Youth Football’s Biggest Event

A one-of-a-kind national tournament celebrating and promoting youth football.

Youth Football’s Biggest Event

A one-of-a-kind national tournament celebrating and promoting youth football.

Youth Football’s Biggest Event

A one-of-a-kind national tournament
celebrating and promoting youth football.

The FBU National Championship tournament celebrates and promotes youth football through uniting all-star athletes of all backgrounds from across the United States in a true, one-of-a-kind national tournament. The only national football tournament of its kind, the annual FBU National Championship crowns a national champion from brackets in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th.

The FBU National Championship provides the best representation of talent from all across the country, and the Path To Naples showcases the very top of the talent pool each year in what has become the best glimpse into the next generation of elite football prospects.

Already the biggest event in youth football, Football University’s national tournament continues to grow.Naples Daily News

The FBU National Championship tournament celebrates and promotes youth football through uniting all-star athletes of all backgrounds from across the United States in a true, one-of-a-kind national tournament. The only national football tournament of its kind, the annual FBU National Championship crowns a national champion from brackets in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th.

The FBU National Championship provides the best representation of talent from all across the country, and the Path To Naples showcases the very top of the talent pool each year in what has become the best glimpse into the next generation of elite football prospects.

Already the biggest event in youth football, Football University’s national tournament continues to grow.Naples Daily News

The FBU National Championship tournament celebrates and promotes youth football through uniting all-star athletes of all backgrounds from across the United States in a true, one-of-a-kind national tournament. The only national football tournament of its kind, the annual FBU National Championship crowns a national champion from brackets in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th.

The FBU National Championship provides the best representation of talent from all across the country, and the Path To Naples showcases the very top of the talent pool each year in what has become the best glimpse into the next generation of elite football prospects.

Already the biggest event in youth football, Football University’s national tournament continues to grow.Naples Daily News

What do our athletes get?

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What do our athletes get?

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What do our athletes get?

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TRYOUTS

Your tournament path begins at your nearest tryout.

In most areas multiple tryouts are held in order to determine the very best and most competitive selection of players.

BRACKETS

The bracket selection show is filmed and released to the nation at the beginning of the fall.

Matchups are selected randomly and the show is filmed in front of a live television audience.

PATH TO NAPLES

Super regionals kick off the tournament at locations across the U.S.

Regional champions punch their tickets to Championship Week in beautiful Naples, Florida for the chance to win a ring.

CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK

Quarterfinal, semifinal, and final rounds take place during Championship Week in Naples.

But there’s more than football – Naples, and its Paradise Coast, is the perfect host for off-field family fun in winter sun.

TOURNAMENT REGULATIONS

Athletes can be associated with any youth football organization – whether private, regional or national (Pop Warner, AYF, AAU, UYFL, etc.).

There are no wight restrictions.

Eligible football players must be in either grade 6, 7, or 8 during the fall of the school year during the current duration of the National Championship tournament in question. To verify, a signed report card (or standard equivalent) must be provided during team registration prior to round one.

6th-graders can not turn 13 years-old before August 1 of the current tournament year.

7th-graders can not turn 14 years-old before August 1 of the current tournament year.

8th-graders can not turn 15 years-old before August 1 of the current tournament year.

The FBU National Championship tournament and its teams and brackets are age and grade-based. Tournament player qualification rules are set and establish the equality of play for all athletes.

Safety of the athletes that participate in our tournament is paramount above and beyond all else: the age and grade qualifications ensure a level playing field and is meant to reduce the risk of injury.

Unfortunately, these age and grade regulations will exclude a small number of players. That said, improving the safety and age equality of the National Championship tournament can not be overlooked and executing an excellent event for all involved is our main priority.

View the official National Championship Game Rules document.

The FBU National Championship tournament adheres to the National High School Federation football rules, which can be found here.

Only Wilson-branded TDJ or higher for 6th and 7th-grade games.

Only Wilson-branded TDY or higher for 8th-grade games.

Teams are required to play with the above football regulations in every round of the FBU National Championship tournament, with no exceptions.

Failure to adhere to this rule will result in a team monetary penalty for a rule violation.

Teams are encouraged to bring their own balls for tournament play. FBU will provide ONE Wilson TDJ ball and one Wilson TDY game ball at each game.

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