NFL and CFL team up on youth flag football

NEW YORK — The NFL and CFL have launched a flag football program that will involve hundreds of youngsters across Canada.

The program will culminate in a national flag football tournament during the week of the 105th Grey Cup in Ottawa, with the winner traveling to Pro Bowl week in Orlando to participate in the NFL FLAG championships.

The joint flag football initiative will teach kids the fundamentals of the game and promote physical activity. Along with skills development, participants will receive lessons in teamwork and sportsmanship.

"This flag football tournament series is an exciting example of our continued commitment to grow the game," said Glen Johnson, CFL senior vice president of football. "Developing programming for youth football with our partners at the NFL promotes a healthy lifestyle and the continued success of our sport in a fun and safe way."

Coed teams of 11- and 12-year old athletes will take part in nine regional tournaments to be held in CFL cities throughout the fall. The national tournament will be held Nov. 21 at the University of Ottawa.

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