- For Coaches
As Coaches or Organization Leaders, you give your time to football - USA Football is here to help you make the most of it. We're here with resources, tools and consultants to help you manage your team(s) and make a positive difference for each athlete.
USA Football provides resources and tools that benefit coaches at all levels.
With drills, skills, plays, health resources, practice materials and playbooks - USA Football is more than just a certification.
Whether you're looking to coach your child or volunteer, everything starts with finding the right program to join.
USA Football's League Finder helps you find the right local organizations, teams and school programs that put the athlete first. You can filter by a number of criteria, from the way they play to their current status with USA Football's programming standards.
Find the right resources, drills and tools to finding the developmental and winning edge.
Certification should be taken by any coach before they step on the field - you'll get health and safety lessons, abuse prevention training, youth coaching insights and access to a variety of bonus tools.
USA Football's Coach & Commissioner Membership gives you access to a variety of resources - from Certification to Coach Planner App access to our Youth Tackling & Contact System.
When you get into the season, it's important to take a long-term approach to athlete development. Everyone wants to win - but what benefits the whole athlete in the long run is the priority over short-term success.
Through Membership or Certification resources, coaches can learn more about the Football Development Model (FDM), which has resources like practice plans and skill progressions with drills to help coaches meet this need. It also incorporates key aspects of USA Football's legacy Heads Up Football program.
The FDM is USA Football's long-term athlete development model developed alongside the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and the FDM Council, a group of medical, football and long-term athlete development experts. It's designed to help coaches teach athletes based on their age, the skill they are learning and game type.
There's a lot of resources available through USA Football - from enrollment to grants to tournaments to coach education to events and National Teams.
If you need help getting started, reach out to our USA Football Consulting Team. They are ready to support you and you can connect with them via phone, email or a form request.
The first step any organization, team or school can take with USA Football is Enrollment.
Enrolling helps us understand your program, and a Consultant will connect with you about how we can best support your organization.
Enrolling means you're committing to putting athletes first. In exchange, every program will unlock tools and resources to help you enhance and promote your program. This includes USA Football's League Finder, which is heavily used by parents and has been featured on Nickelodeon, the NFL Network and major college conference networks. Enroll today.
Non-profit enrolled organizations will also become eligible for USA Football's Grant Program.
At its core, USA Football has adopted the Football Development Model (FDM) as a key philosophy for long-term athlete development. You can read more about the FDM here.
Organizations that align with USA Football's enrollment, certification and FDM standards can be rewarded and recognized through the League Excellence Program.
One way to excel in that program is by offering different ways to play, called Game Categories. From flag to tackle, more and more organizations are supporting Football for All® - and adding more pathways for boys and girls to play this great game.
Competitive flag is taking the world by storm, and USA Football sanctions and hosts flag football tournaments.
The Road to The One is the pathway to our Flag Football National Championship. Teams compete in USA Football Fives (5v5) rules, which are inspired by the rules the LA2028 Olympics will use.
Athletes that compete in these tournaments will also be scouted for the U.S. National Team - the only tournaments where players can be identified to compete for a U.S. National Team Trials invite.
Become a better football coach by getting certified today. Discover drills and resources for blocking, defeating blocks and shoulder tackling. You’ll also learn critical health and safety information.
This is our way to help you make a positive impact on the athletes in your community.
By enrolling your organization with USA Football, you’ll get resources and tools to…
Win through proven techniques through USA Football's system products. Discover cutting-edge systems and progressions that put better techniques into your schemes. Coaches will master full teaching progressions that give coaches everything they need to teach, install and troubleshoot advanced contact skills.
Modulate levels of intensity during practice and enhance the safety of your youth or high school athletes. The five levels help players learn skills while building confidence and limiting potential helmet-to-helmet contact by mastering the fundamentals first.
Running your team just got easier. Find the right football drills, share your practice plan and setup your schedule with USA Football's Coach Planner app for Apple and Android. Materials are based on the best practices and resources from the Football Development Model.
Through our preferred background check screening partner, you'll receive best-in-class screenings. Plus, you'll have peace of mind knowing that working with our partner ensures you meet the background check requirement in the League Excellence Program.
USA Football grants and other opportunities are available to enrolled organizations that want to grow and improve their programs, including support for equipment, lighting, and more.
Raise league or team funds through one or more of the programs offered by USA Football partners, and generate the resources to enhance the youth football experience in your community.