Flag Football Officiating

Course description:

This is a comprehensive flag football officiating qualification, which provides knowledge of officiating and enables the holder to lead or assist the officiating of flag football games in a formal capacity. It is recommended that newly qualified officials should work under the supervision of an experienced official for a minimum of 8 full games.

Learners can expect to cover the following and more:

  • The Basics of Refereeing (Officiating 101)
  • The Field and Equipment
  • Basic Signals and Communicating Decisions
  • Rapport and Relationships with Players and Coaches
  • The Coin Toss
  • Managing Parents and Fans
  • Managing Coaches and Players
  • Game Administration
  • Officials’ Roles and Responsibilities
  • Mechanics and Areas of Responsibility
  • Pre-snap Positioning
  • Play Coverage
  • Game Timing
  • Penalties and Penalty Enforcement
  • Integrity of Officials
  • Feedback and Self-evaluation
Individuals who usually attend this course are players or ex-players, coaches or ex-coaches, interested adults, teachers, youth workers, students etc. You do not need prior experience in flag football but experience in some capacity is recommended.
This course is ideal for learners who are seeking to officiate in a professional manner and for those seeking to develop into potentially paid officiating roles.
Learners must:
  • Be at least 16 years of age (NB. 16- and 17-year-olds must work under the supervision of an ideally experienced official aged 18 or over)
  • Be able to communicate effectively
  • Make any special learning requirements known at the registration process if they require any assistance
  • Complete the following prerequisites for the course:
    • Watch the BAFA Flag 101 Video
    • Concussion Awareness – Crash Course
    • BAFA Flag Football Rulebook Download
  • It is advised, though not compulsory, that learners also take the following course:
    • Flag Training USA Football – Health and Safety
To achieve the British American Football Flag Officiating award, learners are required to have:
  • Completed all prerequisites for the course
  • Completed all online tasks
  • Completed the online test associated with the content covered on course and the rulebook
The course is completely online and can be completed at the learner’s own pace as long as the course is completed within one calendar year of registration.
The course consists of:
  • Online learning via our e-learning platform
  • Online Assessment Questions
  • Completing all prerequisites for the course
This course can lead to further learning, CPD or training in the area of officiating American Football and/or the progression onto the British American Football Contact Officiating qualifications.
The course will cost £40 per person. Full payment will need to be received prior to starting the course. You can purchase the course by clicking purchase course button at the top of this page. You will then be directed to a payment form, please complete this with all the elevant information. Once payment has been made a receipt will be emailed to you (please check your junk email if you havent received this). You can also view any receipt you have by clicking on the Bill Manager button which is located within the profile tab on the top right of your screen.