The game of flag football is a fast-paced, non-contact game played between teams of five players. “Tackles” are made by pulling the flag out of the belt. All physical contact is heavily monitored for the safety of the players. Through flag football, players learn the value of teamwork and leadership.

Flag football is a fall sport where athletes train and compete from August to October.  


General Information

The Official Special Olympics Sports Rules for flag football shall govern all Special Olympics competitions. View the most updated Flag Football Rules.

Article 1 provides general principles established by the Special Olympics Official General Rules that are not found in sport-specific rules. When there is conflict between a sport’s official rules and the general rules, the general rules in Article 1 will be followed.


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Special Olympics New Jersey strives to provide additional sport training to our athletes so that they are at their best when it comes time for training and competition.


Additional Flag Football Information


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