Flag Football Positions
Looking for a list of flag football positions? Surprisingly enough, the flag football positions are very similar to regular football positions. You have your quarterback, running back, wide receiver, offensive lineman, defensive lineman, and defensive backs. Generally speaking, kickers and punters are not used in flag football, nor are fullbacks.
- Quarterback. In flag football, the quarterback will start off with the ball in his hands or have the ball snapped to him by the center. It is the job of the quarterback to decide whether or not to throw the ball to a wide receiver, toss the ball to a running back, or run with the ball himself. The quarterback identifies the start of a play by yelling "Hike!"
- Running Back. In most cases, the running back will stand behind the quarterback. The quarterback may hand the ball over to the running back via a toss or a pitch. If a pass play has been called, the running back may run down the field as a receiver or stay with the quarterback to help block for him.
- Wide Receiver. Depending on how many people are playing, there will always be at least one wide receiver on the field in flag football. It is the job of the wide receiver to run down the field and catch the ball that is thrown to him. It takes speed and skill to be a wide receiver because the wide receiver needs to be able to catch the ball while being chased by a defensive back.
- Offensive Linemen. In flag football, the offensive linemen consist of the center and possibly other linemen, depending on how many people are playing. It is the job of the center to snap the ball to the quarterback. Offensive linemen are used to block for the quarterback to prevent him from being rushed or sacked by the defensive lineman.
- Defensive Linemen. The job of the defensive linemen is the exact opposite of the job of the offensive linemen. Defensive linemen are one of the most important flag football positions because they are required to line up across from the quarterback and attempt to sack the quarterback by pulling his flag and cause him to fumble the football. In the event of a running play, defensive linemen should chase after the running back and attempt to pull his flag.
- Defensive Backs. Defensive backs line up across from wide receivers. Defensive backs are assigned to a specific wide receiver and are instructed to chase after the wide receiver in an attempt to intercept the football or pull the wide receivers flag as quickly as possible.