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FOOTBALL FOR ALL™

The Football Development Model reduces the contact and raises the fun.

 

DOWNLOAD THE PARENT GUIDE

 

 

 

WHAT IS THE FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT MODEL?

 

It’s a new model for youth football. It's designed to make the game safer by reducing contact and teaching the game based on an athlete's age, the skill they are learning, and game type.


 
 

WHY SHOULD I CARE?

 

This model was created with your athlete in mind and designed to improve their experience in America's favorite game. As parents ourselves we want the game to be safer for all involved. Here’s how the model does that:

 

  1. Reducing contact in practices and games
  2. Educating and certifying coaches like never before
  3. Learning in a progression – by an athlete’s age, each skill (i.e. passing, blocking) and game type (Flag, Rookie Tackle®, Senior Tackle™)
  4. Offering more ways to transition from the back yard to a full field

Hear it from Mike Golic, a dad who’s been around football his whole life and seen the positive changes this model brings.

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85%

FOOTBALL PARENTS AGREE THE GAME IS

SAFER THAN 5 YEARS AGO

 
SOURCE: USA FOOTBALL BRAND STUDY

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90%

PEOPLE BELIEVE COACHES ARE MORE INFORMED ON HEALTH AND

SAFETY THAN 5 YEARS AGO

 
SOURCE: USA FOOTBALL BRAND STUDY

HOW IS THIS BETTER FOR MY ATHLETE?

 

Full-field tackle football can be very complex – so many positions, plays and strategies. That’s a challenging way to introduce the game to a young athlete or parent new to the sport.

 

This model makes it easier to get started. No matter your athlete's age, skill level or way they want to play, there’s a game type that meets them where they’re comfortable. As he or she develops, more complexity and competition is added gradually. From Flag to Rookie Limited Contact™, your young athlete will gain skills and confidence as they continue on the path to Senior Tackle™.

 

This model offers many ways to play and many reasons to stay.

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

 

 

GET THE COACH PLANNER APP

 

The USA Football Coach Planner app is not just for coaches. Ever want a better idea of what's going on at practice? Want to know what your coach is looking for in a drill?  Parents that use the app will get a crystal clear look at practice and their child's football journey.

 

Each week in May, you'll find Home Hustles that showcase football activities and exercises like squatting and galloping to help your child keep busy. To get access, just join one of USA Football's teams. 

 

JOIN A TEAM

 

 

Football For All Podcast

 
A NEW PODCAST FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MODEL

 

The Football for All™ podcast has everything you need to know about the model and what it means for you and your kids.

 

This podcast includes interviews from the medical and science field as well as our favorite type of field - football.

 

Listen to learn why parents love it, how coaches will use it to and how your league can implement it to create a stronger future for our game and the kids who play it.


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