The Donegal Derry Vipers are now Recruiting for the 2020 American Football Ireland Flag Football League
The First Official Training session for the Donegal Derry Vipers Flag Team is set to take place at 9am-12pm on Saturday the 15th of August at the Vale Centre in Greysteel, Co. Derry and is opened to anyone (male or female) aged 16 or older.
“Flag Football is the fastest-growing format of the game on the Emerald Isle, encompassing schools, colleges, and the community. Everyone can play regardless of fitness level, experience or gender. Playing Flag Football is an excellent way to exercise and stay in shape. While being an alternative to American Football, you are constantly running, sprinting, tumbling and tossing the ball – all in just one play. No matter at what level you play Flag Football, you are bound to get a good craic. Flag Football is the perfect sport for young players who’d like to go on to American Football at an older age and for adult players interested in keeping fit and having fun doing it.” (Quote from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/flag-football/)
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Vipers Head Coach Gareth Gordan would advise anyone who is thinking on attending the training to have a look at this short video below which explains the majority of the rules on how to play.
The Vipers will be competing in the AFI Flag Division One, battling it out for the Glas Bowl (Division One Championship game).
A Guide On How To Play Flag Football
FLAG FOOTBALL IN IRELAND
American Football Ireland (AFI) Flag Football currently runs two mixed (or co-ed) leagues:
- AFI Flag Premier Division
- AFI Flag Division One
Although both leagues run on a similar format, AFI Flag Premier Division is the premier league of Flag Football in Ireland with the top Flag Football teams on the island competing for a chance at the Emerald Bowl (Premier Division Championship game) at the end of the season.
AFI Flag Division One, on the other hand, is built for new entrants and teams wishing to develop their squad to Premier Division level. All teams will have a chance to battle it out for the Glas Bowl (Division One Championship game). Both leagues are linked with a promotion/relegation scheme ensuring a fair level of game for all teams and participants involved. There are teams in most parts of the country, some affiliated to American Football clubs and others independent.
(Information from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/flag-football/