A game before a sport
First Down introduces kids and parents to the game of football in a fun, free and friendly format.
Kids get active and learn the basics of football such as running, jumping, passing and catching. Through hundreds of events across the country, hosted by USA Football and community organizations, kids will experience football for the first time. This initiative brings football to everyone and serves as an athlete’s first step into the Football Development Model.
Five reasons why you should register your son or daughter for a First Down Program:
Football helps kids grow up to be active, confident, responsible and resilient
It’s a fun, free and friendly way to try football
Connect with other parents and kids from around town
Meet local coaches and community leaders
Learn more about USA Football’s efforts to grow the game
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All First Down events are free, and focus on teaching core skills like running, passing, catching, hand-offs and other football movements. First Down events occur all around the country. Though they all have the same goal and basic elements, they can look a little different. Scroll over each one to see the details.
Similar to Tours, these are staffed by USA Football and held at major football events like the NFL Draft, Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, NCAA bowl games and the College Football Playoff. They are fast and fun!
Run by USA Football, Tours are the largest First Down events with up to 600 kids over each day. They are hosted at NFL facilities in select markets. Kids will go home with a shirt and gift from USA Football.
USA Football provides the curriculum for these events that are run by community-based leagues and other organizations. These events vary in length from a couple of hours to multiple days.
Want to host your own First Down Program? Click Host an Event to find out more information and see what your youth league or youth organization can do to help grow the game in your local area!
All organizations that enroll with USA Football and host a First Down Program receive free curriculum with dozens of drills and a run of show for any length of program. Click Here to see what it’s like!
Five reasons why you should participate in hosting a First Down Program:
Share the game you love with more people
The first 300 organizations to enroll receive free equipment including balls, flag belts, disc cones, whistle and more
Reach new audiences and connect with more people in your area
Earn goodwill in your community
All hosts get free curriculum, promotional materials and run of show