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Among U.S. children age 6-14, 2.169 million played tackle football in 2015, up 1.9 percent from 2014 (2.128 million). Flag football participation among the same age group totaled 1.669 million in 2015, up 8.7 percent from 2014 (1.535 million).
In the 15-18 year old age group, 1.248 million U.S. children played tackle football in 2015, up 2.5 percent from 2014 (1.218 million). Flag football participation among this age group totaled 548,000 in 2015, up 10.5 percent from 2014 (496,000).
“You’re seeing greater physical literacy in better youth football programs – programs that embrace coaching education and teach the sport smarter and safer,” Sports & Fitness Industry Association President and CEO TOM COVE said. “In football and other sports, it will be interesting to learn if participation keeps rising as player safety continues to increase and the trend of higher standards in coaching education becomes the norm.”