American Football

American football is an adapted non-kitted version of the NFL game. Known as Flag Football, it is a safe, non-contact version that schools all around the world take part in, designed to suit all abilities.
American Football

What is American football?

Flag Football is an inclusive, non-contact invasion game that develops agility, balance, and coordination. The game is suitable for Year 3 upwards, and has been appropriately matched with the School Games mission to place positive experiences and enjoyment at the core of its offer.

The objective of the game is two-part; the defensive team must prevent the ball from reaching the goalpost by removing the belt tags from ball-carrying players on the offensive team, whilst the offensive team must avoid the defensive players to get the ball through the goalposts.

Find out more about how to play American football.

Equipment needed

  • American footballs
  • Tag belts
  • Cones
  • A suitable large space outdoors (e.g. playing field)

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The School Games is inclusive to all young people and provides opportunities for everyone to get involved, either within school, against other local schools, or at county or regional level.

School Games Organisers

School Games Organisers (SGO) help schools coordinate appropriate competitive opportunities for all young people from Key Stage 2-4, to recruit, train and deploy a suitable workforce, and to support the development of club.

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