The differences in standards from one flag football tournament to another has created uncertainty in the marketplace for players and coaches. To help address the need for standardization, the FFWCT sanctioning program provides an operational framework to create a more consistent experience.
FFWCT sanctioning is a designation given to leagues and tournaments that have adopted a set of operational and safety standards set forward by FFWCT. When these tournament standards and best practices are adopted in their entirety, events create a more positive experience for participants while receiving insurance and marketing benefits from FFWCT.
Have you ever been to a tournament and been left guessing: what rules are we playing? Where are the trainers? Why is no one at the information tent? Who holds this event owner accountable to their promises? What happens if my child gets hurt at the event? Flag football tournaments all operate differently and at different levels of quality.
An FFWCT sanctioned Tournament has met a set of operational and safety standards to guarantee a consistent playing environment so that coaches, parents, players and all other event attendees will know what to expect from each event.
Looking to get your league or tournament sanctioned? Below are the benefits, requirements and additional options you can choose for enhancing each event!
*Two 1/2 bids will be freely awarded by FFWCT to all Youth and High School sanctioned tournaments regardless of classification.
All bids and points feed into our annual National Championship Tournaments and your teams will be qualified to participate and earn additional cash prize payouts per division!
All bids and points from local and regional leagues and tournaments will feed into our National Championships below, with the winners earning paid bids to the official World Championships every year.
All bids and points from contact style adult leagues and tournament culminate in the FFWCT Chicago Flag Football National Championships.
The largest flag football tournament in the world, featuring over 620 adult teams in 2020 across 30 different divisions. All points throughout the year for adult teams culminate in this event, and bids can be redeemed from divisions won at either of the two National Championships.
All bids and points from non-contact youth and adult leagues and tournaments feed into our annual USA Flag National Championships, held in Arlington, Texas every Memorial Day weekend. This is the culminating event for our Youth flag football championship series with points resetting after this date.
Add our FFWCT Sanction Logo seal to your website, registration page and/or promotional material. This will instantly add credibility along with letting teams know what benefits, like National Ranking Points and Paid Bids, they will receive by participating in your event.
As a sanctioned event, FFWCT will add you to the sanction event directory with a link back to your website.
At the conclusion of your event, you will submit your final results so your teams can earn Ranking Points towards the official flag football National and World Championships. The level of your Sanctioning will mandate which level of points your teams will receive within their competition level (PRO, Comp, Rec & Amateur)
As a reward , all of your participating teams will be added to our National Rankings after your event and will earn points based on how they finished. Teams can then see where they stand against other teams in their division from around the country. Teams also find that this helps them obtain sponsorship since their team is being nationally recognized.
As a Sanction Event Director, you will be able to purchase National Paid Bids at a discount to give as a reward for your championship teams. We will also notify the teams of the bid they won from your event and give them details on how they can redeem them to participate in the National Championships.
No insurance? No problem! Average insurance can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars per season or event, but as an official FFWCT Sanctioned league or tournament organizer you can request inclusion in our $1,000,000 liability insurance program for only $99 to be used for facility rental and other uses! Simply request your certificate with information on who to be named on the document within 3 weeks of the event being held!
Our FFWCT starter kit will include everything you need to keep your event organized and running smoothly. The kit will be shipped to you directly and will save you time on creating and getting things printed like officials 100 scorecards, printable custom roster and waiver, rule sheets and more to make your event as turnkey as possible!
As a sanctioned event partner you may choose to enhance your event through our promotional channels for an additional $99 fee if desired. FFWCT will add you to our official event tournament calendar and/or sanctioned leagues page with a link back to your website, blast your event out to one of our Facebook/Instagram/ Twitter accounts, list you on a monthly email blast, schedule a 15-30 minute pre-recorded video interview session about your event and more!
Need extra onsite help? You will have the opportunity to hire our dedicated staff to assist you with your event. Our staff has years of experience with keeping large events organized and running smoothly!
FFWCT sanctioned events need to meet a set of operational and safety standards to guarantee a consistent playing environment so that coaches, parents, players and all other event attendees will know what to expect from each event.
If you would like to get your event sanctioned, fill out the online application. We recommend you allow a minimum of 30 days for Locally Sanctioned, 60 days for Regional Sanctioned and 90 days for Nationally Sanctioned. Events are not officially FFWCT sanctioned until application has been approved
Determined by your level of sanctioning, you must purchase a ½ or full paid bid for each of your division champions. This is given as a reward to your winning team(s). As a FFWCT Sanctioned director, you will be able to purchase these bids at a discounted rate.
As a FFWCT Sanctioned event, you will have the right to use the Sanctioned Event Logo seal. This should be added to all promotional materials such as event players, along with being displayed on the event registration page. You can also add it to other things like onsite banners and brackets.
At the conclusion of your event, you will be required to turn in a team captain for each team, along with an email address and phone number. This information will be added to our national team database to promote all FFWCT Sanctioned tournaments and offer them other benefits by joining the organization.