The greatest place for LGBT people to experience all the wonderful things that come from participation in team sports.


Created in 2002, the National Gay Flag Football League (NGFFL) is a 501(c)(3) sports organization that seeks to promote the positive social and athletic enjoyment of American Flag Football. Through our league, our events and most importantly our members, we also seek to foster and augment the self-respect of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons and to promote respect and understanding from the larger community.

While particular emphasis is placed on these specific goals, it is a fundamental principle of NGFFL that all activities, social and athletic, are conducted to be inclusive in nature and that no individual shall be excluded from participating on the basis of sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, political beliefs, athletic ability, physical challenge, HIV status or gender identity.

Currently, over 200 teams in 22 leagues across the United States and Canada are members of NGFFL. Teams representing these leagues participate in the national tournament titled Gay Bowl, hosted every Columbus Day Weekend in a different member city.

National Flag Football League of Atlanta
Austin Gay Flag Football League
Boston FLAG Flag Football League
Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association
Denver Gay & Lesbian Flag Football League
Metro Detroit Flag Football League
Atlanta Austin
Hawaii Gay Flag Football League
Hurricanes Flag Football League of Houston
Los Angeles Flag Football
Minnesota Gay Flag Football League
New York Gay Football League
Oregon Alliance Flag Football League
Hawaii Houston
Los Angeles
New York City
Greater Philadelphia Flag Football League
Phoenix Gay Flag Football League
Providence Gay Flag Football League
San Diego American Flag Football League
San Francisco Gay Flag Football League
Cascade Flag Football
San Diego
San Francisco

South Florida Flag Football League
Toronto Gay Flag Football League
Utah Gay Football League
Washington D.C. Gay Flag Football League

  South Florida
Toronto Utah
Washington D.C.

Want to Join?

We take pride in providing a well-run league at a reasonable cost and are very interested in having new players and volunteers join us. If you are interested in learning how you can join or simply to get more information, please contact our Director of Outreach & Membership Timothy Winter.
From the Commissioner
Thurman Williams

On behalf of our many players, leagues and sponsors around the country, thank you for your interest. Since 2002, the NGFFL has empowered thousands of LGBTQ athletes and allies through on and off the field engagement. We're proud of our success, and we hope you will find a home in one of our premiere gay sporting leagues in a city near you.

          ― Thurman Williams

In the News
Jake Bain

Jake Bain, Former Football Player, on Being Out as Gay in College Sports

I come from a very diverse family, with many different races, genders, sexual orientations, backgrounds, and religions. All of us – black or white, gay or straight – are kind, loving people. Because I was brought up in such an environment, I've always understood the importance of acceptance and inclusion.

Unfortunately, not everyone practices the same kind of acceptance my family does, which I learned first-hand when I became one of the first openly LGBTQ+ Division 1 college athletes to play football. There was not a lot of representation for me growing up in the LGBTQ+ community, especially being Black. Not seeing people like me in places I wanted to be, especially in sports, made things hard for me.

I led my high school team to the state title before I came out, and was heavily recruited by many Division 1 football schools. Was I scared to come out? Yes. Was it overwhelming at times? Absolutely. There were days where I just didn’t want to get out of bed because of the things that I thought would be said about me online by people who didn’t even know me, along with rival players on the field. I feared that once I came out, not only would I never be able to live my dream of playing college football, but I would lose some of my closest friends. So, for most of my life, I kept a part of myself from everyone around me.

But being in the closet takes a toll on you in so many ways. And so, with the support of friends, family, the LGBTQ+ community and allies, I decided that coming out was the right thing to do.My fears weren’t all unfounded. After I came out, many of of those recruiters who had been preparing to offer me full scholarships stopped communicating with me.

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