flag football


Definition of flag football

: a variation of football in which a player must remove a flag attached to the ballcarrier's clothing to stop the play

Examples of flag football in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Former and current teammates describe a guy hyper-competitive, whether it’s on an SEC afternoon or coaching a sorority flag football team. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "The Mac Jones you don’t know," 17 Dec. 2020 Additionally, five athletic teams have some or all members in quarantine: football teams at East High School and Service High School, the South High School cheerleading team, the West High school flag football team and Service basketball open gym. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "Not yet open for in-person class, Anchorage School District reports 36 active COVID-19 cases," 23 Oct. 2020 Jones was unblocked but would not have made the stop if this had been flag football. Jim Souhan, Star Tribune, "Vikings can hang loss on Chris Jones' non-attempt at tackle on Dallas touchdown run," 22 Nov. 2020 The final day of the flag football season is Thursday, and pairings for next week’s Cook Inlet Conference tournament are at stake. Anchorage Daily News, "Pairings for flag football region tournament at stake on final day of regular season," 15 Oct. 2020 The Blood Bowl flag football game between the UCLA and USC student newspapers is off and no fans will be permitted to attend the game between the Bruins and the Trojans. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: Looking for a shot of confidence," 9 Dec. 2020 Instead, Arch played flag football until the sixth grade. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "The Heir to the Manning Quarterback Legacy Isn’t on TikTok," 26 Nov. 2020 After canceling its flag football and 7-on-7 leagues in the spring, the conference sent out three separate surveys to parents asking them about their interest in signing up for a summer session. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, "A Utah youth football league of 6,000 kids played an 11-week season. Very few got COVID-19.," 10 Nov. 2020 There's also no tackle football in Minneapolis, where the city's Park Board has offered flag football for young athletes 6-18. James Walsh, Star Tribune, "Twin Cities area youth sports coaches add COVID-19 protocols to daily routines," 21 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of flag football

1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flag football was in 1947

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Last Updated

25 Jan 2021

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“Flag football.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flag%20football. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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flag football


English Language Learners Definition of flag football

: a form of American football in which the player with the ball is not tackled but instead must stop when another player removes a piece of cloth that is attached to the player's waist

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