The 21st edition of this classic guidebook from NIRSA provides the latest rule changes in flag and touch football. NIRSA supports leaders in collegiate recreation, with a membership serving over eight million students.
2023 & 2024 NIRSA Flag & Touch Football Rules Book & Officials’ Manual highlights all the rules that have changed since the previous edition, making it easy to locate what is new or changed. Updated information for officials includes changes to penalty enforcement and a method for the touchdown-scoring team to retain possession of the ball, called the onside conversion. The pocket size makes the guide easy to consult at games, whether you’re a coach, instructor, official, player, or fan of flag and touch football.
The manual also offers summaries of fouls and penalties, youth football rules, and 4 on 4 football rules, and it presents the 10 commandments for clinicians and observers. It contains detailed explanations of the rules regarding equipment, time factors, team possession, scoring, player conduct, and more. The officials’ portion is then presented in seven sections that outline officiating basics and responsibilities, game administration, and other relevant topics.
This easy-to-read rule book and officials’ manual reflects NIRSA’s continuing commitment to the development of flag and touch football and the organization’s efforts to keep training and officials’ manuals current and relevant. As such, this pocket guide is an essential resource for officials, coaches, and players connected to flag and touch football in various settings, from youth levels through collegiate levels.
About NIRSA NIRSA Flag & Touch Football Editorial Board Dedication: Scott Flickinger Moving Closer to a Standardized Football Code Official NIRSA Rules Book and Interpretations Changes for 2023 and 2024 Flag & Touch Football Fundamentals
NIRSA Football Rules Book*
Rule 1. The Game, Field, Players, and Equipment Rule 2. Definitions of Playing Terms Rule 3. Periods, Time Factors, and Substitutions Rule 4. Ball in Play, Dead Ball, and Out of Bounds Rule 5. Series of Downs, Number of Downs, and Team Possession After Penalty Rule 6. Kicking the Ball Rule 7. Snapping, Handing, and Passing the Ball Rule 8. Scoring Plays and Touchback Rule 9. Conduct of Players and Others Rule 10. Enforcement of Penalties
Fouls and Penalties Summary Special Olympics Unified Flag Football – Collegiate Level Rules Youth Football Rules Summary 4 on 4 Football Rules Summary 10 Commandments for Clinicians and Observers
NIRSA Football Officials’ Manual
Part I. Officiating Basics Part II. Game Administration Part III. Officiating Responsibilities Part IV. Communication Part V. 3-Person Mechanics Part VI. 4-Person Mechanics Part VII. NIRSA Official Flag Football Signals
Index to Rules
The NIRSA Flag Football Editorial Board is made up of numerous professionals and students who are responsible for implementing intramural programs for their participants. They work day to day with the intricacies of implementing a flag football program and are able to keep all the training materials up to date and relevant.