Youth Football

Through our grant programs, hundreds of thousands of youngsters have been given the opportunity to learn the game of football, get physically fit, and stay involved in productive after-school activities with adult mentors. The programs supported by the NFL Foundation also have provided youth football participants with safe and accessible places to play, as well as programs and initiatives that address the importance of proper coaching, health, safety and welness, academic and life skills development and character education programs.


USAFB-Primary-WBG-CMYK.pngThe NFL Foundation champions the development of football at the youth level through funding support of USA Football.

USA Football is the sport’s national governing body, leads the game’s development, inspires participation and ensures a better and safer experience for all youth, high school and other amateur players. USA Football was founded in 2002 by the National Football League and the NFL Players Association. To learn more about USA Football and access its resources, visit:


In 2016, the NFL Foundation contributed $1 million to support NFL FLAG powered by USA Football  to help fund NFL FLAG Essentials Kits in schools. The kits include footballs, flag belts, posters a PE curriculum training and recognition they need to uplift and support physical education. Children will be able to participate in upcoming 2015-16 school year via new kits.

USA Football recommends flag football as the first touch point for all athletes to the sport as the flag game introduces football’s basic skills in a fun, limited-contact environment in which young athletes get to play and learn all positions.

NFL FLAG has teamed up with NFL, USA Football, GENYOUth and Fuel Up to PLAY 60 and is implemented in nearly 8,500 schools nationwide, impacting more that three million students. In addition, more than 1,500 physical education teachers have received in-person NFL FLAG training and curriculum.

Eligible schools can apply to the Kits via Fuel Up to Play 60 website:

NFL FLAG coaches receive a free USA Football coaching membership, complete with access to coaching certification, Practice Planner, Drills Library and Playbook – all specifically designed for the flag game. For more information on NFL FLAG, visit:


USA Football’s FUNdamentals program reaches more than 10,000 children ages 6-14 each year, teaching them the sport’s basic fundamentals in a fun, energetic and non-contact environment. Certified clinicians use a series of drills to introduce passing, catching and running in a non-contact setting.

FUNdamentals introduces children to football by teaching basic skills in a FUN and energetic environment. Certified clinicians use a series of drills to show passing, catching and running skills in a non-contact setting.

All skills and drills selected are based on USA Football's Player Progression Development Model, ensuring children are learning in an age-appropriate manner and creating an ideal atmosphere for FUN!

Along with fan festivals at the Big Ten and ACC championships and clinics at the SEC and C-USA championship in 2014, FUNdamentals instruction is taught by dozens of current and former NFL players during their summer football camps. For more information on FUNdamentals, visit:

NFL Punt, Pass & Kick:

During the upcoming 2017-2018 season, our primary focus in youth football will continue to be promoting participation at all levels and investing time and resources in programs that are most successful at reaching that goal.  
At the 2017 NFL Club Youth Football Summit, we shared that as a result of our focus on participatory programs, including NFL FLAG-In-Schools, the League will no longer sanction PPK events. The resources from that program will be integrated into other youth football priorities.  
We believe programs such as NFL FLAG-In-Schools offer a unique opportunity to expand our reach and introduce more kids to the fundamentals of football in school and recreational environments.


Through the NFL Youth Football Camp Grant Program, grants of up to $4,000 are awarded to free, non-contact youth football camps and clinics organized by current and former NFL players and coaches. 

In 2017, the NFL Foundation awarded $1 million in total to more than 350 camps through this grant program. These youth football camps were held across the country and allowed more than 80,000 kids to play and be active in a healthy and fun environment.

The NFL Youth Football Camp Grant program is one of the most popular grant programs offered by the NFL Foundation.

In partnership with USA Football, the NFL Foundation requires participating coaches and players affiliated with the Camp Grant program to participate in a free, 30-minute health and safety awareness course which includes educational elements from USA Football’s football coaching certification course. This online instruction establishes a strong competency level for coaches and clinicians who instruct youth athletes at each camp. For more information, click here.