Non-tackle football player putting Xenith LOOP on his head.
What is 7-on-7?

7-on-7 football (also known as 7v7, non-tackle, or touch-football) is not to be confused with flag-football in which players pull a flag from the belt of another player to end a play. With a 43% increase in participation between 2014 and 2018, non-tackle football is growing quicker than any sport or sport segment.

Football players reaching for the ball in a 7-on-7 football game.


How does 7v7 differ from tackle football?

7-on-7 plays very similar to a traditional game of football, but with a reduced level of contact and slightly different rules. As the name suggests, there are 7 players at a time on the field for each team, while in regular football there are 11. Positions and rules differ based on geographic location, but the most widely accepted setup for a 7-on-7 offense is composed of a snapper, a quarterback and a mixture of receivers and running backs.

There are no linemen or any tackling allowed in non-tackle football. Players can get another player “down” by touching them anywhere below the neck with both hands. 

Football players playing 7v7 football


Where did non-tackle football come from?

7-on-7 football stems from the popular game of flag-football which was created on US military bases during World War II. During downtime, football was a popular way for troops to release pent-up energy while also having a good time. It wasn’t long before flag-football was born. From there, the game evolved and branched off to include a type of football game that omitted the use of flags. Thus came non-tackle football.

How is non-tackle football used and when is it played?  

7-on-7 is a game that can be played year-round, unlike traditional tackle football. There’s a lot less equipment required, and coaches are using it more and more to develop transferable skills for tackle football but without the need for contact on every play. Non-tackle games are great for developing route running, defensive coverage, and more technical aspects of football.

Many players participate in 7-on-7 in the off season to be better prepared for the tackle season, but coaches also utilize 7-on-7 setups during in-season practices to work on passing and run through plays. Some coaches notice that the players who do participate in 7-on-7 leagues in the off season tend to be more prepared than those who do not when tackle season comes around.

7-on-7 is also being used to showcase players’ skills for recruitment purposes. Instead of only watching game film, some college coaches are watching film from high school practices and non-tackle showcases in order to further analyze a player’s skill. Watching 7-on-7 film or live non-tackle showcases provides coaches with yet another way to get a better idea of the athlete’s capabilities.

What do you wear for a 7-on-7 football game? 

Headgear is becoming more and more popular in the world of non-tackle football. While the object of the game is to eliminate impacts, football is a competitive game and impacts can happen. The Xenith LOOP, backed by extensive research, is built to protect the areas most susceptible to injury in non-tackle football. Designed to accommodate all head shapes and hairstyles, the Xenith LOOP is the most comfortable and best performing non-tackle headgear on the market based on 2019 Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings. 

Devin Gardner wearing Xenith LOOP on the football field.

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