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American Youth Football & Cheer

Mission Statement

American Youth Football, Inc., established in 1996, is a support services organization, dedicated to giving back to communities by promoting the wholesome development of youth through their association with exemplary adult leaders in the sport of American football and cheer. Guidelines are established to ensure that players play in an atmosphere of learning with a competitive balance between teams.


Dedicated to teaching youth through positive role models.

Emphasis on learning, playing, and enjoying the sport while instilling high moral standards by stressing the importance of academic achievement and community involvement.

Helping kids become leaders and teammates.

Fostering confidence and a sense of self-worth, in players that extend beyond the gridiron and into the school, family and community.

To prepare youngsters to face the future with sportsmanship, teamwork, honesty, responsibility, self-discipline, positive aspirations, academic preparedness and confidence. If we teach them positive lessons, such as playing by the rules, our young athletes will learn to live by the rules.

To lend members support yet remaining NON-INTRUSIVE to local operations.

To make youth football and cheer ALL-INCLUSIVE, by not excluding participants based on superficial factors (such as weight, finances or athletic ability).

To encourage programs for special needs, at-risk and anti-gang groups, as well as the international football community.


AYF offers the most comprehensive division structure in Youth Football.

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Recreational and elite cheer programs, step and dance; large and small divisions.

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National Championships, Regional Tournaments, All-Star Game and Football & Cheer camps.

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AYF Celebrates its members and the youth Football community through various awards.

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Join AYF/AYC today to take advantage of all the services and support our community of over 30,000 teams offers.

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Be a part of the largest youth football & cheer community in the world.

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About us

American Youth Football (AYF) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation that provides support services, scholarships, grants, community programs and tournaments to member organizations who service over one million members in 50 states and several countries worldwide. AYF pioneered the concept of age based divisions, conference all-stars and national all-stars, enabling every child an opportunity to participate in football and cheer.


AYF members share a common belief- that is each of us can make a difference where we live and how we live. AYF and its members believe that ALL kids deserve equal opportunities, special attention and respect.

As a support services organization, AYF is non-intrusive and our philosophy allows members to govern themselves, since each member is unique and should have the flexibility to do what is best for their kids, parents, coaches, and community.

Donations to Members


Football Teams & Cheer Squads






Our Sponsors

We couldn't do what we do, without the help and support of our dedicated sponsors, partners and vendors. Please support them, so they will continue to support us.


Sports + Outdoors

Kissimmee Sports


Official Streaming & Scoring Platform of AYF


Official Football of AYF


Home of the AYF National Championships

Rebel Athletics

Official Cheerleading Uniform

Sadler Insurance

Endorsed Insurance Provider

Northwest Designs

AYF/AYC Logo Apparel


AYF recommends that each member league adopt a training program for both football and cheer. Proper training enriches the experience for players, competitors and spectators alike. AYF requires those coaches who participate in the AYF National Championship tournament to take the CDC Concussion course as well as the ASEP Football and Cheer Training courses and receive completion certificates, respectively.

AYF members are responsible for selecting and establishing the parameters for training which are to be completed by their coaches and administrative personnel. AYF suggests that players, parents and coaches review the course materials at, produced by Human Kinetics, a leader in sports training publications, also available is the book Coaching Youth Football, written by AYF president, Joe Galat. Another great resource is the NFHS free tackle coure available here.


The Team

Like on the football field or cheer squad, a team that plays together wins. We think we have the best team in youth sports.

Joe Galat

President & Founder


Craig Karahuta

Vice President Football & Cheer Operations


Tara Rachele

Cheer Commissioner

Dee Grayer

Football Comissioner







Years in Existence


Fast Support


Joining AYF is fast and easy. Register or renew your membership online to access, your one stop for resources needed to organize and run your association, conference or team. Included in membership is eligibility for 501c3 tax exempt status, and benefit from the discounts we have negotiated based on our membership of over 25,000 teams; including but not limited to insurance, equipment, uniforms, footballs, and other products and services offered by our sponsors, including access to our player registration and payment system and league administration platform and much more.


  • 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt
  • Discounted Insurance
  • Discounts on Equipment & Uniforms
  • Online Registration and League Administrator Platform
  • Forms
  • Rule Book & Ops Manual
  • Regional & National Tournament Eligibility
  • Discounts on Sponsor Offerings
Sign up


  • 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt
  • Discounted Insurance
  • Discounts on Equipment & Uniforms
  • Online Registration and League Administrator Platform
  • Forms
  • Rule Book & Ops Manual
  • Regional & National Tournament Eligibility
  • Discounts on Sponsor Offerings
Sign up

Flag & 7 on 7

  • 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt
  • Discounted Insurance
  • Discounts on Equipment & Uniforms
  • Online Registration and League Administrator Platform
  • Forms
  • Rule Book & Ops Manual
  • Regional & National Tournament Eligibility
  • Discounts on Sponsor Offerings
Sign up

Football & Cheer Education

AYF is pleased to provide the following resources to teach the basic and advanced concepts of football and cheer, including techniques and rules that will enhance your experience in participating and or coaching football or cheer programs.

NFHS Football Tackling - Free Course

Basic Information for kids & parents and Shoulder Tackle Certification for coaches

The NFHS has developed this free course, Football Tackling, with support from national football experts, including high school football coaches and administrators.

Coaching Youth Football- the Course

Presented by Human Kinetics -the leading sports education content provider.

Football and Cheer coaches are required to successfully completethis course prior to participating at AYF/AYC National Championships, and AYF/AYC recommends that every football and cheer coach nationswide do the same. The knowledge and techniques covered in the course will improve your and your participants' experience throught their football and cheer careers.

Coaching Youth Football - the Book

Available through Amazon, now in its 6th Edition

Member of the NFL Hall of Fame, and Fox Football Commentator Howie Long, calls it " a great benefit to those serious aobut learning how to coach..." AYF President, Joe Galat, former NFL, NCAA, CFL, and WFL coach, delivers the fundamentals of coaching in the sixth edition of Coaching Youth Football, published by Human Kinetics, the leader in sports education publishing. Order it now on Amazon.

Contact Us

AYF member organizations serve millions of players, parents, coaches and volunteers. We appreciate your input and want to be able to address your individual questions, to do so we ask that you contact us by email.

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AYF is a National Service Organization that does not impose or govern local issues.