Official AYF Overview
American Youth Football, founded in 1996, provides the opportunity for young athletes across the world to play the game of football in a positive and competitive environment. Fundamentals, sportsmanship, physical standards are just a part of the AYF mission, and from its nine domestic regions, to countries abroad, coaches, athletes and volunteers help maintain this standard of excellence.
AYF has two distinct membership structures and divisions of play for its competitive base including Local and Championship.
AYF Local Membership Structure stays true to the AYF objective of remaining non-intrusive and supporting all football and cheer teams regardless of their competitive intentions. Local Membership organizations are organizations that DO NOT want to be eligible to participate in AYF/AYC post-season play or in AYF/AYC inter-league competitions. Local members have the freedom to participate as a member of AYF without strictly abiding to the many conditions listed in the Official AYF Rules and Regulations Manual. Local programs are free to play in accordance with their own locally adopted and current governing rules and divisions, so long as their rules subscribe to the following governing principles:
c. Full Participation (everyone plays)
Excluding these minimal requirements, local membership structured organizations can maintain independence in creating a customized organizational and program structure that fits their local communities needs, while having the advantage of AYF services and benefits.
AYF Championship/Tournament Membership Structure pertains to those members that desire the eligibility to participate in AYF Regional and National Championships, pre/post season games/tournaments, all-star programs and other AYF sanctioned competitive events. These members must strictly abide by AYF Official Rules and Regulations. Rules must be followed during pre-season, in-season, and post-season play (year round). These members must organize their teams into their chosen AYF divisional structures.
Championship Tournament teams are eligible and will be first considered to receive giveaways and recognition programs including: All-Star, scholarships, awards, and invitations to special events.
Important: Organizations that register as Tournament/Championship Members are NOT required to participate in AYF Regional or National championships. The Championship Tournament Membership Structure simply provides a more rigid membership structure that will help members establish a program which institutes best practices to establish a strong and stable community youth football cheer organization.
Rules & Regulations
AYF recommends and follows, for regional and national tournament play, NFHS rules. NFHS rules are the standard in high school sports rules and regulations and by adopting and playing in accordance with these rules you are providing for a smoother transition for youth participants should they choose to compete at a higher level. To receive a copy of the NFHS rules go to nfhs.org.
AYF rulebooks are posted at MYAYF.com. Members must use the password and username emailed to upon joining. If your league or conference is a member of AYF and you are a coach or team personnel and don’t have a username and password, ask your league administrator to add you to the account.