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
Oregon 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
Bradley Kim

Air Force football player Bradley Kim comes out, becomes first openly gay athlete at a service academy

Following a standing ovation from his teammates, Air Force sophomore defensive back Bradley Kim became the first openly-gay athlete at a service academy when he publicly announced his sexual orientation on Friday.

"I almost gave up my dream of playing Division 1 football for fear of not being accepted by everyone," Kim wrote as part of an impassioned Instagram post, "but today I am happy to say I am a cadet at the Air Force Academy playing the sport I love with amazing people standing behind me and supporting me.

"I did not think this day would ever come, but I've finally reached the point where I am comfortable and confident enough with myself to say that I am gay." 

Kim follows in the footsteps of current Division 1 football players My-King Johnson (Arizona), Scott Frantz (Kansas State) and Xavier Colvin (Butler). According to Outsports, former Willamette University (Salem, Ore.) Div. III football player Conner Mertens guided Kim on his coming-out process. 

But Kim's public announcement is most noteworthy because of his school, where he's the first athlete to come out in the public eye at Air Force, Army or Navy. He'll continue serving in the military after his football career concludes. Kim missed most of last season playing for the Falcons with a shoulder injury. 

"What we go through at the Academy goes way deeper than worrying about what someone will think," Kim told Outsports, noting that he received the standing ovation from his fellow defensive backs after previously coming out to his parents and several Falcons teammates and coaches.

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