What is Flex Football?
Flex Football bridges the gap between flag and tackle for the first time. Inspired by the NFL’s high tempo, low impact, assignment and scheme-focused approach to practice, Flex is the ideal experience to develop true football fundamentals. The value lies in the development of advanced football skills while keeping the head out of the game.
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Flex Football is the ideal offseason training option for your tackle football program. Because Flex involves all positions - not just the skill positions - your players can work on schemes, technique, and timing, preparing them for the upcoming season in ways never available before.
Flex Football fills the gaps between Flag Football and traditional tackle football, and presents a safe, cutting-edge solution to the following dilemmas:
I’m a parent who isn’t ready to let my son/daughter play tackle football. But, I’m looking for something a little beyond traditional flag football. I’m looking for a sport that will introduce limited contact in a controlled setting, while still giving my son/daughter an idea of what tackle football would be like.
I’m a flag football player. I’m not looking to make the jump to full tackle football yet. But, I am interested in trying a new flavor of football that brings in more advanced football skills like blocking, pass rushing, press coverage and more.
I’m a tackle football coach, and I need a way for my team to train together in the offseason in a realistic, game-like setting. The 7v7 options aren’t a good fit because they do nothing for my offensive and defensive lineman, they aren’t helpful to installing our full offense, and our defensive players don’t get the realistic reps they need to prepare for the season.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Flex Football?
Flex Football bridges the gap between flag and tackle for the first time. The addition of RockSolid’s soft shell equipment enables Flex to build on the benefits of flag football by introducing key concepts that have historically been reserved for tackle: blocking, line play (pass rushing, pass blocking), bump & run/press coverage, and pre-tackling to name a few.
Flex is the ultimate experience to develop true football fundamentals and teach proper technique while keeping the head out of the game, and is the ideal offseason training option for tackle football programs.
What are the rules of Flex Football?
NEFF follows a modified version of the RockSolid Flex Football rules. NEFF’s rules are available HERE.
What type of equipment is needed for Flex Football?
RockSolid soft shell helmets, RockSolid soft shell shoulder pads, and mouth guards must be worn at all times, and rubber cleats are recommended for outdoor play. RockSolid equipment can be purchased during registration [Equipment Sizing Guide]. Teams must wear matching numbered uniforms. Uniforms are provided by NEFF for all youth divisions and are available for purchase by high school and adult teams if needed.
NEFF provides the following:
- Youth Division(s):
- Flag belts
- Footballs (two per team)
- High School and above:
- Flag belts
Note – equipment can be reused from season to season. Mouth guards are available for purchase at the field (while supplies last).
How many players are on a Flex Football team?
Nine players are on the field at a time for each participating Flex Football team. A team size of fifteen players is recommended, however NEFF wants to provide as many kids that want to play with the opportunity to do so and reserves the right to ask a team to carry additional players if forming another team does not make sense.
What are the age requirements for Flex Football?
Flex Football is open to players in Grade 3 through college as of August 1st of the targeted season
What size field is used for Flex Football?
A regulation-sized football field is recommended for Flex Football, with two games being played simultaneously running lengthwise. Each possession begins on the 45 yard line with the offense driving towards the end zone. The area between the 45 yard lines is a common end zone used for defensive scores only (interception, safety).
Unlike flag football where first downs are achieved by crossing midfield, traditional first down rules apply in Flex Football, complete with chains and a yard marker.