Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be gay?
Not at all. Although the league is predominately made up of gay men, there are many straight guys who play year after year, and women are welcome to join as well! Many join the league because they enjoy the inclusive and friendly, yet still competitive, culture of the league.
I've never played football, and don't really know much about it. What do I need to do?
Players of all ages, experience and athletic ability are part of the league. Although the games can be competitive, we foster a culture of respect and of helping each other learn and improve their skills. All you need to do is try your best.
Do I have to be in shape to play?
Our players come in all shapes and sizes. We share an appreciation of the game and the camaraderie of team sport. Not everyone can be a star quarterback, but there is a place for everyone who wants to play. Likewise, those with more experience and athletic ability will be challenged both physically and mentally. If you are looking for motivation to be more active and spend more time outdoors, joining the league is a great way to help you achieve your goals.
How often do teams usually practice?
During the season, teams will typically practice once per week. Communicate with your captain to determine when the best time to practice. Teams work together to make a practice schedule around each other.
What equipment do I need to buy?
There isn't much! During play, we require players to wear drawstring gym shorts that do not have pockets. Of course, you'll want to have good running shoes or cleats. The NFFLA will provide you with a t-shirt/jersey and flags.
How many games per season?
We play on Saturday morning/early afternoon. Our teams play a minimum of 7 regular season games and 1 playoff game (all teams go to Playoffs). There is also a pre-season game and a championship game.
What if I can't commit to every practice or game?
We are all busy. Just make sure you let your captain know as soon as you can when you can't make it. If you know you're going to be out of town any weekends for work or vacation, just note that in the schedule conflicts question during the registration process online.
How are the teams put together?
New teams are formed through a draft process each season. New players must attend one of our Play and Greet Orientation sessions to meet the captains and other players. At the Play and Greet, you will have an opportunity to learn our rules and run a few plays. You will be informed at the team reveal party shortly after the draft.
If I sign up with a partner/friend, can we play on the same team?
New players to the league can be linked to another new player to guarantee that they will play on the same team for the first year of play. The link will be broken however, if one or both of the new players do not attend the mini camp.
I am looking forward to meeting some new people, what should I expect?
The league has over 100 players each spring that come from all backgrounds, professions and parts of town. Over the course of the season, you will get to know your teammates very well. The league also sponsors numerous social events each year such as dinners, beer and margarita blasts, and game watching parties. Joining the NFFLA is one of the best ways to get to know new people.
If I have other questions, who can I contact?
Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any other questions!