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The History of Flag Football
The game of American football has been played since the mid-1800's. The first College game occurred
between Princeton and Rutgers on Nov. 6, 1869. And the professional game has been played in some form
The game of Touch and Flag Football has been around nearly as long as tackle football.
The first remembrance of organized Touch and Tail Football being played was in the 1930's. Flag football
was developed on military bases in the early 1940's as a recreational sport for military personal. Recreational
leagues soon developed in the late 40's early 50's. They were patterned around the softball league format and
the game we know and love today was born.
As a freshman in 1973 at Washington University in St. Louis, I was introduced to touch and flag football. At
that time St. Louis already enjoyed a long history of organized league play. St. Louis is the birthplace of the
first national flag football organization - the National Touch Football League. It was formed in the 1960's and
has played a national championship game since 1971. It also produced the first standardize rulebook and it's
Hall of Fame for flag football players has been adopted buy other national organizations.
The college intramural game of the 60's and 70's was a 7 man contact game that in no way resembles the
non-contact "screen flag football " game played today. The annual National Collegiate Flag Football
Championships are played each December at the University of New Orleans. There has been a National
College Champion crowned on the UNO campus every year since 1979. The first non intramural screen flag
national championship game was first played in 1981. For several years the tournament was held in
The first major competition to the NTFL was formed in 1988 as an outgrowth of the NTFL when it's regional
director Mike Cihon broke free to create the United States Flag Touch Football League. The USFTL
National Flag Football Tournament in Orlando is the largest non college tournament in the nation. It drew 175
teams in January 2002 and crowned 11 National Champions.
The next year, the United States Flag Football League Semipro was incorporated in North Carolina by Tim
Langdon. The concept was to have teams represent a franchised city and it offered cash awards for players at
tournaments. It would later become the basis for the first professional league.
The AFTFL was formed in 1991 by George Higgins after a dispute between Higgins and USFTL director
Mike Cihon. The league has grown from it's Long Island roots to host a competing national championship
tournament in Atlanta in February.
Many other "national organizations" have formed since the mid 90's to take advantage of the more than 20
million players participating in flag football programs. As the list grows, there have been many attempts to
"unify" flag football. The crown just one national champion ever since.
In 1997, an attempt was made in this direction with the formation of the Professional Flag Football League,
Inc.. The directors of the USFTL, AFTFL and the USFFL met in Cleveland, Ohio and agreed in principal to
have the top nine man teams in the nation participate in four regional tournaments in the summer of 1998. The
events were played in Cleveland, Raleigh, Pittsburgh, and Albany. The winners of these four events would
take home $2,500 in cash and play a single elimination "Pro Flag Bowl" on the Hall of Fame field in Canton,
Ohio. The Cleveland Gibbs team won three of the events and $7,500 in cash. They met in Canton with the
Baltimore Cowboys, the Metro Chiefs from Washington, DC, and New York's LoMonico's. Cleveland
played a Baltimore team that featured former Virginia QB Shawn Moore and Maryland QB Brian Cummings
in the Championship Game. Cleveland won a hard fought game and added a Pro Championship Ring to their
long history of flag football successes.
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