The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) designated girls flag football as an official high school sport for the 2023-24 school year.
The sport received lots of buzz last year when several school districts across the state expressed an interest in bringing flag football to California’s schools.
After a few unofficial games were played last year, CIF chose to make it official, with the first CIF Girls High School Flag Football Champions to be crowned in the next couple of months.
Similar to the “11-versus-11” Boys Football season, the Girls Flag Football season is a fall sport, with regular league games being held in September and October, followed by the CIF playoffs in November.
Irvine high school teams — Woodbridge, Irvine, Northwood, University, Beckman, and Portola — will compete in the Pacific Coast League, similar to other school sports.
Games are played with 7 players on the field in a 7-versus-7 game, with each player having two flags around their waist. If an opponent grabs their flag, they are down and the play is over, as opposed to tackle football.
So far, Woodbridge has been the stand-out team in the Pacific Coast League, sitting at the top of the division, with a perfect 6-0 record so far.
Games are held at the high school’s home fields, or occasionally at neutral locations like the Great Park.
To learn more, visit the Max Preps Girls Flag Football website by clicking here.
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