Five-on-Five Flag Football Camaraderie Games unfolds today at 9 a.m. at the University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman track oval in Quezon City.
“The main goal for the games is for the relatively new teams to prepare for the collegiate club championships next year,” said Paul Le, president of Philippine Flag Football League (PFFL) in a phone interview with The Manila Times.
“The format of the games will be 5-on-5 coed and will be using the International Federation of American Football rules where the American Tackle Football Association of the Philippines (ATFAP) is a member and the PFFL as its affiliate handling the tournament,” added Le who is also the vice-president for Flag Football and a board member of ATFAP.
Eight teams will be competing including three teams from Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU), two teams fielding from De La Salle University (DLSU) and one team from U.P., Juggernaut Flag Football Club and Pirates FFT.
The team leaders are Cheenie Rapanut (DLSU), Gelino Guibone (ADMU), Julian Buban (UP), Oliver Montano (Juggernauts), Justin Gunnacao (Pirates).
In flag football, often called tackle football, the defensive team must remove a flag or flag belt from the ball barrier. It is a modified version of American Football, with less violent tackling that is usually associated with the game.
JEAN RUSSEL V. DAVID