first 18 minutes of each half, the clock will only stop for officials’ timeouts. During the last 2 minutes of each half the clock will be operated according to high school football rules.
  • Each team is allotted three player timeouts per game (with no more than two occurring in the same half). Player timeouts do not stop the game clock during the first 18 minutes of each half.
  • There may be up to a 5-minute intermission between the halves (“half time”) when time allows.
  • If a team is ahead by 20 or more points with two minutes or less remaining during a game, then the trailing captain can elect to end the game early. If the trailing captain wishes to continue playing, the final 2 minutes will be played with a running clock.
  • An offense may have 8 players on the field during a huddle, so long as the 8th player exits the huddle, raises their hand while leaving the field, and clears the field before the ball is snapped.
    • Penalty: Illegal substitution (dead ball foul) – 5 yard penalty
  • There is no kicking (references to fair catches, punts, and free kicks are to be ignored).
    • Prior to the expiration of the play clock on any down, the team currently in possession of the football may elect to surrender possession. As a result of this action, their opponents will take over possession 30 yards in advance of the succeeding spot. If such an advance results in spotting the ball in or behind a goal line, a touchback will be awarded.
  • The possession following a 2-point safety will begin at midfield.
  • Overtime possessions (only used in tournament play weekends) starts with a 1st and Goal from the 10-yard line.

Video tutorials

An important responsibility of the leadership of the league is to make sure that all members understand the rules of the game. So, for your convenience, we’ve put together a few brief video tutorials to help clarify some of the more frequently misunderstood rules of the game. Please take a minute to watch each of these videos so you know exactly what to do – and not do – on the fields.


Bull Rushing

Flag Etiquette

Flag Guarding

Ineligible Receivers