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Youth and High School Football Rules

Discover the rules for football at all levels, from NFL FLAG to high school tackle football.


NFL FLAG, the league's official youth flag football program, assists youth and high school football players with developing transferable skills that set them up for success on and off the field.

With unmatched standards for player protection, education and league support, NFL FLAG leagues provide boys and girls with the opportunity to play an exciting, fast-paced, non-contact game.

Visit the NFL FLAG rulebook

Pop Warner

Pop Warner Little Scholars is a non-profit organization that promotes youth football programs for participants in several states and countries around the world.

More than 250,000 kids participated in Pop Warner-sanctioned football programs — and those numbers continue to grow. Pop Warner programs teach fundamental values, skills and knowledge that kids will use throughout their lives.

Visit the Pop Warner rulebook

American Youth Football (AYF)

High school football is an integral part of local communities and has become a Friday-night ritual across the country. The sport promotes inclusivity for all participants and offers various options to playing – such as 6-, 8-, and 9-player football.

As one of the few scholastic sports in America, high school coaches have a critical role in impacting the lives of participants through the fundamentals, life skills, and values learned from playing the game.

Visit the American Youth Football rulebook

University Interscholastic League (Texas High School Football)

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) provides leadership and guidance for Texas high school football rules and policies.

Visit the University Interscholastic League football rulebook

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