Youth flag football coming to Lakewood, Denver

Program provides safe football from 4 to 14 years old

Staff Report

- The Denver Broncos season may have ended but youth football is starting to ramp up with spring just around the corner.

National Flag Football, the largest youth flag football organization in the country, is coming to the Front Range and will have its inaugural season in Denver, Lakewood and Boulder this spring.

The program provides girls and boys ages 4-to-14-year-old a safe and fun football league for all skill levels and is designed to educate young people about football while emphasizing participation and sportsmanship.

The season will consist of seven games located at eight high school football field including: The Stutler Bowl Stadium (Cherry Creek), Denver East High School, Manual High School (Denver), Lakewood High School, Broomfield High School, Fairview High School (Boulder), Rangeview High School (Aurora) and Adam’s Five Star Stadium (Thornton).

All participants will receive a reversible National Football League Flag Football jersey, representing one of the NFL teams, and flags that are theirs to keep at the completion of the season.

“We are so excited to have our first season in Colorado,” said Francis Meram, executive director of National Flag Football in a press release. “We can only hope our first season is as great as the Broncos were this year.”

Teams will be formed by students from the same schools and grade, giving children the opportunity to participate as a team with their classmates. Practices are scheduled an hour before each game resulting in a one day a week commitment to the league.

Games are played in a five on five format on a 60-yard long field and provide young players a fun and exciting opportunity to engage in non-contact, continuous action while learning lessons in teamwork. All games are officiated by certified and trained officials.

The league begins the first week of April and ends the first week of June. Registration is open for the spring league through February 28 at or at 720-360-1600.