3 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Flag Football

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 16:44

3 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Flag Football

We're studying up for our next trivia night and diving into facts about flag football. Here's a round up of interesting things we've learned: 

1. Flag Football was created on U.S. military bases. 

According to the multiple sources, variations of flag football were first played in the 1930’s and became all the rage on U.S. military bases during WWII. At the time, football players didn’t wear helmets or protective gear so flag football was the preferred game for servicemen so they could enjoy the sport without getting beat up before combat. When the servicemen returned to their hometowns after the war, they took flag football with them.
2. The National College Flag Football Championship has been hosted at the same college for 36 years.
From the 1950’s to the 70’s, flag football became more and more popular as neighborhoods groups and cities started social club leagues and intramural leagues infiltrated college campuses. The University of New Orleans hosted the first ever college flag football tournament in 1979 and has been the host of the National Collegiate Flag Football Championship every year since.
3. 20 million people play in flag football programs.

These days, flag football is more popular than ever and there are game variations for people of all ages. The game can be played with four to nine players per team with a range of field sizes depending on the available space.
CLUBWAKA created its first flag football league in 2013 in Annapolis, Maryland and now offers leagues in cities around the country. Most CLUBWAKA flag football teams play with eight players in the field and a minimum of 3 men and 3 women. 

Want to get in on the action? CLUBWAKA Flag Football league registration is open now! Sign up to play!

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