USA Football

USA Football

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USA Football
USA Football Logo.svg
Formation 2002
Type Non-profit
Headquarters Indianapolis, Indiana
Free and paid, depending on type
Official language
English (US)
Carl Peterson
Key people
Scott Hallenbeck (Executive Director), Joe Frollo
Website www.usafootball.com

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 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. The IFAF 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 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 rival IFAF organization 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]


  • 1Membership
  • 2Board of directors
  • 3Partners
  • 4See also
  • 5References
  • 6External links


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

Board of directors

Carl Peterson, formerly the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs, has been USA Football's chairman since 2009, when he succeeded Jack Kemp.[7] As of October 2013, USA Football's 15 Board of Directors members are:[8]

  • Dawn Aponte – Executive Vice President, Miami Dolphins
  • Joe Browne – Senior Advisor to the NFL Commissioner
  • Tom Cove – President and CEO, Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA) International
  • Jim Delany – Commissioner, Big Ten Conference
  • Bob Gardner – COO, National Federation of State High School Associations
  • Roger Goodell (ex officio) – NFL Commissioner
  • Merril Hoge – former NFL player; NFL analyst for ESPN
  • Leroy Hollins II – Director, Louisiana Youth Football
  • Mark Meana – Chairman, Fairfax County (Virginia) Youth Football League
  • Mark Murphy – former NFL player; President and CEO, Green Bay Packers
  • Carl Peterson – chairman
  • Gail Rosseau – neurosurgeon, NorthShore University HealthSystem
  • Steve Specht – head football coach, St. Xavier High School, Cincinnati
  • Grant Teaff – Executive Director, American Football Coaches Association
  • Mike Wilcox – Chairman and CEO, Wilcox Financial/Wilcox Sports Management

Other officers include:[9]

  • 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


  • National Football League
  • National Football League Players Association
    • NFL Players Inc.
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Brax Fundraising
  • Riddell
  • Amateur Athletic secured
  • American Equipment Managers Association
  • American Football Coaches Association
  • American Youth Football
  • Arena Football League
  • Black Coaches Association
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of America
  • Good Sports, Inc.
  • Independent Women's Football League
  • International Federation of American Football
  • National Alliance for Youth Sports
  • National Association of Police Athletic Leagues
  • National Athletic Testing System
  • National Association of Sports Officials
  • National Athletic Trainers' Association
  • National Council of Youth Sports
  • National Federation of State High School Associations
  • National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame
  • National Recreation and Park Association
  • NCAA Football
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Pop Warner Football
  • Positive Coaching Alliance
  • Sports Museum of America
  • YMCA of the USA
  • Jewish Community Centers

See also

  • iconAmerican football portal
  • iconNational Football League portal
  • National Football League
  • List of leagues of American and Canadian football


  1. ^ http://www.ifaf.info/ifaf/usa-football-not-anymore-national-governing-body-american-football-usa/
  2. ^ http://www.ifaf.info/ifaf/ifaf-accepts-usfaf/
  3. ^ http://ifaf.org/articles/view/1654
  4. ^ http://ifaf.org/articles/view/1659
  5. ^ http://www.americanfootballinternational.com/court-arbitration-rules-ifaf-paris-affirms-tommy-wiking-resigned-president/
  6. ^ https://www.ifaf.org/nations/nations-americas
  7. ^ "Peterson New Chairman of USA Football". ABC News. Associated Press. June 16, 2009.[dead link]
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Officers and Board of Directors". USA Football. Retrieved October 25, 2013.

External links

  • USA Football.com official website