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flag football

Flag Football is a fast-paced, non-contact form of American Football played by teams of 5 on small fields. The game focuses on passing and catching skills and is the best way to develop young players before they begin playing contact American Football.

Flag Football Rules

View the link opposite to educate yourself on the rules of flag football

Flag Football For Schools and community groups

If you are interested in Flag Football introduction at your school or in your community fill out the form here.

Flag Competitions

NZAFF, and affiliated clubs, host various competitions around New Zealand, in conjunction with local clubs and regions.

Most of the competitions are shortened forms of the game so that a tournament can be completed on one day and are “open” and “invitation” which means that membership of NZAFF is not a requirement and that teams can be made up of any age group or gender.

Watch the "What's On" calendar for events across the country


These resources are available to help you develop and enjoy the game.  These resources are free to download and/or print.

  1. The video on this page gives a simplified, introduction on how to play Flag Football.

  2. Skills and Drills are here.  These will show you the FUNdamentals of the game.

  3. American Football Canterbury have developed a full teaching plan (here) with lesson plans that you can use to help players develop.


You can find references to more advanced Flag Football resources here.

Watch this short video on how to play Flag Football

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