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 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:


NFL FLAG powered by USA Football continues to enjoy record participation as over 310,000 children in 48 states and Washington D.C., took part in the 2015 flag season - a 13 percent increase over the previous year. 

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 has given NFL FLAG Essentials Kits to 1 million students across 2,500 schools nationwide. 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.

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:

NFL Punt, Pass & Kick:

USA Football manages the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick program, the nation’s largest grassroots sports skills competition. USA Football, in conjunction with NFL clubs, brings the excitement of Punt, Pass & Kick to more than 2,500 communities and nearly 200,000 boys and girls ages 6 to 15 in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. The program culminates in an annual national championship hosted by a NFL team for five age divisions for both boys and girls.
To learn more about NFL PP&K 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:


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 2015, more than 300 camps supported through this grant program were held across the country and allowed more than 60,000 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.