Heads Up Football for Youth Leagues and Clubs

Make football safety a central part of the game

Heads Up Football is about the safety of your athletes. Parents and players are more aware of football safety than ever. As a commissioner, you can join more than 7,000 youth football leagues across the country that have responded by enrolling in this unique program that advances player safety through education and nationally endorsed standards.


Safety First

Working with leading football experts and medical professionals, USA Football developed Heads Up Football specifically to meet the needs of player safety.

Better Coaching

Youth football leagues are implementing the Heads Up Football program — and are realizing the benefits that certified coaches and a commitment to safety can bring. Listen to what league administrators are saying about encouraging consistent high standards and training across all of their teams.

Heads Up Football Youth Key Feature

Coach Certification

Veteran coaches, rookies, weekend assistants — as a key part of the program, everyone who coaches in your league gets trained and certified in football safety.

Heads Up Football Youth Key Components

Concussion Recognition and Response

Education is the first step in concussion awareness and player protection. Resources developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guide what to look for and how to respond.

Heat Preparedness and Hydration

Developed by the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut, targeted instruction puts the emphasis on prevention, recognition and basic treatment of athletes with best practices for heat and hydration safety at all levels.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Teams learn how to put procedures in place to quickly react in the case of cardiac events — the No. 1 cause of death for children and teens during exercise – with instruction driven by the University of Washington Harborview Medical Center.

Proper Equipment Fitting

Equipment that doesn’t fit or isn’t worn properly can increase the risk of injury. That’s why every coach gets guidance on how to properly fit helmets and shoulder pads.

Shoulder Tackle

A step-by-step guide, featuring Seattle Seahawks Assistant Head Coach Rocky Seto, teaches the core principles of proper tackling and helps set a new standard in player safety.

Blocking and Defeating Blocks

Learn techniques for blocking and defeating blocks that focus on leveraging the hips and hands for superior control.

Coaching 101

Learn the roles of coaches, the keys to communication and how to plan practices for skill development.

Setting a new standard for a safer game.


It’s what parents expect. It’s what athletes deserve. Heads Up Football makes football safety an integral part of your league’s operations with a straightforward, predictable timetable for rolling out the program, certifying coaches and educating parents.


For high school programs and youth leagues, football safety is at the top of the agenda. As medical knowledge advances and parents become more focused on safety, it is essential to have a strong plan in place to promote concussion awareness, injury prevention and other issues.

Heads Up Football provides the training, education and awareness that the coaches you’re responsible for need along with the certification and backing of USA Football that parents respect. If you are not ready to enroll but want to discuss your options, let us answer your questions. Select “contact me” below to have a USA Football Heads Up Football representative provide you with more details.