Putting Athletes First

Enroll your organization to show your community your commitment to player safety and athlete experience.

IMPROVE YOUR LEAGUE

WHY ENROLL WITH
USA FOOTBALL?

Get access to tools that will help bring your league success.

Organizations that enroll with USA Football are committed to developing an excellent football program.

From coach certification to in-depth operations resources for your league, you will get access to what you need to improving the game in your community.

RAISE YOUR STANDARDS

Take the next step and become a USA Football Recognized League.

The League Excellence Program recognizes youth football organizations based on how they operate their leagues against the best practices as established by USA Football.

Leagues that meet or exceed the standards and criteria in each level will receive benefits based on their accomplishments, including increased support and recognition from USA Football.

USA FOOTBALL'S LEAGUE EXCELLENCE PROGRAM

Earn recognition and support for showing your dedication to growing the sport the right way.

Raising operations standards is what your athletes deserve and parents expect.
Take the next step toward bringing success to your organization by becoming a USA Football Recognized League.

Download the League Excellence Program Brochure.


USA Football's League Excellence Program will open in late March.
Enroll your organization today to get notified when you can start to earn your recognition.

GAME TYPES AND ENTRY POINTS FOR EVERY ATHLETE

From flag to traditional tackle, USA Football has outlined the progression of game types to provide
leagues and players the entry points and options to share and play the game

Offering multiple game types gives parents more options to consider, allows athletes to build confidence, and helps make the game safer by reducing contact.

NON-CONTACT

Non-Contact game types allow athletes to experience many of the position and skills of football.

Flag is the primary game type in this category. It provides a fun and fast-paced option that is played by millions of young and adult athletes.

Athletes learn the core values of football and establish a strong foundation for athletic success while playing on a smaller and shorter field with fewer players.

LIMITED-CONTACT

Limited Contact options act as a bridge game to form non-contact to full contact, allowing athletes to learn proper form and technique, while staying on their feet with addition of flags or TackleBar harness to their traditional equipment.

Rookie Limited TackleTM uses a smaller field, there are fewer players and rule modifications.

Senior Limited TackleTM is played on a ful-sized field, with rule modifications and game dynamics that mirror the look and feel of the traditional contact game.

CONTACT

There are many ways to play Contact football, from small-sided games with fewer athletes to the games we see on Sundays.

Rookie Tackle® features a smaller field and adds rules to make it more fun and manageable, while athletes continue to learn contact in a fun and developmentally appropriate way.

Senior TackleTM is the traditional game we're all familiar with, played on a full-sized field and often has 11 players on each side.

GET YOUR COACHES CERTIFIED

After enrolling with USA Football, the next step in the League Excellence Program
is to get all of your coaches certified.

This year, the new and revamped coach resources will help your coaches develop
the whole athlete based on their age and stage of development.