Basic Rules Created and Played
by the Long Island Flag Football League


The Long Island Flag Football League consists of 6 Divisions: “9-man”/”A”/”B”/”C”/”D”/5-on-5 Nw teams enter the “D” Division and advance up to the “C” Division by winning 6 or more regular season games. This format is repeated from “C” to “B” and “B” to “A”and so on. For teams with losing records, the opposite holds true.

If you win 3 or less games, you are a candidate to be moved down a division. This keeps the level of play at a constant, shifting even level of parity. “Mini” leagues print our copyrighted rules illegally, but with ’18 teams can they really have parity? The Long Island Flag Football League has had over 200 teams each Spring & Fall since 1990 which insures a comfortable talent fit. You can never play on two teams in the same season regardless of division. (you can play 8-man and 5-man, that is the one and only exeption) in order to be eligible for the play-offs you must have signed yourself in 4 games during the season. There is no “signing other players in”. If you are hurt, and still want to be eligible you must go to the game and sign yourself in. your coach cannot sign you in.


9-on-9 per side on the field, a 100X53 yard field, open-hand blocking, no fumbles, first downs at the 20/40/40/20 yard markers, kickoffs receive/kick at opposing 40 yard lines, no ball stripping/on-sides kicks/flag shielding, charging, or diving with the ball. Full Rush at the snap.

“8 Man” Division Rules

8-on-8 per side on the field, a 40X80 yard field, first downs at the 20/40/20 yard markers, kick from 20 yardline, and receive from the 40 yard line. In the B “2 Mississippi”is counted by the referee before the defense can rush. In the “A” it is a full rush.

“5 on 5 ” DIVISION

10 player roster with 5 players on the field at once. The Field is 30X60 with set first downs at the 15, 30, and 15. The offense has 3 plays to reach a 1st down or the other team takes over the ball at there own 15.

The QB has 6 seconds to get the ball over the line of scrimmage or its a dead ball. All players are eligible to catch the ball including the center. On Defense there is a rusher who lines up 5 yards off the ball and has a free rush at the QB.

There is NO contact in 5-man.


The LIFFL has been bringing NFL Flag to boys and girls between 6 & 14 years old in the Town of Oyster Bay since 2000. In our next season, beginning Fall 2014, we will be expanding the Youth Program across Long Island! Summer practice camps will be offered in August. Played on a 30X60 yard field, there’s no blocking, no kick-offs, no fumbles, no punts.Using a smaller football, there’s fixed 1st downs at the 15/30/15 yard lines, one rusher, and everyone is eligible to catch a pass. There are multiple divisions which are broken down by age and locality. Because there is no line play, practices will be minimal.

Complete rules are given out to all that register. The rules of the Long Island Flag Football League were copyrighted in ©1990 and are the property of LIFFL, Inc. Any copy or transmission of these rules without the permission of LIFFL, Inc. is prohibited.