Flag football

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The quarterback runs with the ball in the game Navy (yellow jerseys and red flags) versus Army (black jerseys and blue flags)

Flag football is a ball sport that emerged from American football and is therefore a variant of gridiron football . The main difference to American football is that the defense stops the offensive player in possession of the ball by pulling a flag from his belt instead of physically tackling him as in American football.

Games between girls' teams , mostly at high schools in the United States , are also called powder puff (or powder puff ). The name was inspired by powder puffs ( English Powderpuff ).


  • Quarterback (QB)
    • The quarterback is the captain of the attack.
    • The quarterback announces the move and leads the team.
    • The quarterback stands behind the center and receives the so-called snap .
    • The quarterback can pass either pass, run or even to a teammate fit .
  • Center (C)
    • The center snaps the ball to the quarterback.
    • After the snap, the center can run free for a pass. (Only with 5on5 (5 against 5), in the other variants, as with tackle, he is not authorized to catch passes.)
  • Wide Receiver (WR)
    • The wide receiver is the player who tries to catch the ball from the quarterback in order to continue running.
  • Running back (RB)
    • The running back stands behind or next to the quarterback and receives the ball to run with.
    • Running backs can also catch passes from the quarterback.
  • Defensive Backs (DB)
    • All defense players in flag football are called defensive backs.
    • The defensive back is responsible for stopping the offensive players by pulling the flag of the ball carrier.

Game variants

There are many game variants in Flag Football, the most common in Europe:

  • 5on5 - any contact is prohibited here. This is the internationally common type of game according to which the European and World Championships of the European (EFAF) and international football associations (IFAF) are played.
  • 7on7 - contact is allowed depending on the type of game.
  • 9on9 - contact is an important part of the game system here. As with American football, there is an offensive and a defensive line , each consisting of at least three players. This variant is the game system of the German Flag Football League DFFL .

For official association games, there is a league system in Germany for children and young people as well as for adults. Mixed sex teams are permitted.

In the USA ( USFTL , IFFF and other associations) the following variants are also played:

  • 4on4 - Like 5on5, but without restrictions for players who want to attack the quarterback directly (rusher).
  • 7on7 - Contactless, as with the 5on5, intentional contact is prohibited.
  • 8on8 - semi-contact, similar to the 9on9 commonly used in Europe .



There are two types of flags. In one variant, the flags are attached to the belt with Velcro, while in the other the flags are attached to a rubber fastener.

Depending on the game variant, each player wears at least two flags - one on each side of the waist . Sometimes three, so that it can be better stopped from behind. In contrast to traditional American football, the probability of injury is significantly lower with flag football, which makes the game an alternative, especially for children and young people, but the sport is also popular with older people.

Differences to tackle football

Flag football is basically the same as tackle football. Things like “ touchdown ”, “ extra point ” and “ safety ” are also part of Flag Football. Just like fast runs and an attractive passing game . The main difference, which gives it its name, is that tackling is replaced by pulling the flag.

For the 2005 season, the "Flag Football Rules" was published as a separate set of rules for the first time. So the rules are no longer additions or exceptions to the tackle set of rules. Nevertheless, it is still closely based on the rules of tackle football. Since 2009 there have been international rules for the 5on5 variant .

There are some differences between the sets of rules. Most of them have to do with the flags and the lack of equipment. The main purpose of the rules is to protect and maintain the health and safety of the players.

In addition to the tackling rule, some “flag rules” have been added. These extra rules include:

  • The turn ends where the defender drew the flag.
  • Your own flag may not be defended with a ball or hand. ( Flag guarding )
  • The contact when blocking is restricted ( 9on9 and 7on7 ) or prohibited ( 5on5 ).
  • The ball becomes a dead ball with the first contact with the ground and the game is interrupted (in the case of fumble , punt and kickoff return).
  • At 5on5 , the defender ( Blitz ) attacking the quarterback must have a minimum distance of 7 yards from the line of scrimmage .

Overall, this means that extensive running and passing play leads to success. It demands speed and agility from the players. Since physical strength cannot be used against the opponent, the risk of injury is reduced.

Flag Football International

Flag Football 5on5 is played in international competitions . The first world championship took place in 2002, the first European championship took place in 2003. Competitions are held for men, women, U15 and U13 teams.

World championships

year Competition Venue gold silver bronze
2002 Man (5-5) Vienna, AUT Germany Austria
2002 Men (7-7) Vienna, AUT Austria Germany France
2004 Men's Thonon-les-Bains, FRA Austria Germany France
2004 Ladies Thonon-les-Bains, FRA Mexico France Japan
2006 Men's Daegu, COR France Denmark Thailand
2006 Ladies Daegu, COR France Japan Finland
2007 U15 Lelystad, NED United States Japan Austria
2008 Men's Montreal, CAN Canada Denmark France
2008 Ladies Montreal, CAN Mexico Canada France
2010 Men's Ottawa, CAN United States Denmark Italy
2010 Ladies Ottawa, CAN Canada United States Austria
2012 Men's Gothenburg, SWE Austria United States Denmark
2012 Ladies Gothenburg, SWE Mexico United States France
2014 Men's Grosseto, ITA United States Mexico Italy
2014 Ladies Grosseto, ITA Canada United States Austria
2016 Men's Miami, USA United States Denmark Mexico
2016 Ladies Miami, USA Panama Austria Mexico
2018 Men's Panama City, Panama United States Austria Denmark
2018 Ladies Panama City, Panama United States Panama Canada

Official results according to IFAF.

European championships

year Competition Venue gold silver bronze
2003 Men's Vienna, AUT Austria Germany Denmark
2003 U15 Bologna, ITA United Kingdom Germany Russia
2003 U13 Bologna, ITA Germany Italy France
2004 U15 Düsseldorf, GER Netherlands France Italy
2004 U13 Düsseldorf, GER Germany United Kingdom Spain
2005 Men's Helsinki, FIN France Italy United Kingdom
2005 Ladies Helsinki, FIN Finland France Sweden
2005 U15 Gran Canaria, ESP Austria Netherlands France
2005 U13 Gran Canaria, ESP Spain Netherlands United Kingdom
2006 U15 Newcastle, GBR Netherlands Germany Spain
2006 U13 Newcastle, GBR Netherlands United Kingdom Austria
2007 Men's Sestola, ITA France Germany Denmark
2007 Ladies Sestola, ITA France Finland Austria
2008 U15 Bondoufle, FRA Netherlands Austria France
2008 U13 Bondoufle, FRA Netherlands Germany France
2009 Men's Belfast, GBR (NI) Denmark Italy Austria
2009 Ladies Belfast, GBR (NI) Austria Finland Israel
2010 U15 Ostia, ITA Germany Netherlands Italy
2010 U13 Ostia, ITA Netherlands Ireland Austria
2011 Men's Thonon-les-Bains, FRA Denmark Austria France
2011 Ladies Thonon-les-Bains, FRA Austria Israel France
2013 Men's Pesaro, ITA Denmark Italy Austria
2013 Ladies Pesaro, ITA Austria France Israel
2015 Men's Pinto, ESP Denmark Austria Germany
2015 Ladies Pinto, ESP Austria France Germany
2017 Men's Madrid, ESP Austria Italy Spain
2017 Ladies Madrid, ESP Austria Germany Spain
2019 Men's Jerusalem, ISR Denmark Italy France
2019 Ladies Jerusalem, ISR Spain Great Britain Austria

Official results according to EFAF.

Flag football in Germany

In America, 8 million players play flag football, but only 500,000 of them play tackle football. The NFL Europe started in 1997 to make this sport known to children and young people in Germany, especially in schools. As a result, there was also increased interest in flag football among adults, with the number of adult teams taking part in constant game operations in Germany to over 25. Expensive protective equipment is not necessary, which makes it easier to get started with this variant. Flag Football introduces children and young people to tackle football. Since 2001, over 300 amateur and league teams have formed in Germany and Europe. With several successful flag football events and the establishment of a Bundesliga, increased audience interest can be observed.

In Germany, Flag Football is played in the variants 5on5 and 9on9 . The professional associations here are the American Football Association Germany (AFVD) and its regional associations.

The first flag football tournament on German soil took place in this 5-way version in 1997 in Wiesbaden. Two US and one German teams (the Rheingau Allstars - from 1999 Wiesbaden Phantoms Allstars ) met. The tournament is called the "Rhein-Main-Bowl". Since then it has been the most traditional and, until 2006, also the largest tournament. Until the end of 2006, the Rhein-Main-Bowl was an unofficial German championship.

The largest international club tournament came about with the creation of the "Big Bowl" in Walldorf . Teams from seven nations (Denmark, France, Israel, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Germany) and eight federal states met each other. A total of 37 teams competed for the title in three categories over two days. In the women's category, the Israeli national team won 13: 6 against the Austrian national team in extra time. The youth trophy went to the local Walldorf Wanderers Juniors, who got the upper hand in the final against the Austrian national team. The men's title went to the French “Le Havre Salamandres”, who prevailed against the Italian champions “Cavriago Cleavers”.

Flag Football has been played in the league in Germany since 1999. In the youth sector mainly within the federal states in the age group 10 to 15 years, in the adult sector (from 16) until 2005 in the regionally existing leagues, since 2006 also in the DFFL (German Flag Football League), a nationwide licensed league. In league games, the semi-contact variant 9on9 is the most widespread so far. However, the contactless version 5on5 is finding more and more fans and growing faster and faster. Many new leagues have emerged in this variant, mainly for children under 10 years of age.

Since the game operations in Flag Football can be designed very freely in each federal state, there are also some variations that are each unique.


There are currently four German championships in Flag Football, two indoor and two outdoor .

  • GFB: The German Flag Bowl is the flag football championship for adults (aged 16 and over). The master is determined in the game of the DFFL. The game is 9on9 .
  • GJFB: the German Junior Flag Bowl is the flag football championship for youth (10 to 15 years). The champions of the federal states qualify through their league play for this tournament, in which up to 12 teams take part. The game is 9on9 .
  • GIFB: The German Indoor Flag Bowl is the indoor championship for adults. The game is 5on5 .
  • GJIFB: The German Junior Indoor Flag Bowl is the youth indoor championship. The game is 5on5 .

German Flag Football League


Since 2016 there has also been a DFFL for game operations in the 5 flag for the first time. The league is divided into 5 seasons (North, East, South, West 1 and West 2) and the game days are played in tournament form. Each league team can register and run its own game day. The other teams can then register. A running 5-point DFFL season table is kept. Depending on the number of teams participating in a tournament and their placement, each team receives points. The points of the best 6 season placement of a team are included in the DFFL season table. At the end of the season, the first placed in each season as well as the eighth other best placed, which are determined from the overall season table, qualify for the final tournament for the title in the 5 flag.

Points for placement according to the number of teams
space 4 teams 5 teams 6 teams 7 teams 8 teams 9 teams
1. 8th 10 11 12 13 14th
2. 6th 8th 9 10 11 12
3. 4th 6th 7th 8th 9 10
4th 2 4th 5 6th 7th 8th
5. 2 3 4th 5 6th
6th 2 3 4th 5
7th 2 3 4th
8th. 2 3
9. 2

In the final tournament, the 12 qualified teams play in four groups of three. The first and second placed in a group then play in PlayOff mode (quarter-finals, semi-finals) for a place in the final. In 2016 and 2017, the Kelkheim Lizzards and the Walldorf Wanderers met there.

5th DFFL final day 2016 in Mörfelden-Walldorf
year game winner loser result
2016 final Walldorf Wanderers Kelkheim Lizzards 38:35
5th DFFL final day 2017 in Mörfelden-Walldorf
year game winner loser result
2017 final Walldorf Wanderers Kelkheim Lizzards 39:36
place 3 Mainz Legionaries Forcke Legends 26:21
5th place Munich sparrows Double H 040 Digga 49:40
7th place Lalo Greyhounds Dortmund Devils 33:27
9th place Berlin eagle Ilmroosters 33:27
11th place United 5 Werra Valley Salt Kings 66:27
5th DFFL final day 2018 in Magdeburg
year game winner loser result
2018 final Walldorf Wanderers Kelkheim Lizzards 47:31
place 3 Munich sparrows Forcke Legends 53:33
5th place Mainz Legionaries Werra Valley Salt Kings 34:20
7th place Baltic Blue Stars Rostock Braunschweig Badgers 20:13
9th place Berlin Adler United Iserlohn Boozers 31:32
11th place Spandau Bulldogs Ilmenau Ilm Roosters 14:37

The exact game mode in the league operation of the German Flag Football League (DFFL) depends on the number of registered teams and is redefined every year. After there had been a north and a south group in the previous years and the group first and second made it to the semi-finals of the DFFL Bowl, the 2014 season played in three groups.

North: Hamburg Blue Allstars , Hamburg Pioneers Snappers, Kiel Baltic Hurricanes , Lübeck Cougars
East: Berlin Bears , Dresden Monarchs , Frankfurt Oder Red Cocks (withdrawn), Radebeul Suburbian Foxes
West: Assindia Fire Birds, Hildesheim Invaders , Leipzig Lions, Lions Flag Team Braunschweig

In the preliminary round, all teams in a group compete against each other in a first leg and a second leg. In order to determine the participants for the quarter-finals, all twelve teams were listed in a group-wide ranking in 2014, which was based on a value calculated from the number of games won, the points scored and allowed and the penalties received. In the quarter-finals, the first-placed team met on the table eighth, the second on the seventh, etc. and determined the semi-final participants. The respective winners of the semi-finals play in the final for victory in the DFFL Bowl and the associated title of German champion.

The first German champions in adult flag football in 1999 were the "Munich Coyotes". The German champion has been determined in the German Flag Bowl since 2000. In 2010 the final was renamed the DFFL Bowl.

German Flag Bowl / DFFL Bowl
year game winner loser result venue
2000 German Flag Bowl I. Munich Coyotes Hamburg Pioneers Snappers 17: 6 Cuxhaven
2001 German Flag Bowl II Munich Coyotes Hamburg Pioneers Snappers 31:14 Braunschweig
2002 German Flag Bowl III Bonn Gamecocks Kelkheim Lizzards Final tournament Kelkheim
2003 German Flag Bowl IV Dresden Royal Guards Hamburg Gray Devils 25:15 Hamburg, Homefield Hamburg Pioneers
2004 German Flag Bowl V. Dresden Royal Guards Kelkheim Lizzards 31:29 OT Dresden, Bärnsdorfer Strasse stadium
2005 German Flag Bowl VI Braunschweig Lions Hamburg Gray Devils 40:13 Braunschweig, Waggum sports ground
2006 German Flag Bowl VII Dresden Royal Guards Hamburg Pioneers Snappers 22:14 Dresden, Bärnsdorfer Strasse stadium
2007 German Flag Bowl VIII Berlin Bears Hamburg Swans 10: 7 Hamburg, Homefield Hamburg Pioneers
2008 German Flag Bowl IX Berlin Bears Kelkheim Lizzards 14: 7 Berlin, DeGeWo Stadium
2009 German Flag Bowl X Berlin Bears Hamburg Swans 23:18 Hildesheim
2010 DFFL Bowl I Berlin Bears Hamburg Pioneers Snappers 12: 7 Hamburg, Homefield Hamburg Pioneers
2011 DFFL Bowl II Hamburg Pioneers Snappers Braunschweig Lions 26:20 Braunschweig, Sportpark Rote Wiese
2012 DFFL Bowl III Berlin Bears Hamburg Pioneers Snappers 28:19 Berlin, DeGeWo Stadium
2013 DFFL Bowl IV Hamburg Pioneers Snappers Kiel Baltic Hurricanes 14:10 Hamburg, Homefield Hamburg Pioneers
2014 DFFL Bowl V Hamburg Pioneers Snappers Berlin Bears 72:06 Hamburg, Homefield Hamburg Pioneers
2015 DFFL Bowl VI Hamburg Pioneers Snappers Leipzig Lions Flaginizer 14:12 Radebeul
2016 DFFL Bowl Vll Hamburg Pioneers Snappers Leipzig Lions Flaginizer 28:25 Leipzig
2017 DFFL Bowl VllI Hamburg Pioneers Snappers Dresden Monarchs Senior Flag 32: 7 Hamburg, Homefield Hamburg Pioneers
2018 DFFL Bowl IX Hamburg Pioneers Snappers Kiel Baltic Flag Hurricanes 43:21 Hamburg, Homefield Hamburg Pioneers
2019 DFFL Bowl X Dresden Monarchs Senior Flag Hamburg Pioneers Snappers 17:07 Dresden, Bärnsdorfer Strasse stadium
German Indoor Flag Bowl
year game winner loser result venue
2012 German Indoor Flag Bowl XIII (5on5) Kelkheim Lizzards Walldorf Wanderers 29:18 Bremerhaven
2011 German Indoor Flag Bowl XII (5on5) Kelkheim Lizzards Walldorf Wanderers 32:25 Duisburg
2010 German Indoor Flag Bowl XI (5on5) Braunschweig Lazy Brains Kelkheim Lizzards 12:06 Walldorf
2009 German Indoor Flag Bowl X (5on5) Walldorf Wanderers Kelkheim Lizzards 31:25 Walldorf
2008 German Indoor Flag Bowl IX (5on5) Kelkheim Lizzards Walldorf Wanderers 24:21 Walldorf
2007 German Indoor Flag Bowl VIII (5on5) Kelkheim Lizzards Walldorf Wanderers 13: 7 Kelkheim
2006 German Indoor Flag Bowl VII (7on7) Kelkheim Lizzards SG Flyers / Bulls 20:19 Kelkheim
2005 German Indoor Flag Bowl VI (7on7) Kelkheim Lizzards Marburg Mercenaries 25:24 Kelkheim
2004 German Indoor Flag Bowl V (7on7) Hamburg Blue Devils Hamburg Gray Devils 20:14 Hamburg
2003 German Indoor Flag Bowl IV (7on7) Rüsselsheim Razorbacks Hamburg Gray Devils 12: 6 Kelkheim
2002 German Indoor Flag Bowl III (7on7) Marburg Mercenaries Nuremberg Rams 21:12 Kelkheim
2001 German Indoor Flag Bowl II (7on7) Marburg Mercenaries Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns 18: 6 Marburg
2000 German Indoor Flag Bowl I (7on7) Marburg Mercenaries Table win 0-0 Kiel

College Flag Football

Flag football has been played at German universities since 1999. The unofficial university championships in the form of the adh open of the General German University Sports Association (adh) have existed since 2002. The popular indoor flag tournament "Snow Bowl" has been played annually in January in Thuringia at the TU Ilmenau among 15 teams since 2002 . It is played only 5 against 5 without contact according to the flag football rules of the AFVD. The plan is to play the 1st University Bowl as the official German University Championship in spring 2011 on the occasion of the 10th adh open flagfootball in cooperation with the AFVD.

Youth Flag Football

Since 1999 there has also been the German Junior Flag Bowl in Germany. At this event, the national champions meet in a tournament to play the German champions. Boys and girls aged 10 to 15 are eligible to play.

German Junior Flag Bowl

year Venue German champions Vice Master
2014 Hildesheim Fürsty Razorbacks Hamburg Flag Devils
2013 Hildesheim Holzgerlingen Twister Hamburg Piokids
2012 Rothenburg odT Hamburg Piokids Franken Knights
2011 Braunschweig Hamburg Flag Devils Weinheim Longhorns
2010 Kiel Wiesbaden Phantoms Holzgerlingen Twister
2009 Frankfurt am Main Langenfeld Longhorns Kiel Wild Hurricanes
2008 Rothenburg odT Langenfeld Longhorns Franken Knights
2007 Berlin Berlin eagle Dusseldorf panther
2006 Hamburg Dusseldorf panther Hamburg Flag Devils
2005 Dusseldorf Dusseldorf panther Hamburg Flag Devils
2004 Berlin Berlin Rebels Amper Bay Buccaners
2003 Stuttgart Berlin Thunderbirds Dusseldorf panther
2002 Dusseldorf Hamburg Flag Devils Franken Knights
2001 Lübeck Hamburg Flag Devils Franken Knights
2000 eat Hamburg Flag Devils Dusseldorf panther
1999 Rothenburg or T. Hamburg Flag Devils Rothenburg

German Indoor Junior Flag Bowl

German championships have also been held in the hall since 2007. As in the German Junior Flag Bowl, the state winners play for the title, the game mode is 5on5.

year Venue German champions Vice Master
2015 Rothenburg or T. Nuremberg Rams Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns
2014 Schwäbisch Hall Holzgerlingen Twister Franken Knights
2013 Kelkheim Franken Knights Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns
2012 Weinheim Franken Knights Weinheim Longhorns
2011 Rothenburg or T. Weinheim Longhorns Franken Knights
2010 Rothenburg or T. Nuremberg Rams Franken Knights
2009 Schwäbisch Hall Nuremberg Rams Wiesbaden Phantoms
2008 Rothenburg or T. Wiesbaden Phantoms Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns
2007 Rothenburg or T. Dusseldorf panther Franken Knights (Rothenburg odT)

German School Flag Bowl

A German School Flag Bowl has also been held since 2007. The game mode is 5on5.

year Venue German champions Vice Master
2013 Meerbusch Duisburg SteinFire Marienheide Flames
2012 Stuttgart Meerbusch Eagles Duisburg Steinfire
2011 Bad Schwartau GaMagics Meerbusch Eagles
2010 Bochum TFG Desperados Black Swan 07
2009 Meerbusch Meerbusch Eagles GaMagics
2008 Bingen a. Rh. Meerbusch Eagles Bingen Buccaneers
2007 Cologne Meerbusch Eagles Blue deers

German S'Cool Final

The predecessor of today's German School Flag Bowl was the Germany-wide German S'Cool Final, which, also in 5on5 game mode, was held in Cologne in 2006 and 2007.

year Venue German champions Vice Master
2006 Cologne Hillsiders (Seeheim-Jugenheim) Agnes-Miegel Hawks (Düsseldorf)
2005 Cologne Meerbusch Eagles (Meerbusch) Keltix 2 (Rossdorf)

Flag football in Austria

A first major flag tournament was held in 1997 by the AFBÖ . Then some clubs were founded that played games in small tournaments. Due to the increasing popularity of the sport, the Flag League Austria (FLA formerly AFL) was founded in 2001 and the first official Austrian championship was held.

At first there were only a few clubs, but the scene grew continuously. Ten teams from several federal states (Lower Austria, Styria, Vienna and Upper Austria) are currently playing in the Bundesliga FLA for the Austrian championship title. In addition, the second Bundesliga "Flag Liga Austria 2" (FLA2) was introduced in 2011, which emerged from the unofficial "FlagLiga 2" launched in 2009. The winner of the FLA2 final will be promoted to the FLA, while the runner-up will play a relegation game against the penultimate of the FLA at the end of the season for promotion to the Bundesliga. The last of the FLA is relegated directly to the second division. A third Bundesliga (FLA3) has also been launched since the 2019 season. The winner of this league takes over the starting place in the next FLA2 season, instead of the last one in the previous one.

The Austrian men's national team won the European championship in 2003 and the world championship in 2004 (5 against 5). In August 2012, the men's selection won the largest (16 nations for men, 12 for women) flag football world championship tournament in Gothenburg, Sweden, and secured the gold medal with a final victory ahead of the US men and the Danish national team. With Michael Terzer (Klosterneuburg Indians) an Austrian attacker was also named the “Most Valuable Player” of the tournament. In 2018 the men's national team was able to secure the silver medal behind the selection of the USA.

The women's national team won the European Championship in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.


Since the 2019 season, 25 teams have been playing in Austria's three federal leagues. Furthermore, some teams have teams in the Flag League Ladies (FLL) and Flag League Youth (FLJ).

league society state
FLA Beavers Styria
FLA De la Salle Saints Vienna
FLA Graz Panthers Styria
FLA Honeybees Vienna
FLA Klosterneuburg Indians Lower Austria
FLA Steelshark Traun Upper Austria
FLA Styrian Studs Styria
FLA Vienna Constables Vienna
FLA Vienna Spartans Vienna
FLA Vienna Vipers Vienna
FLA2 Barracudas Vienna
FLA2 Dark Angels Vienna
FLA2 Flag Dragons Lower Austria
FLA2 Stealing Foxes Vienna
FLA2 Stonefield Raptors Lower Austria
FLA2 USI Avalanches Tyrol
FLA2 Vienna Constables II Vienna
FLA2 Vienna Sentinels Vienna
FLA3 Graz Beavers II Styria
FLA3 Graz Panthers II Styria
FLA3 Hirschbach Stags Upper Austria
FLA3 Honeybees II Vienna
FLA3 Klosterneuburg Indians II Lower Austria
FLA3 Styrian Studs II Styria
FLA3 Vienna Vipers Vienna


An Austrian championship has been held since 2001. A basic round and play-offs are played, the final is the Flag Bowl, in which the placements are played out. To bridge the winter months, an indoor bowl has also been held since 2005. It is played according to the official rules in the 5 against 5 variant.

Flag Bowl (2001-2018)

year place master Runner-up result
2001 Vienna Klosterneuburg Indians Vienna ramblocks 51:44
2002 Klosterneuburg Klosterneuburg Indians Vienna ramblocks 52:14
2003 Klosterneuburg Vikings flag Vienna ramblocks 42:12
2004 Vienna Klosterneuburg Indians Vienna ramblocks 38:27
2005 Vienna Klosterneuburg Indians Vienna ramblocks 35:27
2006 innsbruck Vienna Constables Styrian Studs 27:19
2007 Graz Styrian Studs Klosterneuburg Indians 31:26

Flag football has been a recognized sport in Austria since 2008 and the winner of the FLA is the official Austrian national champion.

year place State champion Vice State Champion result
2008 Vienna Vienna Constables Styrian Studs 27:24
2009 Vienna Vienna Constables Vienna Vipers 40:38
2010 Vienna Styrian Studs Klosterneuburg Indians 38:33
2011 Vienna Klosterneuburg Indians Styrian Studs 33:26
2012 Vienna Styrian Studs Klosterneuburg Indians 40:39
2013 Vienna Klosterneuburg Indians Graz Panthers 31:25 (OT)
2014 Vienna Styrian Studs Graz Panthers 49:34
2015 Vienna Klosterneuburg Indians Styrian Studs 41:31
2016 Vienna Klosterneuburg Indians Graz Panthers 62:25
2017 Graz Klosterneuburg Indians AFT Vienna Constables 59:19
2018 Vienna AFT Vienna Constables Klosterneuburg Indians 38:33
2019 Vienna Klosterneuburg Indians Styrian Studs 33:12

Indoor bowl (2005-2013)

year place master Runner-up result
2005 Vienna Vienna ramblocks Vienna Constables 25:06
2006 Vienna Bad boys Styrian Studs 33:32
2007 Vienna Styrian Studs Vienna ramblocks 28:13
2008 Vienna Styrian Studs Dark Angels 58:14
2009 Vienna Vienna Constables Dark Angels 63:60
2010 Vienna Styrian Studs Vienna Constables 48:18
2011 Vienna Styrian Studs Dark Angels 52:50
2012 Vienna Styrian Studs Vienna Vikings 47:25
2013 Vienna Styrian Studs Vienna Vikings 72:39

Eternal ranking list (only Flagbowl)

team state founding year master Runner-up 3rd place 4th Place
Klosterneuburg Indians Lower Austria 1999 8th 3 4th 1
Styrian Studs Styria 2005 4th 4th 2
Vienna Constables Vienna 1997 3 5 4th
VikingsFlag Vienna 2001 1 1 2
Vienna ramblocks Vienna 1979 5
Graz Panthers Styria 2006 3 3
Vienna Vipers Vienna 2004 1 1 2
Black Flag Raiders Tyrol 2005 1 1
Danube Flag Dragons Lower Austria 2002 1
Steelsharks Traun Upper Austria 2009 2
Mödling Hawks
(Old Stars Mödling)
Lower Austria 2007

Flag football in Switzerland

In Switzerland, the Swiss American Football Association (SAFL) is responsible for flag football. In addition to the National Flag Football League (NFFL) for adults, there are also youth championships in the U13 and U16 categories.

Participant NFFL 2017

The following teams took part in the 2017 NFFL championship. The place of origin of the team is in brackets, if this is not evident from the name:

Swiss master

year place Swiss master Runner-up result
2003 Train dolphins
2004 Train dolphins
2005 Schwyz Rocks Train dolphins
2006 Schwyz Rocks St. Gallen Vipers
2007 Schwyz Rocks
2008 Schwyz Rocks St. Gallen Vipers
2009 St. Gallen Vipers
2010 Zurich Renegades St. Gallen Vipers
2011 Basel St. Gallen Vipers Zurich Renegades 46:18
2012 St. Gallen Vipers Zurich Renegades
2013 train St. Gallen Vipers Zurich Renegades 46:32
2014 train Zurich Renegades St. Gallen Vipers 54:40
2015 St. Gallen Winterthur Red Lions ASVZ Mockingbirds 47:39
2016 Winterthur Zurich Renegades Winterthur Red Lions 45:34
2017 Winterthur ASVZ Blackbirds Lucerne Pikes 39:20

Web links

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