NFL and Nike Boosting Flag Football League
The continuing growth of flag football at all levels is evident in the recent news that the American Flag Football League (AFFL), which plays a 7-on-7 format on a 100-yard field, with a 12-person roster and a 60-minute game, is headed into its fourth season and that fans will have an opportunity to own a piece of the league through the launch of its investment campaign on SeedInvest. The campaign will be SeedInvest’s first crowdfund with a sports league. The AFFL’s goal is to raise $5 million, and the minimum amount an individual can invest into the league is $1000.
The announcement comes ahead of the AFFL’s fourth season, in which the league’s new women’s division will make its debut. Both the men’s and women’s divisions will have an equal grand prize of $200,000.
Adrienne Smith, a former women’s football wide receiver, will oversee football operations and corporate partnership development for the women’s division. Michelle Roque, a former flag football star, will lead the women’s division’s social media and marketing.
At the same time, the NFL and Nike unveiled a $5 million initiative to support girls’ high school flag football. Flag football will also be included in the 2022 World Games and the NFL is pushing for its to be included in the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.