Dedicated to Youth Football

USA Football is passionate about supporting the game, the athletes and the football community.

Who We Are

USA Football believes in the passion, intensity, joy, confidence and sense of community football brings to those who play, coach and love it. From practice to playoffs, we work to make the game better and safer, ensuring that nothing stands in the way of a player’s excitement for the sport.

We evolve and grow the sport through innovative standards and best practices to advance coach and player development, participation and safety within the fun of the game and its inherent values. As the sport’s national governing body and member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Football partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and athletics to support positive football experiences for youth, high school and other amateur players.

Our dedication to football pushes us to provide the best certifications, resources and programs, keeping the spirit and integrity of the game alive for the millions of athletes who enjoy the fun and benefit of playing.

Why We Exist

From the field to the stands, USA Football believes in the power of the game. As new players grow their love of football, we’ll grow the sport alongside them. Through the advancement of coaches, we develop valuable leadership, mentoring and practical skills, positioning them as forces of change both on and off the field.

We establish unmatched standards of safety, education and support for coaches and players in order to provide an environment where bonds are formed, skills are perfected and leaders are born.

What We Stand For

Development. Participation. Safety. Values.

These pillars, all of equal importance to us, serve as an expression of what we do and a constant reminder of why we do it. Through these standards, our goal is to grow a love and understanding of the game within the players, coaches and parents in the football community.


Our Values


USA Football leads the wide-ranging community within our sport and champions the athletes, parents, coaches, officials and administrators who bring youth and scholastic football to life.


USA Football’s mission is simple: To Advance, Unify and Grow the sport of Football.


To unite the football community, promote the game’s inherent values, and evolve the sport through innovative standards and programming.



Scholastic Teams
USA Football is a valuable asset for your middle- and high-school football programs, delivering training guidelines, coach development and certification, grants, fundraising support, the U.S. National Team, and Heads Up Football — the medically endorsed and most comprehensive safety program available in the sport.

Youth Leagues
USA Football provides resources and knowledge that enable league administrators to build and run successful youth football programs. Through Heads Up Football, certifications, safety clinics and player development opportunities, we’re your partner in promoting safety, skill development, character and athletic excellence.

USA Football knows parents are an essential part of the team. We make sure you have all the information you need about the game and your child’s team — including a thorough safety checklist and educational resources — while encouraging open lines of communication between coaches, administrators, parents and athletes.


Stay on top of everything that’s happening with USA Football and become part of our effort to bring people together across the nation to create a stronger, more influential football community.