By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Editor
Do you have any current or former athletes that play flag football? USA Football’s The One Flag Tournament and Championship will include 5v5 flag games for ages starting as young as 9U and going up to adult divisions. Coed teams can enter at the 9U and 11U levels, while the older age groups have teams of both sexes as well as a coed option at the adult level.
The One will be a key step in the evaluation process for USA Football as the sport’s national governing body assembles an adult pool of players to be considered for next summer’s World Games through its U.S. Men’s and Women’s Flag National Teams.
“The One Tournament is one of the integral pieces of the adult pipeline to the U.S. National Team,” said USA Football Managing Director of High Performance and National Teams Eric Mayes. “This year, we’re beginning to scout and select the team for the World Games.”
USA Football coaches will begin to scout the talent in the American Flag Football League and the Flag Football World Championship Tour as part of the 2022 selection process. Adults can participate in U.S. National Team Open Trials, which will also be a part of The One. The One and Flag Trials kick off July 23 at Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Ind.
“We invite and encourage adult athletes to participate in the Trials with Combine measurable activities,” Mayes said. “Then we’ll have them compete at The One, and we’ll continue to evaluate at the athletes in team play.” Adults who want to be evaluated for the U.S. National Team can learn more and sign up at usafootball.com/nationalteams.
For high school-aged players, there is an instructional piece at the U.S. National Team Flag Academy. The top players in the 15U and 17U division will have the chance to represent the United States at the 2022 International Bowl. To get an invite to the Flag Academy, athletes can be nominated by visiting usafootball.com/get-nominated.
USA Football’s “The One” Flag Championship
See how your team can participate against the best in the world at The One Flag Tournament & Championship.
When: July 23 to 25
Where: Grand Park Sports Campus, Westfield, Ind.
Price: $550 per team
U.S. NATIONAL TEAM
USA Football is the sport’s only organization that provides high school players the opportunity to represent their country while gaining instruction from and training under current college coaches. The USA Football National Team Program has high performance pathways in non-contact and contact.
USA Football is in the process of building the best coaching staff at every level of the U.S. National Team program by sorting through a pool of 1,600 candidates.
For information on participating in the U.S. National Team Program, visit: usafootball.com/nationalteams
USA Football Flag Academy
The USA Football Flag Academy offers an instructional format before the start of The One. Top performers could be selected to play for either the U.S. 15U or 17U Flag National Teams at the 2022 International Bowl. Coaches can nominate athletes for the Academy as well as themselves to work as a coach at the event by visiting: