This rulebook for American Touch Football has been created with the hope of creating a great playing experience which looks and feels much more like the football you see on TV than does traditional flag or touch rules. These rules work very well and if you've found this site and are based outside of the Boston area we invite you to give them a try with your own league or pick-up games. Groups from D.C. to California have had success using OFL rules.
OFL ("Our Football League") is a long-running (25+ years) touch ("contact tag") American football club based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is organized and run by Shaun Wolf Wortis.
We kick off every Sunday at 9:30AM, September through the Super Bowl in February. 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 generally without stoppages, except for injuries etc, 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.
OFL 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 really 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
Last updated: Aug.08.2016