Football is dangerous. Players get tackled. Their helmets clash. This can cause head injuries. Flag football is safer. There’s no tackling. The sport is becoming more popular.
Here’s how the game works. Players wear a belt with a flag. The quarterback throws the ball. A teammate catches it and runs for the end zone. The other team tries to snatch the flag.
Flag football takes skill and speed. Some say it’s more exciting than tackle football. Plus, there are fewer injuries. TIME for Kids talked to a fifth grader in Illinois. His name is Danny Lee. He said, “All my friends are playing flag football. Every year, it gets more fun.”