Where we play
We kick off every Sunday from September through the Super Bowl in February at 9:30AM. For 2016/2017 we'll be playing at the field at Rogers Street, between 3rd and 2nd Streets in East Cambridge.
If you'd like to play, please contact Shaun Wortis (the Commissioner) via the contact form
There are two 45 minute halves and the clock runs genearlly without stoppages, similar to a rugby game. We typically end at 11:45AM.
"Semper amicus, semper fortis"
(Always friendly, always brave)
The mission of OFL is to have as much fun as one can have on a freezing December (January.. February..) Sunday morning in New England. All of us believe that playing football is really fun.
We welcome all comers and we play in all weather (except lightning storms) most every Sunday, up through the Super Bowl, typically in early February.
The competitive aspects of the game in OFL take a backseat to safety, fairness and fun. Especially fun.
The rules are designed to create as level a playing field and as fair a situation as possible, especially considering the diversity of sizes, ages, strengths and experience of players. That said, the rules are basically just guidelines. We are not interested in the microscopic analysis of each play that is destroying big league American football. Our ethos is much more similar to rugby: Tough guys playing a fluid and continuous gentlemen's game.
I would much rather that all disputes be settled by consensus. However, since football can be a very physical game it's necessary that players respect the ultimate authority of the Commissioner or whomever is "refereeing" the game. Basically in the end, what the ref says goes. If you think it was a touchdown and the ref thinks not, it's not. Period. Otherwise things can get ugly which is just plain not fun. And fun is the whole damn point.
Who Can Play
The Short Answer:
- Be prepared for a real football game, with bumps and bruises and a lot of sweating, and the possiblity of real injury. If you're looking for low-key flag football game or the touch football as you might have played after Thanksgiving with the family, OFL might not be for you.
- I ask that you commit to showing up on time and (injuries notwithstanding) playing until the game ends (cuz it sorta sucks when teams become uneven before the end of the game).
- Questions? Contact the Commish, please use the contact form
Teams can have up to eleven players on the field at a time (typically we play with seven to ten on a side). Substitutions, should there be more than eleven players on a team, can be taken during any dead ball situation, as per normal football rules.
Teams are divided at random using the handy OFL Randomizer. Team captains and/or the Commissioner can decide on pre-game trades to ensure as even a game as possible.
The dimensions of the field normally are 75 paces long, plus two ten-pace end zones, and 42 paces wide (with the width changing depending on the number of players).
The field has four first down lines marked by cones.
Uniforms and Equipment
Players need to wear black or gold to distinguish what team they're on. I bring a big bag of black and gold scrimmage vests each week, plus we periodically get official OFL jerseys made up for regulars that want 'em.
I highly recommend cleats. (NOTE: Baseball cleats with metal spikes are not allowed. Everything else is cool.)