The Flag Football World Championship Tour is on the forefront of pushing the sport for Olympic inclusion, runs the largest flag football tournaments in the world and is the most followed brand in the sport.
Our 2020 World Championship in Orlando set a record for our sport with over 620 teams in attendance over 3 days, across 30 different divisions, with over 10,000 room nights accounted for by the county of Kissimmee.
The Flag Football World Championship Tour has been instrumental in assisting running the events for selection and assisting with the National Team program for the past 3 years with a goal of pushing towards Olympic inclusion.
Our events are more than just another tournament. We try to create a festival style experience that includes sponsors, vendors, and other activities at each of our events to appeal towards travelling teams.
Founded in August 2015 as an event marketing company, the Flag Football World Championship Tour was built by two former players with creative, marketing and entreprenuerial backgrounds with a goal of uniting the sport of flag football under a single brand. We began by recruiting the top independent flag football tournament events in the nation to agree to partner under the FFWCT umbrella, allowing us to bring major sponsorship value to the events collectively and better market the events to players nationwide.2015
We launched 2016 with our first of 10 events featured on the Flag Football World Championship Tour, a 350 team event partner in Tampa, helping increase his registration by over 20% in 2 months and secure over 15 sponsors and vendors to enhance the event. We launched our first owned and operated tournament in Foley, Alabama that October, featuring over 30 teams all travelling in for our first tourism based event. By December we had travelled to, marketed and increased revenue and participation for events in 10 different states including Illinois, Washington, Georgia, Nevada, New York, California, Ohio, Texas, Alabama and Florida.2016
With the success of our Alabama tournament, we launched our first major cash prize event in Orlando for Memorial Day in 2017, which would eventually become our flagship event. The event exploded to 225 teams and put us in the spotlight as one of the top flag football organizations in the United States. It also brought us national recognition from teams, cities and facilities nationwide who began to bid for our events to try and drive tourism to their locations which would become a staple of our business model in the sports tourism market. We brought all of our events in-house from this point forward, only including fully owned and operated events on our tour.2017
Having established a strong track record as a top organizer and influencer in the sport, we set our eyes on one of our top goals which is to help drive the sport towards Olympic inclusion. We partnered with USA Football to help select and manage the Team USA men’s and women’s team for the IFAF World Championship event held that August. We hosted the selection event and helped guide both teams in Panama City, Panama to dual gold medals for the first time in IFAF and U.S. history. We also engaged USA Football in a contract to begin developing the official governing body for the sport of Flag Football.
Our events continued to see tremendous growth as well, expanding our tour to over 20 events, continuing to grow our National Championship, and establishing the first true open invitation World Championship for youth and adults in Indianapolis. We partnered with the largest youth flag football league and tournament operator in the world to help create a major youth series feeding into our 2019 National Championships underneath the FFWCT brand and umbrella.2018
Our 2019 FFWCT Battle Orlando National Championships exploded into the largest flag football tournament in history, hosting 700 teams across 4 different facilities in the Orlando area, with 179 youth and 521 adult teams represented from all across the world. We expanded our regional event series as well to over 40 owned and operated or sanctioned events all feeding into our tour series. We also secured major grants from multiple states for continuing to grow our events to new heights.2019
2020 saw tremendous success despite COVID. While cutting back on the total number of events we were able to operate, we were blessed to execute all of our largest events and many of our regionals despite the challenges faced by all event owners where many others were not.
Being a non-contact sport and very flexible in the styles offered and field sized needed we adjusted and excelled in new spaces and regions across the country and continued to develop our very loyal following through our perseverance.2020
2021 is our year of expansion, adding over 10 regionals to our calendar nationwide and 2 Majors as a top tier event below our National and World Championship pinnacle events. We created a brand new format that has taken off as a fan favorite and moved to a qualification only World Championship event in Tampa that has subsequently beefed up the participation in our Regional and Major tournaments significantly.
We also formalized a partnership with USA Football to be an official scouting destination for the Team USA Men's and Women's program. We will finish 2021 with the most participation, total events and gross revenue of any year in our existence by far.2021
In 2022, we aim to push the envelope even further. Our goal is to add an additional 5-10 regionals and 1-2 Majors in key markets. In addition we have our Memorial Day Major up for bid for relocation.
We are also looking to add additional beach and grass combination events to our calendar where appropriate.2022
We run many regional tournaments every year, along with Majors and 1 National Championship culminating in the largest flag football tournament of the year, our World Championships every January.
DMVFFL East Coast Nationals • Richmond, VA • 5/1/2021
Pensacola Regional • Fort Collins, CO • 6/26/2021
Fort Collins Regional • Fort Collins, CO • 6/26/2021
Dallas Regional • Dallas, TX • 6/26/2021
Canton Regional • Canton, OH • 6/26/2021
Minneapolis Regional • Minneapolis, MN • 8/14/2021
Ohio State Championships • Columbus, OH • 11/6/2021
Panama City Beach Regional • Panama City, FL • 11/14/2021
Los Angeles Regional • Santa Clarita, CA • 11/20/2021
San Diego Beach Tournament • Oceanside, CA • 11/20/2021
Texas State Championships • Dallas, TX • 12/11/2020
New in 2021, we introduced a mid-tier pair of events that each were over 200 teams in attendance. These events are official qualifiers that guarantee top 4 seeding for our World Championships, higher cash prizes than regionals at high priority locations!
In the final major stop prior to the World Championships, the National Championships will provide teams with their last chance to “punch their ticket” to the 2022 World Championships. 400+ teams will venture to sunny Las Vegas from all over the country to crown a National Champion.
The 2021 Flag Football World Championships, hosted in Panama City Beach, FL, played host to over 450 of the world’s top teams. from the United States, Canada, Panama, Mexico, Denmark, Bahamas, UK, Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico and others competed for over $50,000 and the title of World Champion!
We are looking for an opportunity to put a 2022 or 2023 event in your area! Here are some of the things we need or would like that would make our chances of putting on a very successful, highly attended and well-traveled event in your city!
We are a fully staffed organization with a niche sport and do not require
For all Major, National and World Championships, we are looking to be able to host our event with full field costs covered, including field striping, field maintenance and cleanup. Regionals it is highly preferred but can be negotiated depending on the market and amenities.
Based on full size 120×60 yard minimum field dimensions.
As an organization that is travelling an above average amount of staff and officials into events due to the nature of the sport not being as locally supportive in most areas, along with cash prizes being a significant draw to our travelling teams, rights fees are required for most all events.
Per year, per event in each market.
2-3 BOTTOM LINE RELIEF ITEMS
If there are benefits the local CBV or venue can provide to help offset additional costs for running our event that will be a big bonus when considering future event locations.
We are marketing & advertising specialist at heart so we know and value the importance of creating quality & engaging campaigns that allow players, families & spectators to get excited about travelling to your destination. Any additional marketing budget you can pass along or assist with things like local advertising and awareness will be considered.
Below are typical event expenses for regional, national and world championship tournaments where a venue or CVB may provide relief.
We built the FFWCT on the concept of not only running great events, but making sure our marketing and creative are top notch and bring a level of professionalism to the sport that has been lacking.
The Flag Football World Championship Tour focuses our marketing efforts heavily in social media, building a community of followers that are actively engaged and plugged into our every move across multiple channels. We opened 2016 with less than 5,000 total followers, experiencing tremendous growth over the year.
Our website focuses on developing our community with regular content for players, coaches and officials with an easy way to get event information. We’ve experience 100% growth in visitors and total website hits in the last 12 months and over 45,000 hits on average per month, peaking around major events.
We send regular email blasts sent to an active and opted in group of fans, coaches, players and organizers promoting FFWCT activity, sponsors and general flag football information. Our database features over 25,000 active subscribers.
Over the years we have had the opportunity to partner with everything from global brands to local vendors and sponsors where we work to create a mutually beneficial relationship we can all benefit from! Below are some of those partners!
Here are some of the most common questions we get asked!
We do have a housing group we work with and have minimum rebate requests and room blocks. We can work with a venue’s housing group but prefer not to if at all possible.
Our events are not stay to play. We prefer to work with markets who understand 100% of our room blocks will be in their required area, pushed to the teams, with surveys sent out, but difficult to track every hotel booked without stay to play.
No we do not require a bid fee, only a rights fee due after signing depending on the event size.
For our tournaments, teams usually travel up to 4 or so hours for regionals, 5-12 hours for Majors and world wide for our national and world championships. Many teams travel nationwide for any tournament in high priority travel destinations.
To submit a bid, fill out the form below and we will get back to you ASAP with questions, comments or to set up a call for a further discussion.
All 2022 Bid Submissions are due by September 1, 2021 but we recommend submitting ASAP as our calendar will most likely fill well before that.