USA Football

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USA Football
Formation 2002
Type Non-profit
Headquarters Indianapolis, Indiana
Free and paid, depending on type
Official language
English (US)
Carl Peterson
Key people
Scott Hallenbeck (Executive Director)

USA Football is the national governing body for amateur American football in the United States. It is an independent non-profit based in Indianapolis, Indiana. USA Football hosts more than 100 training events annually and offers education programs for coaches and game officials, as well as skill development for young players and resources for youth league administrators. The organization awards more than $1,000,000 in equipment grants to youth leagues and high schools each year based on merit and need along with additional resources. USA Football also offers up to $500,000 in subsidies for volunteer youth coach background checks.

USA Football was endowed by the National Football League and the National Football League Players Association in 2002. As the designated U.S. representative to the International Federation of American Football (IFAF), USA Football assembles U.S. national teams for international competitions conducted by the IFAF. Except for its national team program, USA Football does not operate leagues or individual teams.


The organization has four membership categories — Players, Officials, Coaches, and Commissioners — each with their own benefits and programs.

Board of Directors[edit]

Carl Peterson, formerly the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs, has been USA Football's chairman since 2009, when he succeeded Jack Kemp.[1] As of October 2013, USA Football's 15 Board of Directors members are:[2]

Other officers include:[3]

  • Ray Anderson – Executive Vice President of Football Operations, NFL
  • Jason Belser – former NFL player; Senior Regional Director, NFL Players Association (NFLPA)
  • Carl Francis – Director of Communications, NFLPA
  • Alexia Gallagher – Director, NFL Youth Football Fund
  • Desmond Howard – former NFL player; college football analyst for ESPN
  • DeMaurice Smith (ex officio) – Executive Director, NFLPA
  • Scott Hallenbeck – Executive Director, USA Football


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Peterson New Chairman of USA Football". ABC News. Associated Press. June 16, 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ Alic, Steve (October 17, 2013). "Cincinnati St. Xavier head coach Steve Specht named to USA Football Board of Directors" (Press release). USA Football. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Officers and Board of Directors". USA Football. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 

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