USA Football

USA Football is the national governing body for amateur American football in the United States. It is an independent non-profit based in Indianapolis, Indiana. USA Football hosts more than 100 training events annually and offers education programs for coaches and game officials, as well as skill development for young players and resources for youth league administrators. The organization awards more than $1,000,000 in equipment grants to youth leagues and high schools each year based on merit and need along with additional resources. USA Football also offers up to $500,000 in subsidies for volunteer youth coach background checks.

USA Football
USA Football Logo.svg
HeadquartersIndianapolis, Indiana
Free and paid, depending on type
Official language
English (US)
Carl Peterson
Key people
Scott Hallenbeck (Executive Director), Joe Frollo

USA Football was endowed by the National Football League and the National Football League Players Association in 2002.

In May 2017, the International Federation of American Football stripped its recognition of USA Football,[1] citing disputes over anti-doping enforcement. IFAF (Paris) instead recognized the United States Federation of American Football as the USA's governing body,[2] and the USFAF organized a team to participate in the 2017 World Games, in which it won a bronze medal.

A rival body also calling itself the International Federation of American Football - New York, continued to recognize USA Football[3] and organized the 2017 Women's World Championships, which the USA won.[4]

In March 2018, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) determined that the IFAF (NY) was the proper governing entity and voided all decisions of the other IFAF entity, including their decision to strip USA Football of its recognition.[5] USA Football is currently the internationally recognized governing body for American football in the United States.[6]


The organization has four membership categories — Players, Officials, Coaches, and Commissioners — each with their own benefits and programs.

Board of directorsEdit

In January 2017, Raymond Odierno, a retired U.S. Army general, was named chairman of USA Football.[7] He was preceded by Carl Peterson, formerly the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs, who had been chairman since 2009, when he succeeded Jack Kemp.[8]

As of October 2013, the 15 members of USA Football's board of directors were as follows:[9]

Other officers include:[10]

  • Ray Anderson – Executive Vice President of Football Operations, NFL
  • Jason Belser – former NFL player; Senior Regional Director, NFL Players Association (NFLPA)
  • Carl Francis – Director of Communications, NFLPA
  • Alexia Gallagher – Director, NFL Youth Football Fund
  • Desmond Howard – former NFL player; college football analyst for ESPN
  • DeMaurice Smith (ex officio) – Executive Director, NFLPA
  • Scott Hallenbeck – Executive Director, USA Football


See alsoEdit


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  7. ^ Kevin Lilley (February 15, 2017). "Gridiron General: Odierno talks safety, growth in new role as USA Football chairman". Military Times. Retrieved July 14, 2020.
  8. ^ "Peterson New Chairman of USA Football". ABC News. Associated Press. June 16, 2009.[dead link]
  9. ^ Alic, Steve (October 17, 2013). "Cincinnati St. Xavier head coach Steve Specht named to USA Football Board of Directors" (Press release). USA Football. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  10. ^ "Officers and Board of Directors". USA Football. Archived from the original on May 12, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2013.

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