The community football directorate co-ordinates the competitive activity of community clubs and teams across Great Britain, incorporating both contact and non contact versions of the sport and including age grade competitions as well.
Collectively the competitions are branded the BAFA National Leagues.
The club football season starts in April each year and culminates in the national finals in September. ‘BritBowl’ weekend is a landmark event on the sporting calendar with the 2012 edition, BritBowl XXVI, staged at The Don Valley Stadium.
For adults (18+) there are three levels of contact football; Premier, First and Second Divisions. Each has a regular season followed by a post-season knock-out phase with the final two teams represented in the national championship game.
Adult flag (16+) is played as a five-a-side format with a similar regular season leading to the national championship game.
Junior (U19s) contact football is played in a full eleven-a-side format league season, similarly leading to the national championship game.
Youth (U17s) contact football is played in a five-a-side format, similar to flag football but with equipment and tackling as in the full game. Youth contact competition is based around a series of day tournaments where teams can play a number of short games against multiple opponents. The most successful teams through the tournament series are invited to play in the championship weekend tournament, with the final game played for the national championship.
Youth (U16s) and Cadet (U12s) flag football are similarly played in day tournaments culminating in a national championship tournament and game.
The National Leagues official website can be found at www.bafanl.co.uk