Welcome to the LARGEST YOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL tournament in the WORLD!

 

The National Flag Football Championships presented by Busch Gardens - Tampa is an open event for any team interested in experiencing a tournament like no other. 

Due to the EXPLOSIVE growth of our national tournament series, we have relocated the National Flag Football Championships to the brand new Tournament Sportsplex of Tampa Bay. This $17 million dollar facility features 15 full-size bermudagrass fields including a Championship Field. 

What started out as a 34 team event three short years ago, has transformed into a celebration of the sport of flag football. Last year's event featured over 170 teams representing 25 states and three countries! This year we are expecting to absolutely blow out those numbers as we are just getting started! 

 

As parents ourselves, we appreciate your commitment to your child and your team.  We will do everything we can to ensure that you and your family, have an absolutely incredible time celebrating the game of flag football with some of the biggest enthusiasts in the country.  

 

We can't thank you enough for your support!

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DATES

JANUARY 17TH - 20TH, 2020

Nationals take place during Martin Luther King Weekend, Jan. 17 - 20, 2020. Plan to arrive either late Thursday or early Friday while departing on Monday evening, 

DIVISIONS

5 V 5 & 7 V 7 FLAG FOR BOYS & GIRLS

The growth of this tournament means more divisions, formats, and styles of play are offered to accommodate the ever-growing landscape of flag football.

LOCATION

TOURNAMENT SPORTSPLEX OF TAMPA BAY

All games for the National Championships are played at the  $17 million dollar Tournament Sportsplex of Tampa Bay.

ITINERARY

CHECK OUT THE PLAN

The tournament schedule is jam-packed with exciting events planned to ensure your stay with us is unbelievable. Learn everything you need to know.

LODGING

BOOK YOUR STAY

We have secured the very best when it comes to accommodations in Tampa for this event. Take a look at over 3,000 room nights we have reserved.

REGISTRATION

ENTRY FEES & DEADLINES

Registration fees for all of our styles and divisions can be found here. The deadline to register your team is set for December 15th, 2019.

 

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL 

7 v 7 FLAG DIVISIONS

FIRST 20 TEAMS TO SIGN UP PLAY FOR FREE!

Featuring the very best in girls' high school flag football.

 

This is a two-day tournament featuring a three-game, round-robin schedule for Saturday.

 

All teams will advance into a single-elimination format of play for Sunday.

7v7 DIVISIONS INCLUDE:

In the 7 v 7 division, our female teams will be played in divisions based off of their current school year grade. 

Rules-based off of a modified version of FHSAA.

 

JV DIVISION: 9th Grade/10th Graders

VARSITY DIVISION: 11th Grade/12th Graders

BOYS 7 V 7 FLAG

TOURNAMENT

ONE DAY ONLY

FRIDAY 1/17/20!

This will not compete with your 5 vs 5 schedules.

You MUST have a team registered for the 5 v 5 tournament to be eligible to play in this division. 

12:00pm - 1:00pm  - CHECK IN

1:00pm - 2:00pm - PRACTICE

2:00pm - 5:00pm - ROUND ROBIN GAMES

5:00PM - 7:00pm - PLAYOFFS/CHAMPIONSHIPS

DIVISIONS INCLUDE

10U, 12U, 14U, 17U

LIMITED TO 8 TEAMS PER DIVISION!

This is a birth year tournament. Click here to visit our Age Chart 

BOYS/COED DIVISIONS

YOUTH - 5 VS 5

Welcome to the LARGEST 5 v 5 flag football tournament in the world!

This is a 5 vs 5 format of play based off of a modified NFL FLAG rulebook. 

 

Teams will compete in a three-game round-robin on Saturday, 1/18.

 

Based on performance results, ALL teams will advance into a single-elimination playoff on Sunday, 1/19 to crown a National Champion.

12 DIVISIONS INCLUDE

6U, 7U, 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U, and 17U

This is a birth year tournament. Click here to visit our Age Chart 

GIRLS ONLY DIVISIONS

YOUTH - 5 VS 5

Featuring the very best in girls flag football. Our tournament features 5 v 5 girls-only divisions. Last year, we featured female teams from Canada, Panama, as well as the states.

 

This is a 5 vs 5 format of play based off of a modified NFL FLAG rulebook. 

 

Teams will compete in a three-game round-robin on Saturday, 1/18.

 

Based on performance results, ll teams will advance into a single-elimination playoff on Sunday, 1/19 to crown a National Champion.

5v5 DIVISIONS INCLUDE:

12U, 14U, & 17U

Rules-based off of a modified version of NFL FLAG.

This is a birth year tournament. Click here to visit our Age Chart 

THE TOURNAMENT SPORTSPLEX OF TAMPA BAY 

  • Fifteen (15) full-size fields (including one (1) championship field) 

  • Fields can be configured to accommodate many different sporting activities

  • Professionally maintained Celebration Bermudagrass® playing surface 

  • Premium LED Field Lighting- providing 50 foot-candles on the championship field and 30 foot-candles on the other fields.

  • Modified USGA field drainage system

  • Permanent restrooms on site

  • Wi-Fi available throughout the facility

  • 330 Parking spots (155 paved/175 grass) with additional grass overflow lots

  • 2 sets of aluminum bleachers seating approximately 300 people

  • Exterior plaza for Vendor display area (Approx. 35,000 square feet)

  • Centrally located for easy access from I-4 and I-275

  • 10 minutes from over 6,000 hotel rooms

  • 10 minutes from Downtown Tampa and 20 minutes from Tampa International Airport

  • Located near restaurants, hotels, shopping, Top Golf and Seminole Hard Rock Casino

  • Area attractions less than 20 minutes away include Busch Gardens, Adventure Island and the Florida Aquarium

  • Less than an hour away from Disney!

 
 

BUSCH GARDENS

Excited to announce that Busch Gardens Tampa, has been selected as the presenting sponsor to this year's National Flag Football Championships!

Part of this incredible experience will be celebrating flag football with your team at Busch Gardens Tampa on Monday, January 20, 2020. 

Busch Gardens Tampa has been voted as one of top 10 theme parks in the country. 

Through this exclusive opportunity to may purchase tickets to the park for only $65! This is a savings of almost $45 off of the regular admission price.

 

LODGING OPTIONS

This year, we have partnered with Team Travel Source as our Official Housing Partner. 

 

If you have any questions at all in regards to housing options, please call them at 502.354.9103 or email: sports@teamtravelsource.com 

This is a mandatory STAY TO PLAY event. Meaning that all teams traveling outside of a 75-mile radius MUST stay in one of our designated housing or hotel options. If teams choose to opt-out, they may do so for a $600/per team fee.

 

This tournament is being hosted in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Sports Authority. 

 

 

HOST HOTEL

THE BARRYMORE

We are pleased to announce that the Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk has been selected as our host hotel for the National Flag Football Championships. 

 

The Barrymore Hotel is located on the Riverwalk at 111 W Fortune St, Tampa, FL 33602. This hotel is only 15 minutes away from our game fields at the Sportsplex of Tampa.

The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk is located directly across from the David A Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and beautifully situated right along the scenic Tampa Riverwalk. The hotel is approximately 1 mile from the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa Bay History Center, Amalie Arena, the new Sparkman Wharf, Port Tampa Bay and the Cruise Terminals. The Barrymore offers complimentary shuttle service from 7AM-11PM daily within 2 miles. 

 

Amenites Include: All Non-Smoking Rooms, "grab and go" market in lobby with hot/cold food items, The Continental Bar and Grill on-site restaurant (serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily), free Wi-Fi, 24-hour Business Center, Fitness Center & Outdoor Swimming Pool. Pet friendly hotel.

 

TRAINED

OFFICIALS

We do our best to provide you with the finest in officiating when it comes to tournament play. 

 

For this tournament, we have flown in officials from across the country to ensure you have a fantastic experience. 

 

To help you better understand the rules of the game, click here for a copy of our tournament rules. 

ZORTS SPORTS

TOURNEY APP

We have created a tournament app which will allow for you to view your check-in time, schedules, standings in real-time, playoff bracket, vendor menus, the halftime show events, etc.

Please have all members of your team download this application.

CLICK EITHER LINK BELOW

TO DOWNLOAD NOW

 

REGISTRATION

 & DEADLINE

5 v 5 BOYS & GIRLS DIVISIONS 

$450/TEAM

Roster max: 10 players

DEADLINE: December 15th. 2019

7 v 7 BOYS & GIRLS DIVISIONS 

$200/TEAM

Roster max: 14 players

DEADLINE: December 15th. 2019

JEN WELTER GIRLS CAMP 

FREE GIRLS CAMP

CAMP WILL FILL AT 200 GIRLS.

DEADLINE: December 15th. 2019

Thank you for participating in this year's event with us.  We are fortunate to have your support and will do all that we can to make this a memorable event for you. If you have any questions, please shoot them over to us and we will do our best to respond to you within the next 48 hours.

 

Omar Yaques, National Tournament Director

786.261.1597.

QUESTIONS?

WE PLAY FOR 

COACH MIKE

WHO IS MICHAEL S. MALIA? 
 Often referred to as "Coach Mike", Michael S. Malia coached for National Flag Football from 2010 - until April 2nd, 2016 when he, unfortunately, passed away from a heart attack at the age of 43. Mike leaves behind Jennifer Malia and son Owen. Mike was one of the greatest souls to walk this earth. When Coach Mike would walk into a room of total strangers, he would work tirelessly to ensure that everybody was having a great time. Through his hilarious jokes and endless stories, he was sure to leave a positive impact on everybody that he encountered.
The NATIONAL FLAG FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS was created in his honor. Partial proceeds from this tour will be donated to the National Flag Football Association, a 501(c)(3) organization, which was formed to allow for children, no matter their financial situation to have the ability to play the game he loved so much. With this tour, we honor you coach!  We miss you buddy.