From creating a path to college to setting players up for tackle success, discover the core benefits of flag football and NFL FLAG
At NFL FLAG, we know the foundation of youth sports is more than just learning the fundamentals. It’s about being a part of team and, most importantly, having fun. That’s why each NFL FLAG league is designed to give boys and girls of all abilities a chance to learn, play—and have a blast doing it.
NFL FLAG is backed by the NFL, with former and current professional players helping develop leagues across the country. Even more, NFL FLAG is the largest flag football league in the U.S., and the only league where players can sport official NFL gear—just like the pros.
Many parents don’t realize that girls and boys of all abilities and sizes can learn how to play flag football. It’s no contact, inclusive, and easy to learn. You’ll find NFL FLAG leagues available for boys, girls, and coed, ages 4 to 17 years old.
Girls across the country are fueling their passion for flag football and taking their game to the college level. In 2020, women’s flag football became a sanctioned college sport, with 15 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) universities kicking off their leagues in 2021. The best part? They’re offering scholarships. Learn more about NAIA Women’s Flag Football.
Did you know that the skills learned in flag football transfer directly to tackle? For many tackle football families, flag is a great starting point to improve technique and learn the fundamentals of the game, especially in the offseason. It’s the perfect introduction to catching, throwing, formations, routes, defensive skills, and more.
Flag football is the ultimate team sport that teaches leadership, sportsmanship, and self-confidence. NFL FLAG leagues compete 5 on 5, giving every player a chance to make a big impact and learn valuable lessons both on and off the field.
The number one reason families love NFL FLAG? It’s fun! Flag football’s no-contact rule, combined with its team-oriented environment, makes it easy for kids to come together and play. That’s why all of our tournaments and leagues are designed with kids in mind.
All NFL FLAG coaches must complete yearly health and safety trainings, as well as a background check at the beginning of each season. Additionally, every official completes a certification course to ensure the game is always played fairly.