What to Expect from the 2021 Flag Football World Championships in Panama City Beach, Florida

What to Expect from the 2021 Flag Football World Championships in Panama City Beach, Florida

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Registration for the 2021 Flag Football World Championships on MLK Weekend in January opens tomorrow, August 1st for all teams with bids, and August 5th for the general public, and divisions will fill up so make sure you register with your $50 deposit ASAP. We are making some big moves this year following the record setting 612 team 2020 event, and below are some of the new and amazing things you can expect from this year’s Flag Football World Championships which promises to build on the unparalleled event experience you have all come to expect!

View the 2021 World Championships Event Page, Details & Schedule Blocks >>

World Class Facility & Beaches

The biggest change for this year’s event is the move from Orlando to Panama City Beach, perennially ranked in the top 3 beach destination in the United States. The event will be hosted at one of the premiere state-of-the-art sports complexes in the world, featuring 9 full size turf fields allowing us to be much better defended from weather-related cancellations and other issues, along with 4 grass fields and plenty of room for expansion. All fields feature LED lights, with multiple concession areas, gourmet food trucks on-site, free parking, and many other amenities.

The fields are also conveniently located within 10 minutes of most all hotel, condo and rental house properties, bars, restaurants, entertainment, world-renowned beaches and shopping centers featuring a Nike Outlet, Dicks Sporting goods and much more! No more driving 45 minutes just to get from your lodging to the fields and back every day on toll roads adding hundreds of dollars to the cost of attending, and more time to spend enjoying the amazing city and beaches.

Higher Cash Prizes with No Minimums

Adding to the list of major improvements for the players for this years Flag Football World Championships is a big increase to our cash prizes for all PRO divisions, along with no more 10 or 20 team minimum requirements for ALL prizes. Now, all PRO divisions start with a minimum $2,500 prize, regardless of how many teams participate in that division, and will also be rewarded with an additional $100 per team to the pot, resulting in an over $23,000 increase in prizes compared to 2020 based on same team counts.  I.E. the 5v5 Men’s PRO division in 2020 had 32 teams, which would have added $3,200 to the current $2,500 pot, for a grand total of $5,700 cash prize, effectively doubling many divisions prizes or more. All division winners for all styles will also now receive official Championship T-Shirts for their players and coaches to show off your achievements year-round along with the standard MVP awards, medals, championship rings and trophies for each team!

Showcase your Stats and Records

Another big new addition to the 2021 Flag Football World Championships will be the addition of stat keeping for a select few PRO divisions, to be announced at a later date. Each selected division will have stat keepers at every game where we will post official team pages, player profiles and statistical leaderboards and record holders for the event that we will build off of in future years along with awards for topping the charts!

Tryout for the USA Flag All-American Team

New in 2021 is the announcement of the USA Flag Men’s & Women’s All-American Team, which will be hand selected by coaches and scouts exclusively at the 2021 Flag Football World Championships in Panama City Beach, Florida! The team, coaches and players will be treated to an all-expense paid trip to an international tournament in Cancun to represent the United States and USA Flag, targeted for the fall of 2021. Stay tuned for full details but this is an opportunity you’re not going to want to miss!

Play in More Guaranteed Divisions than Ever Before against the World’s Top Competition

There is no tournament on the planet that offers this level of international competition across all styles, while also providing lower divisions for teams who want to just have fun or experience the premiere event in flag football! With the move to Panama City Beach and the expansion to a 5 day format with each division playing a maximum of 2-3 fully consecutive days (view schedule block here), we are now able to accommodate over 700 teams with room to grow even more in future years!

Not only that, we can now guarantee teams more styles that will not conflict that were issues in the past, with contact and non-contact styles now playing on completely separate days! We anticipate this adding to the diversity in teams you see participating in new styles and adding to the competition and variety like never before!

Enjoy Planned Activities and Discounts throughout Panama City Beach

More than ever before, we are focusing on the full experience around the 2021 World Championships by adding tons of extracurricular activities and competitions for players and teams to enjoy! Our captains meeting partner will be Rock’It Lanes who will be providing free bowling passes to ALL players, free $10 arcade coupons with the purchase of a $20 card, free CiCi’s meal tickets for coaches, all handed out in your packets at the captains meeting!  They’re also offering major drink discounts with $3.50 you-call-its on anything in the bar!

We will be planning nightly after-parties, hosting a charity golf tournament and auction, a bowling tournament and even a fishing tournament with big prizes for winners that participate when not playing flag! More details will be coming soon but expect for there to never be a dull moment and tons of planned options for you to enjoy in addition to the next-level experience of participating in the Flag Football World Championships!

Make sure you get registered ASAP so you don’t miss out on the biggest and best flag football tournament event of the year!

View the 2021 World Championships Event Page, Details & Schedule Blocks >>


Travis Burnett

A veteran flag football player and creator of FlagSpin.com, Travis helped found the Flag Football World Championship Tour as a way to help revitalize and continue growing the sport, work to incorporate more sponsors and bring bigger and better events to the players and fans across the world.