Youth Flag Football Leagues & Programs For Kids

i9 Sports® offers youth flag football leagues for kids in communities across the nation. 

Our youth flag football programs for kids are perfect for families who want their young athletes to learn to play one of America’s favorite sports without the same dangerous risks that can lead to head injuries.   

i9 Sports® is proud to be a leader in raising national awareness about safety in youth sports,” i9 Sports CEO Brian Sanders said. “Flag football has become a popular choice for parents across the country, even those that played tackle football themselves, because it offers the benefits of learning the game, but with less risk of injury.”

The primary difference between flag football and tackle is that flag is a “no contact” game. Like tackle football, teams run or pass the ball down field in order to score a touchdown. Instead of tackling the ball carrier, defensive players attempt to pull the flags off the ball carrier’s belt. Once a flag is pulled, the player is considered “down”. 

At i9 Sports, we will never stop doing everything we can to better the world of youth sports. This includes making sure our programs are continuing to evolve so we can provide the best youth sports experience to our athletes and customers. That is why we have partnered with USA Football!

“Our team is excited to establish this partnership with USA Football whose approach supports the best interests of youth athletes that love this sport. Working together with industry leaders, our goal is to provide the best youth sports experience we can for kids and communities across the country. USA Football and its Football Development Model aligns perfectly with that goal,” said i9 Sports Vice President of Operations Chris Snyder.

USA Football will help power our youth flag football offerings with progressive, age-appropriate skill instruction aligned with it’s Football Development Model (FDM).

Looking for a youth flag football league for kids near you? Enter your zip code in our program search feature and sign up today! 


Aligned with the Football Development Model (ADM)

4 v 4

For our youngest age groups we offer our 4 v 4 format featuring reduced field and team sizes which means lots of playing time. Players will learn the fundamentals of flag football including running plays, flag pulling techniques and everyone’s favorite, scoring touchdowns. You will see lots of repetition, simple comprehensive plays, relaxed rules and a great sideline atmosphere.  We rotate players through various positions from quarterback to running back, center and receiver. This way everyone learns the importance of playing as a team. The playbook for kids in this age group is kept simple to enable players to grow more self-confident in the sport.  Based on skill level, game play typically involves more running plays. Yet, as the season progresses, more passing may be integrated. To maximize learning and fun, flag football rules are enforced with an emphasis on teachable moments. The most important outcomes are to develop a love for the game of football, increase self-confidence and to have fun!

Youth Flag football player catches the football while wearing a blue i9 Sports jersey

5 v 5

Moving up the developmental ladder, we have our 5 v 5 format with rule modifications and increased play complexity making it a program for all ages.  Played within a 30 x 70 yd field with enhanced safety features like no-run zones, players will experience incremental skill development both focused on the individual and team dynamics, a deeper understanding of positions and roles, and teamwork. The offensive playbooks include a balanced number of passing and running plays. On defense, players begin to experiment with both man-to-man and zone coverage. Scores are kept and flag football rules are enforced in a fun, positive environment. There is also a continued emphasis on teachable moments during game play. Special emphasis is placed on teamwork and good sportsmanship as kids begin to understand the impact they have in relation to others.5 v 5 allows for fun and creative plays, player position sampling, and healthy competition at all levels of play.

7 v 7

Lastly, i9 Sports 7 v 7 is the most advanced game play offered to our oldest age groups. 7s is the ultimate way to develop players’ football IQ. The game is played on larger fields with larger team sizes allowing players to expand their offensive and defensive concepts. Running and passing plays are more sophisticated and the importance of offensive and defensive game strategy are taught. In this fast-paced, dynamic game, players will build leadership skills, experience healthy competition and get ready for what’s next in the game of football. Playing i9 Sports 7 v 7  in either our recreational or competitive divisions will get your athlete ready to compete in various forms of football in their future. Special emphasis is placed on teamwork and good sportsmanship as kids begin to understand the impact they have in relation to others.  One great thing about i9 Sports 7 v 7 is our rules align with USA Football regional and national tournaments, so we are excited to prepare your athlete for those future opportunities.

* 6 v 6 may be played at some locations. Be sure to review program details during the registration process to learn what format is played in your area. 

Youth flag football player in the Senior Age Group​

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