USA Football Announces Flag Football Championship and Tournament Sanctioning for 2020

By Brett Douglas | Posted 10/8/2019

In the summer of 2020, USA Football will host a national flag football championship titled, “The One.”

Being held July 24-26, 2020 at Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Ind., The One will be among America’s largest youth and adult flag tournaments, drawing teams from a national series of sanctioned tournaments and at-large entrants. This also marks the first time in USA Football’s 18-year history that it will sanction flag tournaments nationwide.

The One will feature 15 divisions from age seven to adult, with each team guaranteed to play a minimum of four games. The divisions are as follows:

  • 5v5: 9U Coed, 11U Coed, 13U Boys, 13U Girls, 15U Boys, 15U Girls, 17U Boys, 17U Girls
  • 7v7: 13U Boys, 15U Boys
  • 5v5: Men’s Competitive, Men’s Recreation, Coed, Women’s
  • 4v4: Men’s

In addition to teams earning full or partial bids to The One through USA Football-sanctioned tournaments, youth and adult flag teams interested in competing in the annual championship are eligible for at-large entry and can register to participate. For more information on The One and how to register, click here.

Both youth and adult flag football tournaments can earn USA Football sanctioning. While the number of general-sanctioned tournaments will be unlimited, eight youth and five adult tournaments will be recognized as qualifiers.

General tournaments receive:

  • Four half-price bids into USA Football’s The One
  • Location/date protection – no USA Football-sanctioned tournaments within 100 miles on the same day
  • Listed on and marketed to USA Football’s flag community
  • Marketing materials
  • USA Football service team support

Qualifier tournaments receive all the above plus:

  • Four fully paid bids into USA Football’s The One (these bids replace half-price bids at general-sanctioned tournaments)
  • Wider tournament protection – no USA Football-sanctioned tournaments within 200 miles within a week
  • Marketing and sales support include ads placed and paid for by USA Football
  • A tournament-dedicated USA Football staff consultant pre-event and onsite


For a full list of requirements and benefits of USA Football’s sanctioned tournament series, click here.

“Our flag football sanctioned tournament structure will set a new standard in quality within our sport’s community and enhance the experience of each competing athlete,” said USA Football Senior Director of Football Operations ERIC MAYES. “We look forward to the structure’s ultimate culmination when we welcome teams from across the country to Central Indiana next summer for three days of elite competition at a world-class venue.”