The Raiders hosted an NFL FLAG regional tournament at their Alameda, Calif., facility last fall. Photo by Allan Yuan.
The NFL FLAG FOOTBALL national champions will be crowned Saturday, February 26 at the NFL FLAG National Tournament of Champions at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
More than 150,000 youngsters across the country played NFL FLAG this year. Twenty-four teams advanced to the National Championship tournament. All teams qualified by winning their NFL FLAG regional tournament in October and November. NFL FLAG is a non-contact version of traditional football and is offered for boys and girls ages 5-17 in cities across the country. The program emphasizes safety, fun, teamwork, self-esteem, discipline and goal-setting.
For the first time, the top eight Gatorade NFL Tochito teams will compete alongside NFL FLAG teams at the NFL FLAG National Tournament of Champions. Gatorade NFL Tochito is the NFL's youth flag football program in Mexico. The Gatorade NFL Tochito championship game will take place on February 26, followed by an exhibition game between the Gatorade NFL Tochito championship team and the NFL FLAG championship team.
NFL FLAG teams will compete for titles in 9-11-Year Old Co-ed; 12-14-Year-Old Boys; and 12-14-Year-Old Girls divisions. Three teams from the Raiders-hosted regional tournament qualified to play in this year's National Tournament.
9-11 Co-ed: Watsonville Saints/Watsonville, CA12-14 Boys: Southgate Raiders/Sacramento, CA12-14 Girls:WASUP Raiders/Henderson, NV