NFL FLAG, the country's most recognizable youth flag football program, is now powered by USA Football, the official youth football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams.
Now called NFL FLAG powered by USA Football, the program serves communities of all sizes, offering organized flag football to boys and girls age 5-17. NFL FLAG powered by USA Football has grown to more than 150,000 players nationwide.
Players learn every position on the field and strengthen their football fundamentals through USA Football's advanced instructional resources. The program also incorporates football values of teamwork and sportsmanship.
NFL FLAG powered by USA Football promotes physical fitness as part of NFL PLAY 60, the league's youth health and fitness campaign, aimed at getting kids active for 60 minutes a day.
NFL FLAG leagues receive NFL team-branded jerseys and official NFL FLAG belts for each player as well as two NFL youth footballs for every 10 children registered. Full-season registration includes USA Football player membership, which delivers youth flag football resources to educate players and parents on the game's fundamentals as well as player health and safety material.
All coaches in the program have free access to USA Football's certified flag football coaching course, spanning topics from the sport's fundamentals to concussion education. Coaches and players can also take advantage of USA Football's drills library featuring video of more than 150 drills to view on a computer and conduct on the practice field.
In upcoming months, NFL FLAG powered by USA Football coaches will receive the following USA Football member benefits: downloadable playbooks with more than 300 plays; access to online instructional video to coach every position; and an online practice planner to run fun and efficient practices.
Leagues and teams also are eligible for NFL FLAG regional tournaments for 9-14 year-olds, events hosted in NFL cities every fall. Regional tournament winners advance to the annual NFL FLAG National Tournament of Champions.
"NFL FLAG powered by USA Football is a great way to teach young fans the fundamentals of football, while helping them get active as part of NFL PLAY 60," said NFL Vice President, Fan Strategy and Marketing PETER O'REILLY. "We're pleased to be working even more closely with USA Football to bring football and fitness to kids across the country."
"NFL FLAG powered by USA Football delivers the fun and excitement of football while effectively teaching the game's fundamentals," USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK said. "We're pleased to contribute to NFL FLAG and make the program even stronger for the millions of kids who love the sport and benefit from it."
About USA Football:USA Football, the sport's national governing body in the United States, leads the game's development, inspires participation, and ensures a positive experience for all youth, high school, and other amateur players. The independent non-profit hosts more than 80 football training events annually for coaches, players and youth football league commissioners. USA Football is the Official Youth Football Development Partner of the NFL, the NFL Players Association and each of the league's 32 teams and manages U.S. national teams for international competition. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football distributes $1 million annually in equipment grants and offers youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Former NFL team executive Carl Peterson is USA Football's chairman.