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
Jaden Vazquez

Fordham University linebacker comes out, takes on executive role for LGBTQ athletes

For Jaden Vazquez, coming out was just the beginning.

As a star linebacker for Fordham University’s football team, Velazquez came out as bisexual last fall–quite literally, in fact. He posted a video of himself coming out of his bedroom closet to Instagram in October, coinciding with National Coming Out Month.

Even better, the video post prompted friends, coaches and teammates to accept him as queer with open arms. “I’ve been pretty surprised to have zero negative reactions,” Vazquez said. “A lot of people do get negative reactions when they come out, and that’s one thing I’m very fortunate about. My family is very open and loving and supporting, and my teammates are very open.”

“I called him that night and said it was a very brave thing you did,” Vazquez’s coach, Joe Conlin, tells News 12. “We’re here to support you in any way shape or form…It was no big deal because it’s not a big deal. It’s who he is.”

Now Vazquez has parlayed that good feeling into a positive force for all LGBTQ people. This fall, he’s establishing a new position for Fordham’s student-athlete organization, Fordham Connect: the group’s first LGBTQ executive. Fordham Connect’s purpose is to erase mental health stigma in sports.

“I hope that I inspire other athletes–younger than me, older than me–are able to see themselves through me. If I’d seen someone like that, I definitely would have felt more comfortable as myself earlier on.”

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