Flag Football Lesson Plan

Instructor: Adrianne Baron

Adrianne has a master's degree in cancer biology and has taught high school and college biology.

Flag football is a fun sport for your students to safely play. Your students will learn the rules, drills, and plays of flag football as they read and discuss a text lesson, practice drills, and play a game.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define flag football
  • identify the rules of flag football
  • perform drills for flag football
  • play a flag football game incorporating commonly used plays


1 - 2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • Please note that each state has different standards for physical education. Please consult your state's standards to ensure proper alignment



  • Begin the lesson by asking your students if they like watching football.
  • Next, ask students if they've ever wanted to play football, but only if they would not get hurt.
  • Explain that they are going to learn about a football game that allows them to enjoy playing the sport but greatly decreases the likelihood of getting hurt.
  • Pass out the Flag Football: Rules, Plays & Drills text lesson and read it together, having different students read a paragraph in the lesson.
  • Stop reading after the 'Rules of Flag Football' section, and ask:
    • What is the main difference between traditional football and flag football?
    • Where are the flags placed in flag football?
    • How many downs does a team get to move the ball a specific distance?
    • What happens if the team doesn't make the distance within four downs?
  • Resume reading, stopping after the 'Drills' section. Discuss:
    • What is a quarterback sneak?
    • What are wind sprints?
    • Can you name the play where the quarterback throws the ball as far as he can and hopes a teammate catches the ball?
  • Read the 'Lesson Summary' to your students and answer any questions they have.
  • Give your students the lesson quiz to take individually.
  • Go over the quiz as a class.

Activity: Flag Football Drills

  • Take your students to your school's field and divide them into pairs.
  • Give each pair a football, and have them perform pass & catch drills.
  • Next, put your students into two teams.
  • Demonstrate the Hail Mary pass, out route, and quarterback sneak plays.
  • Have the teams practice each play. You will call out a different play, and the teams will run the play. Continue until all students understand the plays.

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