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
T.J. Callen

Gay former Hurricanes football player didn’t feel welcome on team, wants to inspire change

A gay former Miami Hurricanes football player says he was the target of homophobic slurs during his playing days and the team lacked an inclusive, accepting environment during that time.

Among what TJ Callan, a former walk-on running back at UM, said he experienced in a story published by SB Nation’s Outsports on Wednesday: A teammate relating gay marriage to bestiality, being called an “undercover f-----” on the team and once having a teammate pull his hand back when offering a high-five to then say, “I’m never going to shake hands with a n----- who sucks other n-----s’ d---s.”

Callan does not give names of any players or coaches who he says promoted an anti-gay environment in the Hurricanes locker room while he played. He told the South Florida Sun Sentinel his objective in telling his story was not to get anyone in trouble or paint a negative picture of Miami’s football program, but rather to inspire change, so the next gay athlete doesn’t have to go through what he experienced.

“It was honestly just to bring awareness and hope for cultural change,” said Callan, who left the team in the middle of the 2018 season and graduated from UM last May. “I don’t want people to go through that. That’s why I didn’t mention any names. That’s why I didn’t do any of that. I just wanted to share.

“I’m not mad at them. I forgive them. I just want them to learn. If they learn, knowledge is power, and knowledge is going to help the next person. Me saying their names, me just calling them out, it’s just going to be negative.”

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