The Flag Football World Championship Tour is on the forefront of pushing the sport for Olympic inclusion, runs the largest flag football tournaments in the world and is the most followed brand in the sport.
Our 2020 World Championship in Orlando set a record for our sport with over 620 teams in attendance over 3 days, across 30 different divisions, with over 10,000 room nights accounted for by the county of Kissimmee.
The Flag Football World Championship Tour has been instrumental in assisting running the events for selection and assisting with the National Team program for the past 3 years with a goal of pushing towards Olympic inclusion.
Our events are more than just another tournament. We try to create a festival style experience that includes sponsors, vendors, and other activities at each of our events to appeal towards travelling teams.
Founded in August 2015 as an event marketing company, the Flag Football World Championship Tour was built by two former players with creative, marketing and entreprenuerial backgrounds with a goal of uniting the sport of flag football under a single brand. We began by recruiting the top independent flag football tournament events in the nation to agree to partner under the FFWCT umbrella, allowing us to bring major sponsorship value to the events collectively and better market the events to players nationwide.2015
We launched 2016 with our first of 10 events featured on the Flag Football World Championship Tour, a 350 team event partner in Tampa, helping increase his registration by over 20% in 2 months and secure over 15 sponsors and vendors to enhance the event. We launched our first owned and operated tournament in Foley, Alabama that October, featuring over 30 teams all travelling in for our first tourism based event. By December we had travelled to, marketed and increased revenue and participation for events in 10 different states including Illinois, Washington, Georgia, Nevada, New York, California, Ohio, Texas, Alabama and Florida.2016
With the success of our Alabama tournament, we launched our first major cash prize event in Orlando for Memorial Day in 2017, which would eventually become our flagship event. The event exploded to 225 teams and put us in the spotlight as one of the top flag football organizations in the United States. It also brought us national recognition from teams, cities and facilities nationwide who began to bid for our events to try and drive tourism to their locations which would become a staple of our business model in the sports tourism market. We brought all of our events in-house from this point forward, only including fully owned and operated events on our tour.2017
Having established a strong track record as a top organizer and influencer in the sport, we set our eyes on one of our top goals which is to help drive the sport towards Olympic inclusion. We partnered with USA Football to help select and manage the Team USA men’s and women’s team for the IFAF World Championship event held that August. We hosted the selection event and helped guide both teams in Panama City, Panama to dual gold medals for the first time in IFAF and U.S. history. We also engaged USA Football in a contract to begin developing the official governing body for the sport of Flag Football.
Our events continued to see tremendous growth as well, expanding our tour to over 20 events, continuing to grow our National Championship, and establishing the first true open invitation World Championship for youth and adults in Indianapolis. We partnered with the largest youth flag football league and tournament operator in the world to help create a major youth series feeding into our 2019 National Championships underneath the FFWCT brand and umbrella.2018
Our 2019 FFWCT Battle Orlando National Championships exploded into the largest flag football tournament in history, hosting 700 teams across 4 different facilities in the Orlando area, with 179 youth and 521 adult teams represented from all across the world. We expanded our regional event series as well to over 40 owned and operated or sanctioned events all feeding into our tour series. We also secured major grants from multiple states for continuing to grow our events to new heights.2019
2020 has seen huge growth despite COVID. We are currently working towards establishing the official governing body, standardizing rules across all formats, continuing to develop our sanctioning and membership model and looking to expand into leagues to feed our event series even further. Each year we have seen tremendous financial and event growth and believe that trend will continue exponentially into the future.2020
We run many regional tournaments every year, along with 2 Majors and 1 Nationals culminating in the largest flag football tournament of the year, our World Championships every January.
San Diego Surf & Turf Regional • Oceanside, CA • 2/14/2020
Gulf Shores Surf & Turf Regional • Gulf Shores, AL • 3/20/2021
Atlanta Regional • Atlanta, GA • 4/17/2021
Galveston Surf & Turf Regional • Galveston, TX • 4/24/2021
DMVFFL East Coast Nationals • Richmond, VA • 5/1/2021
Minneapolis Regional • Minneapolis, MN • 6/12/2021
Fort Collins Regional • Fort Collins, CO • 6/12/2021
Dallas Regional • Dallas, TX • 6/26/2021
Canton Regional • Canton, OH • 6/26/2021
Philadelphia Regional • Philadelphia, PA • 7/3/2021
Chicago Regional • Chicago, IL • 9/25/2021
Ohio State Championships • Columbus, OH • 11/6/2021
Panama City Beach Regional • Panama City, FL • 11/14/2021
San Diego Beach Tournament • Oceanside, CA • 11/20/2021
Texas State Championships • Dallas, TX • 12/11/2020
New in 2021, we are introducing a mid-tier pair of events that will be projected to hit 200-300 teams each. These events will be official qualifiers that guarantee top 4 seeding for our World Championships, higher cash prizes than regionals at high priority locations!
In the final major stop prior to the World Championships, the National Championships will provide teams with their last chance to “punch their ticket” to the 2022 World Championships. 400+ teams will venture to sunny Las Vegas from all over the country to crown a National Champion.
The 2021 Flag Football World Championships, hosted in Panama City Beach, FL, will play host to 500+ of the world’s top teams. Teams from the United States, Canada, Panama, Mexico, Denmark, Bahamas, UK, Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico & others will compete for over $50,000 and the title of World Champion!
We are looking for an opportunity to put a 2020 or 2021 event in your area! Here are some of the things we need or would like that would make our chances of putting on a very successful, highly attended and well-traveled event in your city!
For all Major, National and World Championships, we are looking to be able to host our event with full field costs covered, including field striping, field maintenance and cleanup. Regionals it is preferred but negotiable.
Based on full size 120×50 yard minimum field dimensions.
2-3 BOTTOM LINE RELIEF ITEMS
If there are benefits the local CBV or venue can provide to help offset additional costs for running our event that will be a big bonus when considering future event locations.
We are marketing & advertising specialist at heart so we know and value the importance of creating quality & engaging campaigns that allow players, families & spectators to get excited about travelling to your destination. Any additional marketing budget you can pass along or assist with things like local advertising and awareness will be considered.
Below are typical event expenses for regional, national and world championship tournaments where a venue or CVB may provide relief.
We built the FFWCT on the concept of not only running great events, but making sure our marketing and creative are top notch and bring a level of professionalism to the sport that has been lacking.
The Flag Football World Championship Tour focuses our marketing efforts heavily in social media, building a community of followers that are actively engaged and plugged into our every move across multiple channels. We opened 2016 with less than 5,000 total followers, experiencing tremendous growth over the year.
Our website focuses on developing our community with regular content for players, coaches and officials with an easy way to get event information. We’ve experience 100% growth in visitors and total website hits in the last 12 months and over 45,000 hits on average per month, peaking around major events.
We send regular email blasts sent to an active and opted in group of fans, coaches, players and organizers promoting FFWCT activity, sponsors and general flag football information. Our database features over 25,000 active subscribers.
Over the years we have had the opportunity to partner with everything from global brands to local vendors and sponsors where we work to create a mutually beneficial relationship we can all benefit from! Below are some of those partners!
Here are some of the most common questions we get asked!
We do have a housing group we work with and have minimum rebate requests and room blocks. We can work with a venue’s housing group but prefer not to if at all possible.
Very few of our events are stay-to-play, however it can be an option especially for youth only events.
No we do not require a bid fee, only a rights fee due after signing depending on the event size.
For our tournaments, teams usually travel up to 4 or so hours for regionals, 5-12 hours for Majors and world wide for our national and world championships.
To submit a bid, fill out the form below and we will get back to you ASAP with questions, comments or to set up a call for a further discussion.