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Through the National Team Development Program, top flag football players from around the country are identified, trained and selected to be developed and exposed to the next level of competition on USA Football’s Select Teams.
With the help of National Team personnel and resources, Select Team athletes will hone their skills and raise their game as they train and compete in USA Football’s Select Bowl in Los Angeles. Top performances will further cement why they should earn an invite to the 2025 U.S. National Team Trials.
Every year, thousands of athletes are evaluated for the U.S. Flag National Team or a Junior National Team. To support the next generation of athletes on the cusp of greatness and give more athletes a chance to #RepTheFlag, USA Football is launching the National Team Development Program in 2024!
USA Football is building this developmental pipeline to feed future National Teams competing in international competitions, including the Olympics.
Select Team athletes are exposed to further testing in-line with the premier offerings provided to the U.S. National Team roster. Athletic potential will be maximized by the engagement with National and Select Team Personnel in the following areas:
Athletes will receive these resources throughout the year both live (virtual/in-person) and on-demand.
USA Football is excited to share 20 Select Team opportunities in 2024 and is excited to about potential expanded opportunities in the future. These teams will each feature their own specially trained coaching staff that will lead athletes in the USA Football Select Bowl.
Athletes who desire to compete on a Select Team need to become USA Football Athlete Members. Membership includes a Welcome Gift, Digital Resources, National Team eligibility, Sanctioned Tournament eligibility, Accident Insurance and more!
The main way is through our Talent ID Camps! Show off your skills, refine your techniques and help us identify and develop the best flag football players at USA Football’s 1-day Talent ID Camps. Each camp features four areas to help you up your game:
Talent ID Camps are part of the National Team Development Program. Participants in Talent ID Camps will be eligible for invitation to either 2025 U.S. National Team Trials or a roster position on a USA Football Select Team (based on age and/or skill). Select Teams will compete in USA Football inaugural Select Bowl.
Each team will compete in the USA Football Select Bowl in Los Angeles! Taking place in July 2024, this 4-day event will feature:
The National Team Development Program and its Select Teams are an exclusive, in-depth experience where you will be pushed to your next level and exposed to National Team-caliber resources, development and engagements. There will be a cost to participate on Select Teams. If you have questions or want to learn more, you may reach out to our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
12 or younger as of December 31, 2024. Example for a 12U Select Team: 12 or younger as of December 31, 2024.
While National Team coaches or athletes may participate in this space, the only camps that count as U.S. National Team Qualifying Events or that make you eligible for a Select Team are Talent ID Camps operated by USA Football.
USA Football plans to create four Select Teams for the following areas: 12U Boys, 12U Girls, 14U Boys, 14U Girls, 20U Girls. Each team will feature 10-12 athletes and will train and compete in July 2024 in Los Angeles at the USA Football Select Bowl. That means over 200 players will be eligible.
In 2024, USA Football invited 60 men and 60 women to tryout for its Adult National Teams. In addition, invited 36 boys and 36 girls for each of its Junior National Teams. Invites were sent December 2023. As a reminder, participants in 2024 Talent ID Camps will be eligible for 2025 National Team Tryouts, which may feature different quantities.