Nation’s Largest Youth Flag Football League Comes to Gainesville


The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is pleased to announce that National Flag Football, the largest youth flag football organization in the country, is coming to Gainesville this spring. The program provides girls and boys, age four to 14, a safe and fun football league for all skill levels, and is designed to educate young people about football while emphasizing participation and sportsmanship.

The league begins Sunday, April 9 and continues through the first week of June. The season runs for eight weeks, with games located at Possum Creek Park, which is located at 4009 NW 53rd Ave. Registration for the spring league is open through Friday, Feb. 24 at  

All participants receive a reversible National Football League (NFL) Flag Football jersey, representing one of the NFL teams, and flags that are theirs to keep at the completion of the season.

“We are so excited to have our first season in Gainesville,” said Francis Meram, executive director of National Flag Football. “It’s going to be a great addition to our existing 18 locations in Florida.”

Teams will be formed by students from the same schools and grade, giving children the opportunity to participate as a team with their classmates. Practices are scheduled an hour before each game resulting in a one-day-a-week commitment to the league.

Games are played in a five-on-five format on a 60-yard-long field, and provide young players a fun and exciting opportunity to engage in non-contact, continuous action while learning lessons in teamwork. All games are officiated by certified and trained officials.

“This new partnership is a great opportunity to expand programming in our parks,” says Jeff Moffitt, recreation supervisor for PRCA.

Launched in 2006, National Flag Football, is the largest NFL Flag Football provider in the country with programs located in more than 100 different communities and servicing more than 35,000 players annually. The program is designed to educate young people about football, while emphasizing participation and sportsmanship. Participants learn skills and lessons that help them succeed both on and off the field. For more information, visit Photographs of National Flag Football may be viewed at

For more information, please call 877-866-FLAG or visit   

For interviews and other program information, please contact Shannon Keleher, CPRE, MBA, AFO, recreation manager, at 352-393-8526 or