American football really started to grow across Great Britain in the 1980s when coverage of the NFL started on Channel 4. Whilst it is still considered a relatively new sport in Great Britain, there are over 300 football teams playing both Contact and Flag Football around Great Britain.

They form part of the fabric of BAFA and many have positioned themselves at the heart of their local communities.

Establishing and maintaining a club

At BAFA we work closely with over 300 registered clubs.  This ranges from new and small to large multi-team clubs.

Being part of BAFA comes with comprehensive benefits and we will assist with you to offer the best to your individual members, help serve your community and support you to promote your club. We provide training and guidance to position all our clubs in the best place they can be.

Join or renew your membership in time for the 2021 season.

Members receive

  • Support from the army of volunteers who help run the NGB
  • Access to BAFA’s comprehensive suite of insurance
  • Access to training workshops and guidance
  • Supporting financial management
  • Listed on our club finder page
  • Assistance for your volunteers to become DBS/PGV certified
  • Access to membership and training for coaches, administrators and referees
  • Participation in one or more of BAFA managed competition:
    • Under 11 Flag
    • Under 14 Flag
    • Adult Flag
    • Under 16 Contact
    • Under 19 Contact
    • Adult Contact
    • Women’s Contact

You can take advantage of all these benefits by registering your club now.

Membership classes:

  • Club
  • Team – once your club is established, you may want to offer different levels of participation or have enough members to run more than one team. Each team is governed by membership rules that differ slightly from the master club.
  • Individual – all participating individuals must be members of BAFA.

Establishing and maintaining a league

At BAFA we work closely with several registered leagues.  This ranges from new and small to large multi team clubs.  Being part of BAFA comes with comprehensive benefits and we will assist with you to offer the best to your individual members, help serve your community and support you to promote your club.  We provide training and guidance to position all our clubs in the best place they can be.

Member leagues could be a schools league with a single school or community, a specific competition such as the newly created Forces American Football Association (FAFA) where Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force compete for a Tri Service trophy or a regular competition invitational league.

Join or Renew your membership in time for the 2021 season.

Members receive:

  • Support to help you create and maintain your league
  • Access to BAFA’s comprehensive suite of insurance
  • Access to training workshops and guidance
  • Listed on our club and league finder page
  • Provide a platform for team entry
  • Facilitate registration and collection of fees, supporting financial management
  • Check membership status
  • Check adherence to your league’s regulation

You can take advantage of all these benefits by registering your club now.