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2024 NFL FLAG Canada Regional Tournament Series

 

As flag football grows in popularity worldwide, we are excited to grow the NFL FLAG Canada tournament series. Stay tuned to our website and social media to be the first to know about exciting announcements. In the meantime, here’s an inside look at some of the initial updates: 

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Age Divisions:

  • 10 and under
    • Born in 2014, 2015, or 2016
  • 12 and under
    • Born in 2012, 2013, or 2014
  • 14 and under
    • Born in 2010, 2011, or 2012

Roster Requirements:

  • 10 and under & 12 and under co-ed competition to include minimum of 2 players of the opposite sex other than the 8 players on a roster.
    • For example: 2-females, 8-males OR 2-males, 8-females 
  • A minimum of 1 player of the opposite sex than the other 4 players must be on the field at all times.
    • For example: 1-female, 4-males OR 1-male, 4-females 

Canadian National Championship:

  • Winners from each age division will advance to the 2024 Canadian National Championship
    • The 12 and under winner of the Canadian National Championship will advance to the 2025 International NFL FLAG Championships 

If you have any questions about these changes, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at events@rcxsports.com 

2024 Regional Tournaments - Canada

Montreal

  • Tournament Date: June 1, 2024
  • Location: Dalbe Viau High School
  • Registration Deadline: May 17, 2024
  • Age Division: 10u Co-ed, 12u Co-ed & 14u Co-ed

   Regina

  • Tournament Date: June 8, 2024
  • Location: University of Regina
  • Registration Deadline: May 24, 2024
  • Age Division: 10u Co-ed, 12u Co-ed & 14u Co-ed

Edmonton

  • Tournament Date: June 15, 2024
  • Location: Fuhr Sports Park
  • Registration Deadline: May 31, 2024
  • Age Division: 10u Co-ed, 12u Co-ed & 14u Co-ed 

Vancouver

  • Tournament Date: June 22, 2024
  • Location: SFU Stadium at Terry Fox Field
  • Registration Deadline: June 7, 2024
  • Age Division: 10u, Co-ed, 12u Co-ed & 14u Co-ed

Hamilton

  • Tournament Date: June 29, 2024
  • Location: McMaster University
  • Registration Deadline: June 14, 2024
  • Age Division: 10u Co-ed, 12u Co-ed & 14u Co-ed

Ottawa

  • Tournament Date: July 14, 2024
  • Location: Algonquin College
  • Registration Deadline: July 5, 2024
  • Age Division: 10u Co-ed,12u Co-ed & 14u Co-ed

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NFL FLAG teams and non-NFL FLAG teams are invited to compete in the NFL FLAG Canada Regional Tournament Series

  • Winners from each age division will advance to the 2024 Canadian National Championship
    • The 12 and under winner of the Canadian National Championship will advance to the 2025 International NFL FLAG Championships  
  • Download the official "NFL FLAG Tournaments" app powered by TeamSnap to follow all tournament schedules, standings and results
  • Follow NFL FLAG on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for tournament action!
  • Additional 2024 NFL FLAG Regional Tournament Series information coming soon! 

NFL FLAG Canada National Championship:

 

  • Winners from each age division will advance to the 2024 NFL FLAG Canadian National Championship in Toronto. 
  • The 12 and under Winner of the Canadian National Championship will receive a bid to represent Team Canada at the 2024 NFL FLAG Championships at Pro Bowl Games.  
  • Rosters will LOCK. No adjustments can be made to your winning roster. 

2024 REGIONAL TOURNAMENT PHOTOS

 

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Regina

 

NFL FLAG Canada Tournament FAQ 2024

Q: What is NFL FLAG Canada? (General) 

A: NFL FLAG Canada operated by RCX Sports allows boys and girls ages 8-14 to enjoy America’s favorite sport in the largest flag football program in the nation.  Players benefit by being active through non-contact, non-stop action while being able to learn lessons in teamwork and sportsmanship as well as learning the fundamentals of football. To protect the integrity of the sport, all coaches and league operators have passed background checks. At this time, our Regional tournaments include the following age divisions: 10 and under, 12 and under, AND 14 under. We are actively working to expand within Canada and grow our tournaments, we look forward to seeing you there! 

Q: What are the costs and requirements to be an NFL FLAG League? (General) 

A: There are ZERO start up fees to become an official NFL FLAG league. You must be in an area where there isn’t an existing NFL FLAG league in order to start a new league. NFL FLAG requires your league to hold a $1 million general liability policy, https://nflflag.com/league-insurance. You must submit an application and then be approved to officially become an NFL FLAG Program.

Q: What are the rules for NFL FLAG? 

A: Visit NFLFLAG.com for the NFL FLAG Rulebook 

Q: Are there multi team discounts for NFL FLAG Tournaments? 

A: There are NO multi team discounts. 

Q: Is there any financial assistance from NFL FLAG for team traveling to NFL FLAG Tournaments? 

A: All teams are responsible for their own financials to and from Regional Events. 

Q: What if an NFL FLAG Tournament is canceled due to weather, do I get a refund? 

A: There are no refunds. However, if the event is not able to be rescheduled, RCX Sports will provide options to the teams. 

Q: Can my team get a refund? 

A: No. After your team registers, there are NO REFUNDS and NO TRANSFERS to different tournaments. All sales are final. 

Q: Is there a cap on the number of teams that can participate in the Age Division? 

A: Yes, each event could be capped depending on the amount of field space, so don’t miss out and register early! 

Q: Will players be age verified at NFL FLAG Tournaments?  

A: Yes, participants must be age verified through the NSID Website. Onsite age verification will not take place under any circumstances. 

Q: Where will the NFL FLAG National Championships be in 2024? 

A: The NFL FLAG Canadian Championships will be held in Toronto in October 2024. ALL teams who won their Regional will earn a paid bid to the NFL FLAG Canadian Championships. The 12 and under winner of the 2024 NFL FLAG Canadian Championships will earn a bid to the 2025 International NFL FLAG Championships at Pro Bowl Games. 

Q: Where will the NFL FLAG National Championships be in 2025? 

A: Once the NFL announces the location of the 2025 Pro Bowl Games, we will provide more details around the Championships. 

Q: Can a roster be altered once the team qualifies for the NFL FLAG Championships? 

A: No, once your team wins at Regionals, all rosters are locked, and no adjustments can be made unless approved by NFL FLAG.  

Q: Can my team wear their own jerseys at a Regional Tournament? 

A: No, teams must wear the Regional Tournament provided jerseys. 

Q: What is age verification? Do I have to complete this step?  

A: Age verification confirms the appropriate age of each athlete ensuring that no documents are being altered or falsified. Every player is required to do age verification.  

Q: How do I get my athlete “age verified”? 

A: Once the coach of a team has sent the player an invite from NSID, the player will receive an email and allow for them to “join the team”. They will then begin uploading the needed information for their age verification process to begin. There is a $12.99 USD cost to be age verified. 

Q: What documents do I need to get my athlete age verified?  

A: A birth certificate or passport or state id may be used. All participants are required to upload school documents, like a report card or progress report, as well as a photo head shot.  

Q: Does getting my athlete age verified cost money?  

A: Yes, the age verification process costs $12.99 USD. Once your child is age verified, they will not need to be re-verified for another tournament this year.  

Q: My athlete is playing in more than one tournament. Do I need to pay for age verification each time?  

A: No. You will only need to pay for the age verification process once and your athlete is eligible to participate in any NFL FLAG tournament this year. When you register for another tournament, be sure to log into NSID with the same log in email to make sure you are using the correct ID number for your athlete. If you have any questions regarding payment, please reach out to NSID directly at billing@nationalsportsid.com 

Q: My athlete is not showing as age verified. What do I do?  

A: There are a few reasons why your athlete may not be shown as eligible, or age verified on their team roster.  

1) Your player(s) NSID may be in the pending review status and in this case, it will be orange when you log in. Please allow up to 24 hours for the review to take place. 

2) Your player(s) NSID may have been rejected and is awaiting a change or more information. If so, the NSID will be red, and you can view the reason on your Dashboard or on the player’s NSID. 

In either case, we encourage you to check your athlete’s status with NSID by reaching out to customer service at admin@nationalsportsid.com 

Q-How do I invite players to my roster?  

A: Once you have created a team in NSID, you will be directed to your team view page. Once there, you will see a “invite player” button at the top of the page. You will enter each player/player’s parents email address. This will send an email to the player/parent of the player for them to accept. This will place the athlete on your roster.  

Q: How do I know my team is fully validated? 

A: The team page will turn green and state “Team Verified” with the division the team is eligible for. 

Q: Do head coaches and assistant coaches need to be background checked? 

A: Yes, all coaches will need to complete their background check through Checkr: https://identity.checkr.com/login 

Q: How much does it cost to register my team for a tournament? 

A: Team Registration is $200 CAD per team. 

Q: What is the structure of an NFL FLAG Regional Tournament? 

A: Each team is guaranteed three games. If the schedule permits, all teams advance to single elimination playoffs. Larger Regional tournaments might only allow the top 50% of teams to advance to a single elimination playoff. Winners of all three age divisions (10 and under, 12 and under AND 14 and under) will qualify for the NFL FLAG Canadian Championship.  

Q: Which Regionals will offer the 10u and 14u division?

A: This year, we are excited to offer the 10 and under, 12 and under AND 14 and under age divisions at all six regional tournaments! 

Q: What happens if there are only two teams, three teams, or another odd number of teams in my age division? 

A: If there are only two teams, you will play a best of three (first team to win two games). If there are three teams in your division, you will play each other teams once. From there, all three teams will go directly into bracket play. If there are an odd number of teams higher than 3, one team in that division will be randomly selected to play a fourth pool play game. The fourth pool play game does count towards overall standings. 

Q: Can I attend a US Regional tournament? 

A: Only US Teams, with their entire roster residing in the US, are eligible to play in US Regional Tournaments. NFL FLAG Leagues from Canada are not eligible for US Regionals. Please see the 2024 Canadian Regional Schedule HERE

 

Q: What are the Age Divisions and age cutoffs for NFL FLAG Regionals?

  • 10 and under

    • Born in 2014, 2015 or 2016  

  • 12 and under

    • Born in 2012, 2013 or 2014

  • 14 and under

    • Born in 2010, 2011 or 2012

 

Q: Can you attend more than one Regional Tournament? 

A: Yes, but once you win a Regional, your team is unable to attend another.  

Q: Can an individual player attend more than one Regional Tournament? 

A: Yes, but any player on a Regional winning roster is ineligible to compete in another Regional tournament. 

Q: How many players and coaches can be on a roster at a Regional Tournament? 

A: A roster must consist of a minimum of 6 players and a maximum of 10 players. A maximum of 2 coaches are permitted.  

  • 10 and under & 12 and under co-ed competition to include minimum of 2 players of the opposite sex other than the 8 players on a roster. (i.e.2 female/8 males OR 2 male/8 females) 
    • A minimum of 1 player of the opposite sex than the other 4 players must be on the field at all times. (i.e.1 female/4 males OR 1 male/4 females) 

Q: Can a player play for more than one roster at NFL FLAG Regional Tournaments? 

A: NO, at Regional tournaments players are restricted to only one roster in one age division. 

Q: Can you be a head coach for more than one roster at NFL FLAG Regional Tournaments?  

A: Yes, however, Coaches will not be eligible to coach in the same age division in the same tournament. Schedule requests will NOT be taken. 

Q: If a team wins a Regional Tournament, will I receive a free paid bid to NFL FLAG Championships at the Pro Bowl? 

A: Winners from the 10 and under, 12 and under AND 14 and under age divisions at a Regional Tournament earn a Full Bid (registration cost only) to the NFL FLAG Canadian Championships. 

 Q: Who advances to the NFL FLAG Championships at Pro Bowl Games? 

A: The 12 and under winner of the NFL FLAG Canadian Championship will earn a Full Bid (registration cost only) to the NFL FLAG Championships at Pro Bowl Games to represent Team Canada in the International Division. 

Q: How old do you have to be to be a coach for a team? 

A: You have to be 16 years old 

NFL FLAG Tournament Guidelines / Regulations 

 

2024 Overview 

FLAG is a natural entry point into the world of football, creating opportunities for your child to learn, engage and grow with the game.  We’re hard at work collaborating with clubs, including the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings, to establish more flag football leagues for boys and girls, ages 4 to 17 years old.  Our goal is 250 NFL FLAG leagues in Canada, with more than 100,00 youth flag football athletes participating, over the next three years.   

NFL FLAG SUPER REGIONAL & REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS

 

2024 Tournament Structure leading to NFL FLAG Canadian Championships

 

NFL FLAG Canadian Regionals 

  • Montreal - June 1

  • Regina - June 9

  • Edmonton - June 15

  • Vancouver - June 22

  • Hamilton - June 29

  • Ottawa - July 14 

 

2024 NFL FLAG Approved Age Divisions at NFL FLAG National Championships at Pro Bowl

  • 10 and under

    • Born in 2014, 2015 or 2016

  • 12 and under

    • Born in 2012, 2013 or 2014

  • 14 and under

    • Born in 2010, 2011 or 2012

 

2024 General Guidelines  

 

1. The 2024 NFL FLAG Tournament Rulebook will be used.  

2. NFL FLAG Regional teams will be provided with NFL FLAG Jerseys and flags for each event, unless otherwise noted.  

3. Rosters will be a MAX of 10 players/2 coaches.  

4. Players may only be on one roster. Players cannot play in two NFL FLAG Regional Age Divisions. 

5. The only way to qualify for NFL FLAG Canadian Championships is by winning a Regional Tournament. 

6. The only way to qualify for NFL FLAG Championships at Pro Bowl Games is by winning the NFL FLAG Canadian Championship. 

7. Qualified teams will receive a Full Bid entry to NFL FLAG Canadian Championship NFL FLAG Championships at Pro Bowl Games. Team’s who decline the bid run the risk of being ineligible for the following year Regionals. 

  • The qualified team will receive a Full Bid entry to NFL FLAG Championships at Pro Bowl Games. 

8. Once a team qualifies the entire roster and Head Coach is FINAL. Edits may not be made to the rosters for the NFL FLAG Championships at Pro Bowl Games. 

9. Qualified players are ineligible to attend any other Regional Tournament in any division. 

10. To be eligible to play in bracket play, players MUST play in at least one pool play game 

 

2024 Age Verification/Coach Verification

 

  • All teams will be put into a Pool Play Format. 

  • Every team is guaranteed a minimum of (3) three pool play games. 

    • If there are only two teams, you will play a best of three (first team to win two games). If there are three teams in your division, you will play each other teams once. From there, all three teams will go directly into bracket play. If there are an odd number of teams higher than 3, one team in that division will be randomly selected to play a fourth pool play game. The fourth pool play game does count towards overall standings. 

  • If the schedule permits, all teams advance to single-elimination playoffs. Larger Regional tournaments might only allow the top 50% of teams to advance to a single elimination playoff.   

  • All teams will be reseeded according to the following criteria for bracket play: 

    • Least Games Lost 

    • Most games Won 

    • Head-to-Head Record (2 teams only) 

    • Points Against 

    • Points For 

    • Coin Toss