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NFL announces AFFL’s ‘U.S. Open Tournament of Football starts televised schedule on June 30





Final 12 Teams, Including Pro Squads Led by Michael Vick, Chad Ochocinco, Nate Robinson and Carlos Boozer, Compete for Chance at $1 Million Cash Prize


Following four rounds of amateur team play taking 128 squads down to eight, the American Flag Football League’s (AFFL) U.S. Open of Football Tournament makes its television debut on NFL Network with live coverage of the final 11 games beginning Saturday, June 30 at 7:00 PM ET.


The NFL and AFFL announced its broadcast partnership in February, bringing competitive flag football to a television audience. NFL Network will air the USOF playoffs live June 30 through July 19, concluding with the Ultimate Final where the America’s Champion and Pros’ Champion will meet in a winner take-all contest for $1 million.


The 12 teams featured as part of NFL Network’s telecast schedule include the top eight amateur squads advancing from the America’s Bracket, plus four teams making up the Pro Championship Bracket, captained by former NFL, NBA and Olympic standouts including Michael Vick (Roadrunners), Chad Ochocinco (Ocho), Nate Robinson (Holdat), Carlos Boozer (Holdat) and Michael Johnson (Godspeed).


Week one of NFL Network’s live AFFL broadcast schedule kicks off with the “America’s Bracket” Quarterfinal June 30 – July 1 from Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA, and will feature the following amateur matchups:


Saturday, June 30 – 7:00 PM ET


Game 1: Dallas Ducks vs. Primetime

Game 2: Fighting Cancer vs. Strong Island Bulldogs


Sunday, July 1 – 4:00 PM ET


Game 1: Mean Machine vs. Code Red

Game 2: Church’s Money vs. Money Team


The four amateur teams to advance will move on to the Semifinals July 7 – 8 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Atlanta where NFL Network’s live coverage each night at 7:00 PM ET will kick off with amateur team action, followed by the Pro Championship Bracket matchups:


Saturday, July 7 – 7:00 PM ET


Game 1: Amateur semifinal – Teams TBD

Game 2: Pro Championship Bracket – Roadrunners vs. Ocho


Sunday, July 8 – 7:00 PM ET


Game 1: Amateur semifinal – Teams TBD

Game 2: Pro Championship Bracket – Godspeed vs. Holdat


Week 3 of tournament action Saturday, July 14 at 4:00 PM ET will decide the America’s Bracket Champion and Pro Bracket Champion who will battle for the $1 million cash prize in the Ultimate Final Thursday, July 19 at 8:00 PM ET from BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.


Saturday, July 14 – 4:00 PM ET


Game 1: America’s Bracket final – Teams TBD

Game 2: Pro Bracket final – Teams TBD


Thursday, July 19 – 8:00 PM ET


Ultimate Final: America’s Bracket Champion vs. Pro Bracket Champion



Broadcast talent for AFFL games on NFL Network will be announced next week.


In advance of the Playoffs, features several videos on the game and its players including:


For more information on the AFFL and the 2018 U.S. Open of Football Tournament including: ticket information, playoff bracket, pro team bios, game rules and more, visit Fans can also find more videos, highlights and photos of AFFL action on social via the @FlagFootball and @NFL handle, as well as the #AFFL hashtag on Twitter.


NFL Media is comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films,, the NFL app and NFL RedZone.


Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.


For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming can also be streamed live on smartphones through the NFL app, as well as other digital platforms through Watch NFL Network on tablet (Watch NFL Network), PC ( and other connected TV devices (NFL app on Apple TV, PlayStation 4, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV). Watch NFL Network access is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers. For more information, go to



The American Flag Football League is the preeminent professional flag football league in the United States and the first of its kind. The AFFL combines the energy of one of the fastest growing youth sports in America with world-class, elite athletes to produce cutting-edge entertainment for fans and spectators.


For more information on the AFFL, please visit and follow the AFFL on InstagramTwitterFacebook and YouTube.



NFL releases 2018 Key Dates



Important Dates

At 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for any club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multiyear contract or extension. After this date, the player may sign only a one-year contract with his prior club for the 2018 season, and such
Signing period ends for Unrestricted Free Agents to whom a “May 8 Tender” was made by prior club. After this date and until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, prior club has exclusive negotiating rig
Signing period ends for Transition Players with outstanding tenders. After this date and until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, Prior Club has exclusive negotiating rights.
Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio.
8/2/2018 TO 8/5/2018 
Hall of Fame Weekend, Canton, Ohio
Deadline for players under contract to report to their clubs to earn an accrued season for free agency.
If a drafted rookie has not signed with his club by this date, he cannot be traded to any other club in 2018, and may sign a player contract only with the drafting club until the day of the Draft in the 2019 League Year.
Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the Active/Inactive List.
Simultaneously with the cut-down to 53, clubs that have players in the categories of Active/Physically Unable to Perform or Active/Non-Football Injury or Illness must select one of the following options: place player on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perfor
Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 12 noon, New York time.
Upon receipt of the Personnel Notice at approximately 1:00 p.m., New York time, clubs may establish a practice squad of 10 players. No club, including the player’s prior club, will be permitted to sign a player to a practice player contract until all club
At 12:00 a.m., New York time, the Top 51 Rule expires for all NFL clubs.
Regular Season opens.


NFL hosting Second Annual Coaches Clinic now through June 17



​Clinic to emphasize coaching fundamentals and communication with players


The NFL will bring together more than 60 current coaches for the second annual NFL COACHING CLINIC, held June 15-17 at The Star in Frisco, Texas. The program is held as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen football through the development of coaches and players, and will emphasize coaching fundamentals and communication.

“The NFL Coaching Clinic presents the opportunity for a peer-to-peer transfer of knowledge, technique and expertise among the best coaches,” said TROY VINCENT, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations. “Handing off the very best practices from one coaching generation to the next ensures the long-term viability and sustainability of the game.”

Led by a group of successful current and former coaches, this year’s faculty includes Bobby April, Larry Kirksey, Larry Marmie, Mike Pope, Jimmy Raye, Jim Skipper, Tony Sorrentino, Dave Wannstedt and Pro Football Hall of Famer Aeneas Williams.

Participants will learn the fundamentals and mechanics of coaching at different positions. Attendees will also participate in interactive sessions, including panel discussions and demonstrations. This year’s clinic focuses on the running back, wide receiver, tight end, defensive back, and special teams positions.

The program was expanded in 2018 to include select participants from the NFL’s pipeline diversity programming and high school football coaches.


Summer is here and NFL Play Football Season is underway

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Catherine Boyle, NFL; Ellie Mills, FleishmanHillard; COURTESY


Nearly 1,000 NFL Legends, players, clubs and partners are hosting football camps and activities for youth across the country this May through August


This summer, thousands of children across the country will take the field to play in more than 800 youth football summer camps or activities hosted by NFL Legends, players, coaches, clubs and partners as part of the Play Football Summer Season. The Play Football Summer Season is an NFL Play Football initiative highlighting summer football in communities across the country. The camps and activities promise a fun environment to teach young athletes proper technique at all skill levels and emphasize the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship, and values learned in football. Camps are open to boys and girls ages 5-18.

From New Orleans to New York, Los Angeles to Miami and everywhere in between, kids will participate in the Play Football Summer Season. In addition to NFL teams and partners hosting events, NFL athletes, including Jacksonville Jaguars RB LEONARD FOURNETTE, Los Angeles Rams TODD GURLEY, New Orleans Saints DE CAMERON JORDAN, and Pittsburgh Steelers WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER are hosting activities in their communities, offering memorable opportunities to learn the game of football first-hand from the game’s best players.

More than 100 NFL Legends are also introducing kids to the game of football. JASON WITTEN will host several camps, while PEYTON MANNING, alongside ARCHIE and ELI MANNING, will celebrate the 22nd year of the Manning Passing Academy.

“We are committed to growing the game and providing children a fun way to learn the fundamentals of football from some of the best in the NFL,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. “We salute our many current and former players, coaches and clubs that are helping to shape the next generation of football players and leaders. The camps help children learn important values of the game, such as sportsmanship, teamwork, discipline and perseverance, which will resonate with them the rest of their lives.”

The NFL Foundation, the NFL’s nonprofit organization representing all 32 clubs, has awarded $1 million in grants to current and former NFL players and coaches to support more than 400 free, non-contact youth football camps this summer. The Youth Football Camp Grant Program, in its 21st year, recognizes NFL players and coaches who give back to communities in their hometowns or club markets and offer young athletes the opportunity to play football.

More than 200 of the recipients will receive grants to host a single-day FUNdamentals camp featuring a USA Football curriculum. FUNdamentals camps are designed to introduce boys and girls to the fun of football and advance their physical literacy through the sport’s basic skills and movements in an exciting, high-activity format. Clinicians use a series of age-appropriate drills to teach passing, catching and running skills in a non-contact setting in alignment with USA Football’s adaptation of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s American Development Model.

Families interested in finding a camp in their community are encouraged to visit

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About Play Football: Play Football is a year-round initiative celebrating youth and high school football. Play Football works to shape the football experience, advocate for safety, promote football values and connect football communities.  For more information, featured football stories, best practices and resources aimed to create a positive playing experience, please visit or follow @NFLPlayFootball. Join the conversation on social media using #LetsPlayFootball.

About the NFL Foundation: The National Football League Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country. The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football, and the communities that support our game. For more information on The NFL Foundation, visit:


NFL teams up with Howard University with Campus Connection Program




NFL to have presence at Howard through several collaborative initiatives



The NFL and Howard University have partnered to launch the Campus Connection program, which aims to provide students with programs and experiences that help prepare them for future careers in professional football administration.

Beginning with the 2018 fall semester, the NFL will have a presence on campus at Howard through several collaborative initiatives. Among other programs, the two organizations will host an executive lecture series, partner in a student-lab case study class and attend the Howard School of Business Sports & Entertainment Summit.

“Campus Connection is part of our ongoing and continuous commitment to celebrating the impact HBCUs have had on the game of professional football, driving awareness around career opportunities, and providing access to the business of sport,” said TROY VINCENT, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations.

The Campus Connection program is an extension of the NFL’s broader partnership announced in May 2016 with the MEAC and SWAC, two preeminent Historically Black College & Universities (HBCU) athletic conferences. Through the partnership, the NFL and participating institutions seek to increase career opportunities for students and athletic administrators.

“Howard University and the School of Business are excited about the developing partnership with the National Football League and its potentially beneficial opportunities for both organizations”, said DEAN BARRON HARVEY, PH.D., Howard University School of Business. This collaboration will bring significant rewards to our faculty and students and provide them with great insight into the business of sports, while also developing skilled management professionals to meet the recruitment needs of the NFL. This NFL partnership has great potential and the School of Business is looking forward to our engagement.”

In addition to the NFL providing much-needed support to HBCU academic and athletic endeavors, students will benefit from programs that include internships at the club and league level, integration of HBCU football operations staff — including athletic trainers, video directors and equipment managers — into existing NFL platforms such as the Pro Bowl, and networking and mentorship opportunities.


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