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Flag Football Plays 5 on 5 – Bunch Goal Line Gold

Bunch Goal Line Gold from our Flag Football Plays 5 on 5 Collection may not look special, but it’s mine and a lot of teams #1 go-to play for short yardage situations, especially around the goal line. It’s so effective, I tend to run it multiple times per game because it’s easy to read and easy to execute with multiple options, and takes awhile to understand how to defend. 98% of the time, especially on the goal line out of a bunch formation, the defense will be in a zone, typically a 3-1 of 4 across, and this play will work easily against both. There are really 2 primary reads on this play, the center, and [2] trailing across the back of the end zone.  It’s important that you take the snap under center, and from there I usually give a fake step to the right to freez...

Kill Zone – 8on8 Flag Football Plays

Kill Zone is a modification of one of our teams most effective 8on8 flag football plays, with multiple options short, deep and on the run. It’s highly effective with an above average runner as your primary QB (check out these QB tips here), but you don’t have to be the best athlete in the world to make it an effective play. This particular 8on8 flag football play starts with the quarterback determining which way the rusher will be coming from, and running away from him, with the center picking up his backside by blocking the rusher.  If he doesn’t get a good block, the play won’t be very effective, so it’s highly important to have a center who’s capable of blocking at a high level.  If there are multiple rushers, then the QB can pick either side and just...

MOB – 5on5 Flag Football Plays

MOB is one of the most popular 5on5 flag football plays where handoffs & running are allowed, as it is extremely versatile, simple and effective.  Almost every team you face will switch to a zone flag football defense against a 4 bunch formation, typically a 2-2 or 3-1, which makes handoffs & throwbacks more difficult to cover, and also makes it easier for a good quarterback to find windows for throwing the ball. Like many 5on5 flag football plays out of a bunch formation, this one starts with the quarterback under center, who then immediately fakes or directly hands off to [3] who now has the option to throw or run.  His immediate options are to hit the quick out with [2] if left uncovered for an easy 10 or so yards, or hit [1] on a banana or corner route finding a gap in coverage...

Tight Freak Nasty – 4 on 4 Football Plays

Tight Freak Nasty from our 4 on 4 football plays collection is a staple of some of the top teams in the country, especially around the goal line.  I prefer to run the play without motion the first time (with the [2] just lined up at slot), and then if it’s successful and we run it later by throwing in motion to disguise the formation.  Your [1] runs a curl and spring at the first down or goal line, hesitating on the curl for a split second before shooting straight down the line to the inside on a dig route.  [2]’s job is to push his defender back 7-8 yards, then plant and hit the out route, bending it back to the front cone making it very tough for his defender to get between him and the ball.  If the outside corner doesn’t chase [1] to the inside, then [1] should come wi...

Base Crack Layers – 7on7 Flag Football Plays

Base Crack Layers from our 7on7 flag football plays collection is a fairly simple play to run and execute that has several options with easy reads.  Lining up in a traditional 2 blocker 3 receiver set, the quarterback sprints to his right immediately at the snap, while the slot receiver steps inside to pick the rusher and allow the quarterback a free lane.  [2] Trails with an under route while the center runs a corner route over the top, and with a defense running a zone [5]’s dig should come open pretty easily, or if in a man defense, the quarterback has a good shot to get free and run if he’s decently mobile.  As a last resort, you can also throw back to your [1] who drops to star, allowing him to hit [4] on a stop and go.  Or simply have him shoot left or curl if you donR...

Oopty – 8 on 8 Flag Football Plays

Oopty is one of my all time favorite 8 on 8 flag football plays, and works extremely well in long distance situations.  Upon sending [3] in motion, most teams will try and employ a zone defense, typically with 1 safety over the top, and 2 in the short zone with one of them taking away the inside short zone.  If you see one single safety, the play is almost guaranteed to work. At the snap, the quarterback immediately takes off to the right while the center and [2] attempt to block the rushers giving the QB a bit of time.  The post from [6] should clear out the safety while the curl from [4] holds the outside corner.  When [3] hits the sideline on his out and up, there’s typically a big window there.  The post can easily turn into a post-stop or post-dig depending on the coverage over ...

Bunch Iso Blender – 5 on 5 Flag Football Plays

Bunch Iso Blender from our 5 on 5 flag football plays collection is a great all around play that can be effective against just about any defense you’ll come up against.  Your Center and [2] routes will be your primary reads.  Out of this formation, many teams will lock up the [3] and play a combination of 2-1 or 1-2 zone on the other 3 players, or go with a box 2-2 defense.  In any situation, the [2]’s curl and spring to the left flat corner should be a great option, undercutting any safeties yet getting behind any flat defender to that side.  The Center should hold that defender with a couple steps to the left side before shooting back underneath the play.  If the defense decides to go straight man defense across the board, the Center’s route could be an equal option to ...

Bunch QB Wheel – 5 on 5 Flag Football Plays

The Bunch QB Wheel from our 5 on 5 flag football plays collection is one of our favorite plays to use against an overly aggressive rusher and a defense that likes to play man defense.  There are a couple variations you can use out of different formations to get a similar result, but the idea is always the same, vacate one side of the field to clear out all defenders, the quarterback draws in the rusher and hands off to or in this case throws back to a secondary quarterback option, and wheels out of the backfield for what is typically a wide open completion big gain play. In this situation you are counting on the rusher not being very good in man coverage (which you should know before running this play) so that even if he does recover, chances are your QB will still have a huge advantage on...

Crossover – 8 on 8 Flag Football Plays

The Crossover from our 8 on 8 flag football plays collection is designed to be run out of a sideline stack formation with 4 on 4 style bunch offense in the middle. This play is designed to beat both a man and zone defense, faring particularly well against a zone cover 2 by drawing the right corner and safety’s attention away with the crossing route and seam, and dragging #2 in the 15 yard range to get him open.  It’s a good intermediate play and timing route with multiple options. View original article

Tight Under – 4 on 4 Flag Football Plays

The Tight Under from our 4 on 4 flag football plays collection is set up to coax the defense into locking up the solo receiver, and playing inside out on the center/2 combo, or going straight zone across the board.  In either situation, the 2 should come open late or the center should be wide open early. It’s a great play against a team that you know has a tendency to switch to a zone defense in bunch or tight situations. View original article

Speed Shoots – 7 on 7 Flag Football Plays

The Speed Shoots from our 7 on 7 flag football plays collection is a quick hitting play that is designed to get the ball out of the quarterbacks hands into his playmaker’s as quickly as possible.  There’s not much time to take a snap under center, but if the speed route isn’t immediately openeither or the slants are next up followed by 4 at the star. View original article

Wheelie – 8 on 8 Flag Football Plays

The Wheelie from our 8 on 8 flag football plays collection is a great example of a go-to play out of a very tough to defend formation with an athletic team and a mobile quarterback.  It excels at getting your players into space, running a zone-beating 3+ player flood route to each side of the field while also using long crossing routes to get separation from man defenders.  Your motion back is a wildcard that can be altered into different variations, such as wheeling out of the backfield, a star back option for throwbacks, an option pitch man, hand-off or alter the motion entirely to run a regular route.  If your QB can buy a little time, this play has alot of potential to get your guys open and into space effectively. It’s best in short to intermediate down and distance situations, ...

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