Flag Football Man Coverage Rules
By FirstDown PlayBook on Sep 22, 2018

Depending on how you look at it, football can be a very simple or complex game. Take flag football for instance. Many of you are coaching 5v5 flag football this fall as part of USA Football and NFL Flag leagues. From the defensive perspective things seem to be pretty simple on the surface.

You are either going to line up and play man or zone coverage and you understand that there is going to be some misdirection that you need to account for from the offense. Many youth 5v5 flag football coaches opt to play man coverage full time because zone principles are hard for the younger players to grasp.

Even as a youth flag football coach simplifies things down to this level there are still landmines out there waiting if the youth coach doesn’t come up with a set of rules for the players. At the very core, the rules are necessary so that you do not have two players covering one offensive player while turning loose another offensive player down the field uncovered.

At a more complex level there will be situations where the offense is going to have a talented player or two that you will want to match up with your best athletes. Without rules, this won’t happen and you are likely to be subject to mismatches the entire game.

For all of the reasons and situations that we mention above FirstDown PlayBook has worked hard to not only give you detailed flag football defensive drawings but we have also fitted these flag football defenses up against multiple offensive formations and included very detailed coaching points to help make sure you and your flag football defense can get lined up.

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