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 24 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
Cincinatti Gay Flag Football League
North Coast Athletics Flag Football League
Atlanta Austin
Denver Gay & Lesbian Flag Football League
Metro Detroit Flag Football League
Hawaii Gay Flag Football League
Hurricanes Flag Football League of Houston
Los Angeles Flag Football League
Minnesota Gay Flag Football League
Denver Detroit
Los Angeles
New York Gay Football League
Greater Philadelphia Flag Football League
Phoenix Gay Flag Football League
Rose City Gay Flag Football League
Mountain West Flag Football League
Diablo OutSports Association
New York
Portland, OR
Salt Lake City
San Antonio
San Diego American Flag Football League
San Francisco Gay Flag Football League
Cascade Flag Football
South Florida Flag Football League
Toronto Gay Flag Football League
Washington D.C. Gay Flag Football League
San Diego
San Francisco
South Florida
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 Ryan Peel.
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
Russell Okung

These eight NFL Pro Bowl players would support a gay teammate

ORLANDO — There are no openly gay players in the NFL but I did find support from eight Pro Bowlers if one ever decides to come out.

After practices last week for the Pro Bowl in Orlando, I asked 11 players for their thoughts on LGBT issues and having a gay teammate. These eight players were LGBT-supportive in their answers:

Alex Mack (Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman), Adam Thielen (Minnesota Vikings wide receiver), Derek Carr (Oakland Raiders quarterback), Jurrell Casey (Tennesee Titans defensive lineman), A.J. Bouye (Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback), Russell Okung (Los Angeles Chargers offensive lineman), Kyle Juszczyk (San Francisco 49ers fullback), and Davante Adams (Green Bay Packers wide receiver).

Mike Daniels (Green Bay Packers defensive lineman) declined to comment when asked about how the NFL can improve its relationship with the LGBT community. LeSean McCoy (Buffalo Bills running back) and Darius Slay (Detroit Lions cornerback) seemed unsure about the reactions in the league following a player coming out, though neither said anything negative.

Alex Mack (Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman) was a teammate of Ryan O’Callaghan, a former offensive tackle who came out this past June, at the University of California.

“I thought it was very powerful. I’m really happy to see that he is happy and I think that it is a positive step forward.”

When asked about whether an openly gay player would be accepted in today’s locker room, Mack’s answer was very supportive.

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