Know your flag football, part 2

What positions are played in flag football?

Yesterday, we explained the basic rules of flag football. Today, we will describe the offensive and defensive positions in the 7-on-7 game.

Traditional football teams have 11 players on offense and 11 players on defense. However, in flag football offensive, all of the offensive linemen except the center have been removed, leaving every player on offense eligible to catch the ball. Yes, even the center is eligible to catch a pass.

Offensive positions include the following:

Quarterback: The quarterback receives the snap and passes the ball or hands it off (they aren’t allowed to run with the ball after the snap).

Center: The center snaps the ball to the quarterback and then can run for a pass as a receiver.

Wide Receivers: The receiver runs designated routes to catch a pass (usually right and left receivers).

Running Back: The running back takes a handoff and runs with the ball or throws it. They’re also eligible to receive a pass.


Defensive positions include the following:

Defensive back: The defensive back covers wide receivers, either man-to-man or zone.

Safety: The safety stands further back from the line of scrimmage and is responsible for stopping opponents who get loose.

Rusher: The rusher attempts to prevent the quarterback from passing the ball (must be at least seven feet off the line of scrimmage at the snap to rush the passer).