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CQL Spring 7 on 7 Football Rules

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Age Groups & Cost:

  • 7U, 9U, 11U and 14U – Age as of 7/31/2019. Age groups match fall age groups.
  • No play-downs
  • Play for your home association
  • Birth Certificates to be held on file by each participating Member Association and
    able to be provided within 24-hours to a CQL commissioner if requested
  • Additional $15.00 non-county resident fee, per player *

Practice & Game Schedule:

  • Practice can begin Monday, 03/18/2019 – Each team sets their practice schedule.
  • 5-Game Season – Saturdays – 04/13, 04/20, 05/04, 05/11
  • Game Day Locations – North Field – Gordon Elementary (no lights) & South Field –
    Thomas Dale 9th Grade Campus (lights available)
  • Tournament: Saturday, May 18, 2019 – Manchester Middle School

Game Rules Equipment & Field Setup

  • Flags must be contrasting color to team colors, be at least 12 inches long and attach to belt with Velcro strips.
  • Mouth guards are required.
  • Football sizes: 7U/9U: K2, 11U: TDJ, 14U TDY – Home team to provide game ball.
  • The 7×7 game will be played on a 40 yard field (100 yard field split in half) with two-20 minute halves (running clock).
  • There is a 25-second play clock in between plays.


  • All possessions will start on the 40 yard line and the offensive team can achieve only one first down when they reach the 20 yard line.
  • The offense must have a center to snap the ball to the quarterback (under center or shotgun).
  • Only pass plays are allowed and the quarterback only has four seconds to pass the ball.
  • Double passes are allowed as long as the first pass is within four seconds and the second pass must be a forward pass.
  • The center is eligible to receive a pass.
  • A fumble is considered a dead ball. No blocking or contact is allowed.
  • Offensive receivers not catching the ball must stop when the ball is caught.


  • Touchdown – 6 points
  • Extra point from 10 yard line – 1 point
  • Extra point from 15 yard line – 2 points
  • Interceptions – Dead ball at the point of interception. Intercepting team gets ball at 20 yard line.
  • Overtime – Each team has a chance to score in each overtime from the 20 yard line until a winner is declared. Maximum of 3 overtimes.


  • Tackling or other contact is not allowed.
  • The defensive player must make an effort to pull the flag of the offensive player.
  • The defense can’t rush the QB.


  • Offensive penalties include: blocking, pass interference, unnecessary roughness, false start. Penalties will result in a 10 yard loss and loss of down.
  • Defensive penalties include: pass interference and unnecessary roughness. Penalties result in a 10 yard gain for the offense and an automatic first down.