|Free and paid, depending on type|
|Raymond T. Odierno|
|Scott Hallenbeck (CEO and 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 designs and delivers premier educational, developmental and competitive programs to advance, unify and grow the sport. As the sport's national governing body, member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and organizer of the U.S. National Team for international competition, USA Football partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and athletics to support positive football experiences for youth, high school and other amateur players.
Created by USA Football in 2012, this education and safety program covers fundamental skills and all-sport-relevant athlete health protocols offered nationally. More than 600,000 coach certifications have been completed through the program since 2012.
Nine of the 10 largest U.S. public school districts - and 16 of 20 largest - enrolled in the USA Football program in 2018 on either high school and/or middle school levels. For the second consecutive year, more than 3,000 high schools nationwide enrolled in Heads Up Football in 2018.
Heads Up football is supported by the ACSM, AMSSM and NATA. The program's significant momentum represents cultural and behavioral change. More Heads Up Football details reside here. Its educational components are:
Note: USA Football's 2020 Youth Coach Certification, nationally accredited by the United States Center for Coaching Excellence, was updated this year and is no longer referred to as Heads Up Football, but incorporates the aforementioned educational components in addition to some new content and resources. You can read more about the enhanced certification here.
"Student-athletes' safety is at the forefront for us, making our Heads Up Football enrollment a vital step forward for smarter and better play. The techniques and protocols USA Football puts forth through this program benefits our district-wide family with a number of best practices that are relevant to many sports that our students love to play."
--Trenton Cornelius, Los Angeles Unified School District's Interscholastic Athletics Department
"It is important to have a district-wide emphasis on the education and overall teaching that USA Football provides for our coaches, who are now more empowered than ever to best lead and teach our student-athletes. Enrolling in Heads Up Football as a district provides consistent messaging across our schools. Underscoring the value that Heads Up Football delivers for our student-athletes is the positive, affirming feedback that I receive about the program from our high schools' athletic directors."
--Sue Doran, CAA, Director of Athletics, Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) Schools
USA Football's equipment grant program is made possible through the National Football League Foundation. The NFL Foundation is the league's nonprofit organization representing the 32 NFL clubs. Its mission is to support the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football and the communities which support the game.
USA Football's grant program has delivered the following since 2006:
Established in 2015, USA Football's Youth Tackle Football Practice Guidelines may be the only youth sports guidelines to have earned the endorsement of the following sports medicine associations:
USA Football's guidelines employ the innovation of defining levels of contact (below) and establishes time limits on player-to-player full contact ("thud" and "live" contact).
The guidelines define "thud"-level contact as "full contact" and limits it, unlike other practice guidelines on higher levels of the sport.
These guidelines also address proper heat acclimatization, which was written with advisement from the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut. More details about the guidelines reside here.
In January 2017, Raymond Odierno, a retired U.S. Army general, was named chairman of USA Football. He was preceded by Carl Peterson, formerly the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs, who had been chairman since 2009, when he succeeded Jack Kemp.
As of December 2020includes:, USA Football's Board of Directors
*Ex officio member
^U.S. Football National Team Alumnus
In May 2017, after a split that created rival groupings of the International Federation of American Football, the IFAF grouping based in Paris stripped its recognition of USA Football, citing disputes over anti-doping enforcement. IFAF (Paris) instead recognized the United States Federation of American Football as the USA's governing body, and the USFAF organized a team to participate in the 2017 World Games, in which it won a bronze medal. The grouping of the IFAF based in New York continued to recognize USA Football and organized the 2017 Women's World Championships, which the USA won.
In March 2018, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) determined that the IFAF (NY) was the proper governing entity and voided all decisions of the other IFAF entity, including their decision to strip USA Football of its recognition. USA Football is currently the internationally recognized governing body for American football in the United States.