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.





The NFL Foundation champions the development of football at youth and scholastic levels through funding support of USA Football.

USA Football, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is the sport’s national governing body.  The organization leads the development of the sport, inspires participation and works to achieve a better and safer experience for all youth, high school and other amateur players.

USA Football was endowed in 2002 by the National Football League and the NFL Players Association. To learn more about USA Football and access its resources, visit:


In 2017, the NFL Foundation contributed more than $1.4 million to support NFL FLAG powered by USA Football  and help fund NFL FLAG Essentials Kits in schools through a partnership with the GenYOUTH Foundation and USA Football.  The kits include footballs, flag belts, kicking tees, equipment bag, posters and a training curriculum for PE teachers to help uplift and support physical education while allowing more youngsters to participate in flag football.

USA Football recommends flag football as an entry point into the sport as well as a way to play and enjoy football from youth through adulthood.  "Flag" introduces skills of the game in a fun, non-contact environment in which young athletes play and learn all positions.

NFL FLAG powered by USA Football has teamed with the NFL, USA Football, GENYOUth and Fuel Up to PLAY 60 and is implemented in nearly 8,500 schools nationwide, impacting more than 3 million students. In addition, more than 1,500 physical education teachers have received in-person NFL FLAG training and curriculum.

Eligible schools can apply for the NFL FLAG kits via the Fuel Up to Play 60 website:

NFL FLAG coaches receive a free USA Football coaching membership, complete with access to coaching certification specifically designed for the flag game. For more information on NFL FLAG, visit:


USA Football’s FUNdamentals program reaches more than 33,000 children aged 6-14 each year, teaching them the sport’s primary skills in a fun, energetic and contact-free way. Clinicians use a series of drills to introduce passing, catching and running.

All skills and drills selected are based on USA Football's Player Progression Development Model, ensuring children learn the game in an age-appropriate way when experiencing the joy and excitement of America's favorite sport.

Along with fan festivals at the Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conference championships and clinics at the Southeastern Conference and Conference-USA championship in 2017, 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 2017-18 season, our primary focus in youth football will continue to be promoting participation at all levels of the game 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 program, the NFL will no longer sanction NFL Punt, Pass & Kick 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.