Every effort has been made by rule and appropriate penalty to eliminate contact, roughness, injury, unfair tactics and
un-sportsmanlike conduct. Rules alone, however, cannot accomplish this end without the thorough understanding of
the basic objectives of football. The complete cooperation of all coaches, players and officials is vital to the
continued success of WAKA Social Sports Flag Football .
● 8 Players on the field, 5 males/3 females – You can play with a minimum of 6 players, at least 2 female and never
more than 5 males.
● Each week WAKA will provide referee’s for each game
● Each player on the field (8 offensive and 8 defensive) must wear two (2), official FC Sports Football Flags provided
by the league.
● Two 20 minute halves
● 80 yard field marked at 20 yard intervals.1st down at the start of a drive at the beginning of each half or after a score, is from the 10-yard line, so the first 1st down is only a 10-yard drive requirement (to the 20).
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● 6 point touchdowns and a choice of 1 or 2 extra points on PAT’s (3 yds for 1Pt., 10 yds for 2Pts)
● Teams must use a female as an operative play within 3 consecutive downs. An open play will be called if not a girl play is not required.
● Running clock
● Tie-Breaker: There will be one possession per team to solve the dispute; if no points are scored the team that goes
the furthest is the winner. If distance and score match after one round of overtime per team the game will results in a
● Referee or Line Judge is responsible for counting out the rush count, counting to 5,
● The rush will be as follows: 1-1000, 2-1000, 3-1000, 4-1000, 5-1000, GO!! Defense may rush on the word Go.
● There is no contact at or behind the line of scrimmage
● Receivers only need one foot inbounds to record a catch.
● Any rule may be modified before the start of the game if agreed upon by both teams as well as all officials. 
Each player on the field (8 offensive and 8 defensive) must wear two (2), official FC Sports Football Flags provided
by the league. The wearing of any type Flag other than those provided by the league is strictly prohibited. All flags
will be worn at the waist, one on each side. The flag belt itself must be worn snug around the waist to eliminate
being turned partially around the waist during an attempted de-flagging. If a player’s flag falls off, he is still live
until which time he is touched with one hand or two, or the other flag is pulled.
The use of any unyielding hard substances on the hand, wrist, forearm or elbow, no matter how covered or padded,
will not be permitted. Padded knee braces or any soft protective pad is permissible.
Teams can either play with their regulation size ball or with the ball offered via the league.
The start of the game begins with the official Rock, Paper Scissors match (one and done.) Winner receives the choice of offense
or defense.
The beginning of each half will start at the offenses own 10 yard line. Play shall begin 1st down and “Line to
Gain”. After each score or PAT, the ball shall be put into play by placing the ball on the 10 yd line of the offensive team. Play shall begin 1st down and “Line to Gain”. There are no Kickoffs
● Players must be 21 years of age or older to participate.
● Eligible players are those players who are registered and on your roster.
● All eligible players must wear league T-shirt of the same color as the rest of the members of the team.
● At all times the responsibility of player eligibility will rest with the team Captain.
● It is up to coaches to play ALL of their players. Please do not hold players out of a game. Remember the purpose ofthe league.
● If a team captain KNOWINGLY sneaks an ineligible player into a game at any time, the game played with the
ineligible player will automatically be forfeited. If this violation occurs during the playoffs, the team is
automatically disqualified from continuing post-season play.
Note: Teams may pick no more than 2 league registered players to field a legal team
Injured players, who require a Referee timeout in order to be administered to, must leave the playing field
(assisted or unassisted) as soon as they are able. They may NOT return to the playing field until after the
completion of the next play from scrimmage.
Note: If a player’s injury does not require Referee or Immediate medical attention, he/she is free to make their own choice
on whether or not to leave the playing field.
Any player who is bleeding MUST leave the playing field immediately. A bleeding player may not return to
the playing field until, if applicable, their bleeding has been stopped, is under control and is securely covered
by a bandage, gauze or other applicable medical covering.
• Players receiving a Rough Play or Cursing game penalty will be issued an ejection warning.
• Players receiving (2) Rough Play or Cursing game penalties will be ejected from the game.
• Any player ejected for fighting is ineligible for the remainder of the season.
• Ejected player(s) must completely leave the field and parking area.
Teams have 10 minutes past the designated start time to field a legal team. Shorthanded teams may play a legal
game with 6 players, with at least 2 of them being females.
At the end of the coin toss, an initial game-time warning whistle will be sounded by the Referee and “Captains,
take the field” will be announced. The game clock starts 2 minutes immediately following the warning whistle.
● At the end of the 2 minute game-time warning, the Referee will sound the “Play Ball” whistle.
● Any team not ready to field a minimum team at the sound of the “Play Ball” whistle can be forced to forfeit said game at the discretion of the referee.
● All forfeits will be recorded as 7—0.
● Forfeited games will not negatively affect the post-season eligibility of any teams that win by forfeit.
● If you have enough players to field a full team, then you cannot pick up any subs!
All player protests must be handled by the team captain and must be directed to the Referee immediately
following the play in question. Once the next play begins by the center snap of the offensive team, a protest
option is forfeited.
● All players must wear the officially issued WAKA T-shirt for the current season and league.
● No article of clothing may cover any portion of a player’s flag.
● All players must wear shoes. Removable metal cleats, track spikes, or any shoes that have steel or
metal tips are prohibited.
● No jewelry may be worn on any player’s arm or neck.
● No incoming substitutions shall be made on the field when the ball is in play.
● Substitutions must be made on the same sideline the entire game
● If you have enough players to field a full team, then you cannot pick up any subs!
● Games are played in two 20 minute halves with one 5 minute half time.
● The 2 minute warning will be announced by the referees beginning with the last 2 minutes of each half
● The clock will be continuous in the first half stopping only for time outs and injuries.
● The game clock will stop at the 2-minute warning in the second half and 8 plays (PATs included) will be played. The play clock will continue to run. 
● If a team is losing by 20 or more points at the arrival of the 2-minute warning in the second half, the clock doesn’t stop, the game will continue as normal. 
● The field captain or QB may request the amount of time left in the game from the official at any time
• Each team will be given a single one-minute timeout per half. Unused timeouts carry over to the next half.
• If a team declares a PUNT or P.A.T. choice and then changes their mind, they must use a timeout to change the decision.
• If a team has no timeouts remaining, the original PUNT or P.A.T. decision stands.
• The referee may call an official timeout at any point in the game.
Half times will last a maximum of 5 minutes. Half time may be reduced to less than 5 minutes if agreed upon by both teams or at the discretion of the Referee.
After the official marks the ball “ready for play”, or the snapper places or holds the ball at the line of scrimmage, the offense will have 30 seconds to put the ball into play or
else be penalized 5 yards for delay of game.
• It is not necessary for a team to huddle before play begins.
• Audibles or predetermined plays may be used without huddling.
• During an ‘audible’ or ‘no huddle offense’ situation, substitutions must be announced.
Only one player at a time is allowed in motion. The movements of the ‘In Motion’ player must be parallel OR
away from the line of scrimmage. At the center snap, the in-motion player must be:
• Still in a continuous motion running parallel to OR away from the line of scrimmage.
• In a stopped, set position.

Encroachment (Off-sides) shall be called when either the defense or offense is guilty of passing over the line of
scrimmage before the ball is snapped.
• A false movement of the football by the center shall constitute offensive encroachment.
• Encroachment is a dead ball foul. The play shall be immediately whistled dead before play begins and (5)
five yards shall be marked off against the encroaching team, repeat down.
Note - The opposing team may choose to decline the penalty.
Four downs shall be allowed in which to advance the football into the next zone. The zone shall be considered
exacted when any part of the ball carriers hips touches or is advanced farther than the line marking the next
zone or, in this case, the “line-to-gain”.
• The “line-to-gain” refers to the next zone line the offense must advance the football or past in order to gain
a 1st down. If after four consecutive downs, a team has failed to advance the ball into the next zone,
possession shall go to the defense at that spot. (The ball may be punted on 4th down of offense chooses)
• Five players must be on the line at the moment the ball is snapped.
• All defensive players must be a least 1 yd. off the line of scrimmage.
Only screen blocking is permitted. Screening is accomplished by quickness and agility; never by force. Screen
blocking is defined as obstructing the rusher’s path to the QB or ball carrier. Offensive players can't move in advance of or adjacent to the runner once the ball carrier is beyond the line of scrimmage. Intentionally impeding a defensive player's path to the ball carrier will result in a penalty. Intent will be determined by referees.
• Screening is only permitted behind the line of scrimmage.
• No downfield screening is allowed.
• A screener may not leave his/her feet to screen or not dive into the rusher.
• Screener’s motion may be parallel to or away from the line of scrimmage.
• The screener may NOT move towards the line of scrimmage.
• Hooking the rusher with knees, elbows, shoulders, hips or head is PROHIBITIED.
• Leaning into a rusher is PROHIBITED.
Although the above method of screening cuts down on excessive contact by the screener, it nevertheless places
the screener in a very vulnerable position: therefore, the main responsibility of avoiding contact rest with the RUSHER.
● The rusher is not allowed to make contact with the blocker or create space with their hands.
● The rusher may not run over the screener.
● The rusher may not pull the screener toward him or push the screener away from him.
● A penalty will be called if the rusher touches the screener’s head as long as the screener is screening upright.
● If the rusher touches the QB’s head in his attempt to block a pass, a penalty will be called.
● Roughing the passer will be called when the rusher, while attempting to deflag the QB or block a pass, lets his
momentum carry him into the passer.
● Rushers or defenders may NOT have any contact with the passer while he is passing.
● Rushers may NOT hit the QB’s passing arm.
● The defensive team may rush as many players as it chooses.
No blocking is allowed this includes downfield “blocking” during an offensive play and a returned punt; a
penalty will be called on any offensive player moving along with the ball carrier. No contact is allowed at the
line of downfield by any defensive player guarding a receiver (hand checking or bump and run). All players
must try to avoid contact. Offensive players may run behind the player with the ball to receive a lateral, but not
in front of parallel, doing so results in a 10yd penalty from the point of infraction and loss of down.
A lateral will be any pass thrown overhand or underhand away from the direction of the advancement of team
in possession.
• There is NO limit to the number of laterals allowed during the play of a down.
• Shovel or Push passes must be made from behind the line of scrimmage only. The receiver of a shovel or
push pass may be on either side of the line of scrimmage when receiving the ball.
Once QB crosses midfield, they can no longer run unless they're rushed.
● Teams may handoff, pitch, or throw back the football.
● Multiple handoffs are allowed behind the line of scrimmage.
● A forward pitch is considered a forward pass.
● A player receiving a forward pass cannot hand the ball off.
● “No run” zones are located 10 yards before the end zone, and no running on conversions unless rushed.
● The ball carrier must make reasonable attempt to avoid contact with defenders – any
attempt to charge or run through a defender will be issued a “charging” foul.  
All players on both teams are eligible pass receivers.
● If a receiver comes down with one foot in bounds and one foot out of bounds simultaneously, the pass is incomplete.
● Receivers become ineligible receivers when they step out of bounds then come back in without having been forced
out by a defender.
● Receivers become ineligible receivers when they step out of bounds then come back in bounds after having been
forced out of bounds by a ‘member of their own team.
● Receivers MAY leave the field and re-enter and still be eligible if forced out of bounds by a defender.
● A defender who runs out of bounds and then returns in bounds without having been forced out of bounds by a
member of the opposing team, is ineligible to intercept a pass or lateral thrown by the offense.
This rule applies to any forward pass made from behind the line of scrimmage, and applies to both offensive
and defensive players. Pass interference will be called when, after a pass is in the air, either the receiver or
defender touches the other before one of them touches the ball.
• Stripping of the ball once a reception has been made will NOT be allowed.
• Stripping the ball will result in a 10yd un-sportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Any contact that occurs after the pass is touched (excluding receiver stripping) and either complete or
incomplete, must be judged by the official as:
• Non-foul incidental contact caused by both players “playing the ball”
attempt to charge or run through a defender will be issued a “charging” foul. 
• Intentional or avoidable contact
• Penalty shall be 1st down at point of infraction or 10 yards from line of scrimmage, whichever is greater.
Defensive pass interference plays which occur on the playing field during the “regulation play period” and “tie
breaker period” and are accepted shall be marked as:
• Automatic 1st down at the point of infraction or 10 yards from line of scrimmage, whichever is greater.

Defensive pass interference which occurs on the playing field during “P.A.T.” try period and accepted will
result in:
• Ball being placed on one-yard line.
• P.A.T, will be run again.
Defensive pass interference which occurs in the end zone during “regulation play period” and accepted:
• The ball will be placed on one-yard line.
• Automatic 1st down
• If on the last play of the game, the offensive team will be given the 1st down PLUS an extra down to try
to score.
• If the offense does not need the free down to score, it is voided.
The penalty for flagrant or excessive contact shall be l~ down at point of infraction or 15yds from line of
scrimmage, whichever is greater
• At the discretion of the Referee, the penalized player and, if applicable, may be removed from the game
A ball carrier is down when:
● Either flag is detached from his belt
● When a player is touched with one hand or Two after his flag(s) have fallen off or have been pulled of
prematurely by a defender.
● The ball touches the ground
● One knee touches the ground.
● Prematurely removing an opponent’s flag with the obvious intent of making the offensive player ineligible to
become a ball carrier will result in a 10 yard penalty from end of play or line of scrimmage, whichever hurts most.
● If the QB’s flag is pulled while in a ‘forward throwing’ motion, the pass is allowable.
● If the passer is legally de-flagged as he is passing the football and later in the play receives the ball back, he shall
be considered down where he is touched. If he was illegally de-flagged, the penalty should be called.
● A defensive player may pull the receivers or ball carriers flag as soon as the ball is touched from having been
thrown, lateraled or handed-off from the QB.
● If the receiver juggles the ball and subsequently completes the catch, the ball is marked dead at the deflagging
● When a defensive player pulls the ball carrier’s flag, he must stop and hold the flag above his head. This shall be
considered good sportsmanship if complied with, but no penalty will result if de-flagger fails to perform this request.
● Grabbing the ball carrier’s clothing to the point of impeding his progress (holding) shall be penalized 10 yards.
● A defensive player who reaches across the body of the ball carrier to pull his flag is responsible for any contact
that is made and will be penalized accordingly.
(There will be a "good faith" consideration on holding the ball carrier in an attempt to grab flag, referrees will determine when this applies.)
● A defensive player MAY leave his feet to pull the offensive player’s flag, but may NOT make contact with the
runner in doing so.
● A defender may NOT push or knock a ball carrier out of bounds. There will be a 10-yard “illegal contact” penalty
assessed for this Infraction.
● If the infraction is deemed by the Referee as excessive or avoidable, a 15-yard “Excessive Contact” penalty will be
assessed and the defender is subject to game ejection.
● If the offense occurs as a last ditch effort to prevent a score, a touchdown will be awarded.
Tackling Is PROHIBITED! Tackling is defined as grasping and/or encircling the body of the ball carrier with a
hand or arm, thus impeding the runner’s progress.
• Penalty for tackling shall be 15 yards and if in the opinion of the referee, prevented a score, a touchdown
will be awarded.
• The defender will be disqualified if the act was flagrant enough to cause injury, whether the injury occurred or not.
No player can dive with posession of the ball for safety reasons. 10 yard penalty.
The responsibility for avoiding contact rests with the ball carder. He must show the official at all times-that all attempts and efforts are made to avoid contact.
• The ball carrier may not deliberately run over or drive into a defensive player.
• The ‘stiff arm’ is illegal.
• The ball carrier may not advance the ball by diving or sliding forward. If the ball carrier dives or slides
forward in an attempt to advance the ball, the ball is down where the runner’s feet left the ground.
• Deliberate flag guarding will result in the play ending on the spot where the flag guarding begins.
• A ball carrier may spin to avoid being de-flagged. However, the runner must maintain control while
spinning and may NOT jump or spin into a defender as a result of uncontrolled momentum. A 10-yard
penalty at point of infraction plus loss of down shall be assessed for this infraction.
When a backward pass or fumble hits the ground, it becomes dead at the spot and belongs to the last team in
possession at the spot where it hit the ground or at the in-bounds line opposite the point where the ball left the
field of play.
• When the offense fumbles in their own end zone, a safety is called.
• Forward or offensive fumbles which cross and hit beyond the next line-to-gain will result in the ball
being marked dead at the point from which it was fumbled.
• Intentional grounding by the QB in his own end zone to avoid a sack is considered a safety.
● A center snap must be made between the center’s legs. Or side snap, but the ball must remain on the ground until the QB
says go or motions for the ball. If ball leaves the ground prior to the QBs command this play will result in a 5-yard false start penalty.
● A false movement of the football by the center after he is set shall constitute a false start penalty.
● No direct snaps will be allowed. 
● QB must be at least 3 yards behind the center to receive the snap
● Center does not have to snap the ball to the punter.
● If a team decides to punt, the offense must announce it to the official before the ball can be declared ready
for play. Offense must declare within 10 seconds after asked by the official on the fourth play. Penalty
will be delay of game.
● After the offense declares, the official will mark the ball ready for play where upon the offense will have
15 seconds to punt the ball. When offense declares punt, it becomes a guaranteed punt.
● After a punt has been declared, it must actually be made and neither team my cross the line of scrimmage
until punt is made.
● The punting team may have any number of players that it chooses on the line of scrimmage.
● The punt returning team must have five players within five yards of the line of scrimmage and they must
remain stationary until the punt returner passes into their zone at which time they may provide stationary
screens or maneuver for a lateral.
● The receiving team’s linemen may attempt to block the punt by jumping. If the punt Is legally blocked
and touches the ground, it is dead where It touches the ground and the punt returning team gains
possession at that point.
● If the punt is legally blocked and touches a member of the punting team or the receiving team while still
in the air, it becomes dead at the point it touches them and the punt returning team gains possession at that
● If the punt hits a member of the punting team, which has not crossed the line of scrimmage, it is dead at
that spot. Any member of the punting team may down the punt if it is beyond the line of scrimmage; as
long as the punt touches the ground directly beneath the point the punting team re-touches it. The punt
receiving team must be given an opportunity to field the punt in the air.
● There will be a 10 yd. penalty if a member of the punting team touches a punt in the air which is beyond
the line of scrimmage and interferes with the receiving teams efforts to field the punt. Penalty will bemarked from the point that the punt is illegally fly touched.
● The punt returning team may have 3 punt returners in deep positions of their choosing. The 2 punt
returners not carrying the ball may not be moving screens. They may however, run forward and provide
stationary screens or be maneuvering for a lateral.
● When a punt touches a player on the receiving team and rebounds into the air, all players become eligible
to intercept and advance the ball before it touches the ground. This rule applies even if the punt hits the
ground before first touching the receiving team’s player.
● The punt receiving team may field a punt in the air, off a bounce or directly off the ground as long as the
ball is fielded cleanly.
● If a punt is left unattended, it becomes dead where it rolls still.
● If muffed by the receiving team before possession and it hits in or out of the end zone, the ball will become out to
the 20 yard line, first down, next “line-to gain” for the receiving team.
● If the ball is touched in the air or on the ground by the punting team, the ball will come out to the 20 yd. line, first
down, “line-to-gain”.
● If a punt receiver who gains possession of a punted ball in the end zone is de-flagged in the end zone, whether he
was attempting to run it or not, the ball will be brought out to the 20 yd. line, first down and next “line-to-gain”.
● If he remains in the end zone five seconds after fielding the punt, the ball will be brought to the 20 yd. line.
● If a defensive penalty occurs after the offense declares they will punt, the offense may reconsider, due to the change
in field position.
● No quick kicks are allowed and will result in a 10-yd penalty if attempted.
● A muffed lateral in the end zone shall be declared a safety.
● The punting team may only change their mind by calling a time out.
● Any verbal badgering of officials by any player after official has asked once for team captain control, can
result in player or players involved in the action being disqualified.
● Any derogatory language between opposing players, after the official has asked once for team captain
control, can result in player or players involved in the action being disqualified.
● First derogatory action or language should be penalized 15 yards. If second offense will result in ejection
of player and coach. Side line players are subject to the same disqualification for abusive, obscene or
badgering language to either opposing players, spectators, or officials.
● Side-line players should keep their sideline policed of any items which could cause injury if player goes out of
● If the captain or coach of the penalized team can’t control the actions of his players, game can be forfeited.
● Profanity, fighting or rough or injurious play do not need warnings in order to cause the player to be ejected.
● The runner or ball carrier may NOT dive or slide forward to advance the ball. Ball is dead at point where player left
their feet.
● Advancement may not occur as a result of the ball being slapped, knocked, pitched, forward lateralled, or kicked by
the offense or the defense.
● Ball will be declared dead at the point it was slapped, knocked, pitched, forward lateralled, or kicked if it was done
so in the direction of that team’s advancement.
● Touchdown —6 points
● PAT — (2 points from 10) (1 point from 5)
*Any 2-point PAT attempt intercepted by the defense and returned for a score will be worth 2 points
● Safety —2 points
● Forfeit Game — 7-0 game.
● PAT’s will begin with the ball on the 3 or 10 yd. line. After PAT, the ball will begin play on the 20 yd. line, next to
● After a touchback, the ball will begin play on the 10 yd. line, next to gain.
● After a safety, the ball will be punted from the 20 yd. line using the Declare Punt Rules.
● There is no tie breaker on regular season games
After a penalty is called, only the captain of the penalized team may discuss it with the officials.
● In the event of a tie game, a coin will be tossed with the winner receiving his choice of playing offense or defense
● Both teams will go in the direction of the wind, or, if no wind, in the direction chosen by the team that lost the toss.
● Ball will be placed at the mid-field line and each team will have four consecutive plays in which to score the most
points or gain the most yardage. The team with the most points or yardage is the winner.
● If both teams score the same amount of points or no points at all, the team who gains the most additional yardage
shall be the winner. If after four consecutive downs each, the two teams remain tied in all combinations of the above,
additional downs will be played, one at a time, alternating, until a winner is decided.
● During the tiebreaker, there will be one time out per team only.
● An Interception terminates the offense’s chances. However, all point scored previous to the interception will stand as
● The point where the intercepting team is downed or de-flagged shall determine the total yardage made by the
Intercepted team.
● An interception returned back to the 40 yd. Line will completely negate all yardage gained by the intercepted team.
If the intercepting team does not return the football past the line of scrimmage of the last snap, then the line of
scrimmage of the last snap will represent the distance that the ball was advanced by the intercepted team.
● Even if a defender intercepts a pass and returns it past the 40.yd. line, his team still must initiate their four offensive
plays beginning at the 40 yd. line and establish positive yards or score on an interception.
● If offsetting fouls occur during a down while the ball is ready for play, that down shall be repeated.
● If each fouls during a down in which there is a change of team possession, the team gaining possession may return
the ball, providing its foul was not prior to the final change of possession and it declined that penalty for its
opponent’s foul
Under general conditions, a standard on-field Coed team should consist of five men and three women. There is NO
maximum amount of females allowed on the field.
• A team MUST play with a minimum of 2 females on the field at all times.
• There may NEVER be more than five men on the field at the same time.
• If a team chooses, they may play a maximum of eight females on the field at once.
To ensure coed participation, the offense team must use a female as an operative player within 3 consecutive downs.
Failure to use a female with in 3 plays results in a 5 yard penalty and loss of down, next down remains a girl play.
An operative player is defined as a player who:
● is the intended receiver in the eyes of the referee
● runs the ball as the primary runner (must cross the line of scrimmage)
● receives the snap as the QB and throws the ball forward towards the line of scrimmage (ball must cross the line of
A non-operative player includes:
● snaps the ball into play
● hands off the football
● receives a hand off only to give back to a male player before crossing the line of scrimmage
Ref’s will call open or girl play at the beginning of each play. Open play can go to either a male or female. If a
female is not used for two consecutive downs then the next down is a force girl play.
In the event of a girl play:
● The ball must be snapped to a female. 
● Males cannot touch the ball behind the line of scrimmage, but may go out for a pass.
● Males cannot rush the passer
If a team begins a game with eight players or less and a player is injured during the course of the game, the team
captain may choose to:
1. Continue playing minus the injured player.
2. Add a pick-up player in replacement of the injured player (guy for guy, girl for girl) and forfeit four points
to the opposing team. (must be a registered player)
3. Forfeit the game entirely to the opposing team.
4. If the injured player is a female and her loss would cause the team to have less than 2 females on the field,
the team captain can pick up a replacement or forfeit the game entirely.