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EXPRESS FLAG FOOTBALL IS THE PREMIER YEAR-ROUND FLAG FOOTBALL TRAINING PROGRAM FOR KIDS AGES 7-14 IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA.  EXPRESS trains athletes to compete and succeed while playing at flag football’s highest level.  This better prepares young athletes to succeed not only in flag football, but in their other athletic and non-athletic endeavors as well.  The program forms competitive teams that attend local and out-of-area flag football tournaments. 

EXPRESS Flag Football is run by a qualified coaching staff that has experience developing successful youth football programs. Coaches provide quality training to help guide, direct, and assist players through their youth athletic careers


 As members of the EXPRESS Program, participants can expect the following:

  • Player Assessment - measuring talents such as: Speed, Quickness, Agility, Passing, Jumping, Ball Reaction, Catching, Football IQ
  • Year-round Weekly Skills Development Program including training sessions, position training, speed & agility clinics, film sessions, games, scrimmages and more
  • Registration fees for East Bay Flag Football's Spring and Fall Seasons are included in the price of EXPRESS.  For more info on EBFF and the current/upcoming season, click here.
  • Entry into at least 4 Tournaments per year (e.g. one or more per quarter).  Exact schedule TBD
    • Local Tournaments (Oakland, Santa Cruz, Morgan Hill, San Jose, Oakley, Watsonville, etc...)
    • NFL FLAG Regional Tournaments (So. Cal, Las Vegas or Phoenix)
      • Winners of each NFL FLAG Regional Tournament advance to the National Championships in Orlando in January.  In the last 3 years, 5 EBFF teams have advanced to Orlando (all expenses paid) to play in the National Championships.
    • Other Regional Tournaments to qualify for a National Tournament
      • USA Football
      • Flag Football World Championship Tour
      • National Flag Football
      • Hard Count Athletics
    • EBFF Memorial Match Up (Memorial Day Sunday in Oakland)
  • A Custom EXPRESS Uniform (with name/nickname & number)


Practices -  Currently held in Alameda three times per week.  However, we are now looking for an Oakland practice field and expect to switch one of the weekday practices as soon as possible.  Players are expected to attend at least 2 sessions per week.  Field location provided upon program registration and is subject to change:

    • Tuesday, 6pm-8pm
    • Thursday, 6pm-8pm
    • Sunday, 11am -1pm (replaced by games in Oakland when EBFF's regular season is in session)




Cost$150 per month (Monthly payment plans available).  $1,500 for 10 month program (3/1/20 to 12/31/20).  Price includes registration cost to play in East Bay Flag Football's Spring and Fall Seasons.


At least one team in each of the following divisions:

  •  7-8 division    (Coed)
  •  9-10 division  (Coed)
  • 11-12 division (Coed)
  • 13-14 division (Boys)
  • 13-14 division (Girls)


Rules (No Contact and No Blocking)

NFL FLAG rules will be the standard; however, some tournaments may use slightly different rules.   NFL FLAG is 5 on 5 flag football where every player is eligible to receive the ball.  There is no contact and no blocking.  It is a style of play that is exciting both to play and watch. NFL FLAG is played in over 1,000 leagues across the country, including East Bay Flag Football.



  • Should we sign up for the EXPRESS Flag Football Tournament Program AND East Bay Flag Footballs regular season too?  Yes.  When you sign up for EXPRESS, you will be given a code that you can use to waive the fees for EBFF's Spring and Fall Seasons.  EXPRESS players will form teams in their appropriate age groups and play in EBFF's regular season.  EXPRESS practices will be scheduled around EBFF's regular season.
  • Does everyone who registers make the team?  Yes, while space is available.  This will likely change as the program grows.  EXPRESS Coaches and Staff also reserve the right to terminate any players’ membership at any time.  Refund will apply as mentioned below.
  • Is every player guaranteed to play in the games?  No. EXPRESS coaches and staff will make teams and starting lineups.  This is a Competitive Program and teams will be built to have the best chance to succeed in competitive tournaments.  Every player has the opportunity to improve their skills and work their way into starting lineups!
  • How is my player’s age determined? In general, and for NFL FLAG rules, age is determined by how old your player is on 8/1 of the current calendar year.  Some tournaments may use slightly different age guidelines/requirements so there may be some variation from tournament to tournament.  For example, in EBFF's Spring Season, age is determined by how old your player is on 4/1.
  • Can I pay the EXPRESS Registration Fee by Check – We prefer that all payments are made online during online registration using a credit/debit card or ACH/eCheck.  Monthly payment plans are available.  To request making a payment by check or cash for the entire (annual) amount due, please email  Monthly payment plans are not available using cash or check.
  • What is the refund policy of EXPRESS Flag Football?  Players may terminate their Express membership at any time, however, we request at least 2 weeks advance notice.  EBFF registration and refund policies apply and can be seen here.  Exceptions to this policy include:
    • Refunds will be given on a pro-rata basis (time paid for but not used will be refunded).  Uniform and some other costs may be deducted from the pro-rata refund.
  • Do my registration fees cover travel costs?
    • No, however, out of town travel costs for Express Players are currently covered by donations from private sponsor!!!  This could change in the future.  Fundraising platform is available to players to help cover out of pocket costs, however, parents, siblings and fans will need to cover their own travel expenses.  Most tournaments will be local and not require an overnight stay.
    • Medical Insurance?  No.  Limited free medical insurance may be offered by NFL FLAG, but EXPRESS Flag Football and East Bay Flag Football are not liable for any medical expenses
  • Are scholarships available for those that need financial assistance?  Yes, but players are expected to use our fundraising platform to help cover costs.  Email to request financial aid.





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