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National Capital Amateur Football Association
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NCAFA Flag Football

Bell Warriors Flag Football Skills Sessions, Open to all!

South Carleton High School

Sunday November 12, Sunday November 19, Sunday November 26, Sunday December 17

more sessions will be added January - March

South Carleton High School

Sunday November 12, Sunday November 19, Sunday November 26, Sunday December 17

9-10:30 Boys all ages and girls 2015 and younger (2 gyms booked)

10:30-12 Girls 2014 and older. 

Quarterback training in both sessions.  

Sign up for each day will be below.

Attendance will be taken and there will be a $5 per hour requested contribution at the end of the sessions. Most of this money will go to paying youth coaches. The rest will offset rental costs. 

contact with any questions

Team Ontario Flag Coaches Wanted

Football Ontario would like to remind you that applications for one of the organization's 8 Team Ontario Flag Program HC/GM positions are due this Friday, October 20th, 2023!

To learn more about what the positions entail, please see the below job postings. 

Team Ontario Male Flag Program

Team Ontario Female Flag Program

If you have any questions about any of the positions or would like to submit your application, please reach out to Emily Todd at


NFL FLAG CANADA Ottawa Flag Football Tournament

Click here to learn about the NFL Canada Flag Football tournaments across Canada (Open U12 only this year).

There is a tournament in Ottawa on July 15 at Algonquin College. 

Click here to register.

Here is a link to the NFL Flag rulebook. Similar in many ways to Football Canada rulebook.



Player, Parent Message about Referees

Flag football is a new game to Ottawa. Every player, coach and referee is getting used to this game. We have many experienced refs and a bunch of new younger refs. We have worked hard in training these new refs but this is not a 2 week process. From my experience as a coach, Bell Warrior administrator and director of the NCAFA Flag Football league I can state with great confidence that the referees know the rules better than most coaches, players and parents in terms of being able to call a game. They are by no means perfect. They are learning and growing each week with more flag football refereeing experience. Another factor is that we only have 1 ref per field. This makes for a very challenging referee situation. I hope to have more 2 referee games. With the energy ramping up each week I would like to set some guidelines for referee interactions over the next few weeks. 

1. Talk respectfully to the referee. 

2. Choose an appropriate time to talk to the referee.

3. Respect the referee's decision. 

If players and coaches do not follow the above guidelines I have instructed the referees to issue warnings, penalties and / or ejections at their discretion depending on the incident.  

Please talk to your son or daughter about respectful interactions between players and referees. 

Please remember that parent behaviour can also influence the behaviour of the players. It is instinctive to react to referee calls that you don't agree with especially as the intensity of competition increases. However intense and prolonged outbursts are hurtful and intimidating to our referees and affect the enjoyment of the game for everyone. Refereeing is a very difficult job and we need to promote the work they do, not tear them down. 


Rodney Moors

NCAFA VP (Flag Football)

NCAFA Flag Football at TD Place

The Ottawa REDBLACKS, in partnership with NCAFA will be hosting two flag football tournaments on the field at TD Place on June 8th & June 11th!

Thursday June 8th will be a strictly girls tournament from 5pm – 9pm.

Sunday June 11th will be a co-ed/boys tournament from 11am-5pm.

For both tournaments, the registration cost will be $35/person and each team will be playing 2 games! The girls tournament will be limited to 16 teams and the boys tournament will be 24 teams on a first come first serve basis (and having an opponent in the same age group).

Also included in your registration fee will be a ticket to the REDBLACKS game on June 30th!!

To confirm your team’s interest in participating in this event, please contact Brodie Gagnon at Don’t wait, get your spot confirmed now!

For those who aren’t able to participate in our flag tournaments, we would still love for you all to come out to celebrate a great season of NCAFA flag football on June 30th as the REDBLACKS take on the Edmonton Elks! The REDBLACKS are elated to host the year end party for anyone associated with NCAFA Flag Football. Players attending the game will be invited to take part in experiences before the game. Please contact Brodie at 613-232-6767 x 8407 or to secure your tickets!

RedBlacks NCAFA Flag Football Day, May 6

NCAFA is holding a flag football event from 11 am - 1 pm at Minto Field (Nepean Sportsplex). Come out and meet some Ottawa RedBlacks. Take part in some on field football activities. Watch some of Ottawa's top flag football players play in an exhibition game.  See you there. 

FREE U19 Midget Boys Flag Football

NCAFA is looking for boys born 2005, 2006 and 2007 to try our free flag football league. This will be an open league to players from all over the city (no clubs are offering U19 boys programs). Come out on Sunday  May 7 and 14 ,  1 - 3 pm at the Nepean Sportsplex for introductory flag football sessions. Flags and mouthguards will be provided. At these sessions the rules will be explained and team formation  and practice will take place. Game play will take place on Sunday May 27 in the early afternoon at a field to be determined and will continue until Sunday June 18. Teams will have the choice of playing one or two games on each Sunday.  Sign up for this league by emailing 

NCAFA Flag Football Tournament

NCAFA is holding its first ever flag football tournament on May 20, 21 in Gatineau. See below for location of game fields. Our tournament will offer Open divisions of U10, U12, U14, U16 and girls divisions of GU12, GU14, GU16 and GU20. There is a 4 game guarantee but most teams should expect 5 games. As this is our first time running the tournament and we don't know with any certainty the turnout we are going to be creative with the fees. At this time the fees are as follows: U10 $175, U12 and above $200. This fee assumes one ref per game. The U10 fee will not change. Our goal is two have 2 refs per game in older divisions and higher tiers. This will lead to a surcharge as the situation becomes clearer in each tier and division.  The registration process begins with an email to with an indication of intent to enter a certain division and team strength (rank your team's strength on a scale of three. 1 is strong, 2 is medium and 3 is weak). Updates will be provided on the number of entries in each division. At the end of April we will quickly transition to confirming entries and accepting fee payments. We look forward to seeing you at our tournament. All participants must be Football Ontario members. 

Symmes Junior & D'Arcy McGee High Schools, 925 boul. du Plateau, Gatineau (QC) 

Ecoles Secondaire Grande Rivieres, 100 rue Broad, Gatineau, (QC)

Complex Sportif de Mont-Bleu, 395 Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes, Gatineau (QC)


2023 Flag Football Tournaments

Exciting news, three flag football tournaments announced for Ontario.

April 15, 16 Burlington

May 20, 21 Ottawa

July 8, 9 St. Catherines

The tournaments will, at a minimum, offer U12, U14, U16 boys and girls divisions. Each tournament will potentially offer U10, U18, and U20 divisions. More details to follow, stay tuned. 

2023 Ontario Flag Football Championships

The Ontario Flag Football championship will take place June 3, 4 in Georgetown. This championship is more of a competitive opportunity for very keen and able players. NCAFA will have a role in helping form Ottawa teams in open and female divisions (U14, U16, U18, U20 and Senior). 

2023 NCAFA Flag Football Information

The 2023 NCAFA Flag Football season will commence Saturday May 27 and will conclude Sunday June 25. The open division will plays its games on Saturday while the girls division will play its games on Sunday. . 

Our past season saw the addition of boys (open) divisions to our girls program. Clubs formed 108 teams and there were more than 1300 participants. Clubs generally begin registration early in the new year. Introduction and skill development can begin with winter opportunities but all clubs really get things going in late April or early May. See below for club contact information. 

NCAFA Flag Football Club Contacts

Club Open Girls Contacts
West Carleton Open: U10, U12, U14, U16 Girls: U12, U14, U16, U20 Open:
Kanata Open: U10 Girls: U12, U14, U16, U20 Open:
Bell Open: U8, U10, U12, U14, U19 Girls: U12, U14, U16, U20 Open:
Bel-Air Open: U10, U12, U14, U16, U19 Open:
Nepean Open: U8, U10, U12, U14, Girls: U12, U14, U16, U20 Open:
Gloucester South Open: U10, U12, U14, U16, U19 Open:
Ottawa South Open:U10, U12, U14, U16 Open:
Cumberland Open: U8, U10, U12, U14 Girls: U12, U14, U16, U20 Open:
Gatineau Open: U10, U12, U14, U16
Kemptville Open: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16

Message from NCAFA VP of Non-Contact to players, coaches and parents.

Hello everyone. Here we go with an exciting 2022 flag football season. I am really looking forward to it as well as being nervous about what we are trying to achieve. 

First some important reminders.

We are playing the Football Canada flag rulebook. We are using the U16 and younger variation which means we are all playing the shorter field and no forward handoffs or passes that don't cross the line of scrimmage. U10 starts play with ball in qb hand. At U16 and above coaches aren't allowed on the field (they could have huddles at the sideline if the team hustled back and forth). 

So here is a status report of what is happening. 

Fantastic turnout. 110 teams. Incredible. Big challenges ahead because of it. 

Schedule is bigger than anything we have ever made. It is important you look at field layout maps on this page. 

Getting everyone to the correct field will be a challenge.  Coaches keep letting me know of scheduling issues. Your coordinators have the link to schedule master spreadsheet. 

I will be telling you about the final weekend schedule June 24 and June 26 soon. Both dates have playoff games, one game on Friday two games on Sunday just like all of our regular season games. 

To understand the game better read the condensed rules on this page and then move on to the full rulebook on this page. 

This year is very challenging as we really begin learning a new game (players, coaches, parents and refs). It is going to take 2-4 years to really get this going. We all have to be patient with each other so that we can move together to achieving a great league that provides players with a great chance to participate and excel in the great game of football. 

Our need for refs is very large. About 20 per Friday or Sunday (not including U10 games). Previously it was about 14. Covid has decreased the number of officials participating. I have recruited a number of female high school touch football players to work U10 games and as they progress some older divisions. Please be patient with them. They will get better and better every week. 

The recent storm has not helped the ref situation. More than a few are without power and have difficulty returning messages or getting web access to accept games. It has come to light that some would love to ref but are a bit reluctant because they are new to the flag game. At the end of the day I am working non-stop to have refs for every game but I don't know what is exactly going to happen in this regard. If you don't have any refs it is expected that coaches will provide the reffing. I have tried to schedule a number of interclub games on Friday, I hope this helps the coach reffing if this has to occur. 

The enjoyment and healthy activity that I see every week at practices gets me very excited about this great expansion of youth flag football. We have already begun to see the better provincial and national opportunities as two Ottawa girls teams (U16 and U18) recently won the provincials and are attending Nationals in PEI in August. 

Flag football is a wonderful game to learn how to run, catch, throw and think! No game combines as many fundamental movements as flag football. 

Exiting covid, a damaging storm and incredible league growth will challenge us this year.  Understanding and patience will get us through it.  My hope is that each week our league gets better and better, culminating in a fantastic championship weekend. 

Thanks for your time. 

Rod Moors (NCAFA VP (Flag Football))

2022 Senior National Flag Football Championships in Ottawa

The 2022 Senior National Flag Football championships for men and women will take play in Ottawa at Carleton University from Friday August 5 - Sunday August 7. 

Teams from across Canada will battle it out for national supremacy and the opportunity to represent Canada in international competitions (2023). 

Carleton University is a great venue to hold this competition with its 2 turf fields. Game play will run from 11 am - 11 pm on the first two days and from 9 am - 3 pm on Sunday. 

NCAFA, Football Ontario and Football Canada are looking for youth and adult volunteers to help run the tournament. Adults can help administer the gate, supervise youth volunteers , field setup, and general assistance. The main area for youth to volunteer is scoring and timing the games. Two players per game is desirable and we have 2-4 games running at the same time. 

Please email if you are interested in helping out. Youth volunteers would sign up for 2-4 hr time slots while adults would sign up for 2-6 hr time slots. 

Redblacks NCAFA Flag Events


Monday Night NCAFA Flag Football at TD Place 

Monday Night Football is coming to TD Place. Join us on Monday June 6th for an opportunity like no other. You and your team are able to register for the NCAFA Flag football event happening from 6-10pm. Teams will have the chance to play one of their flag football games on the same field as the REDBLACKS. On top of this, every player participating in the event will get a ticket to the REDBLACKS game on June 30th! Registration is $35 per player. Contact your coach or club to express interest in having your team participate. 


NCAFA Flag Football Night at TD Place on Thursday June 30
Come out to celebrate a great season of NCAFA flag football on June 30 as the RedBlacks take on the BC Lions. The RedBlacks are elated to host the year end party for anyone associated with NCAFA Flag Football. Depending on sales players attending the game will be invited to take part in experiences before the game and at half time. Please contact Mitch Schnitzler @ 613-696-9994 or to get your team  or club set up with tickets. Attendees will be receiving NCAFA discount prices. 

Volunteers Needed See Below

Volunteers needed to help with the tournament. Scores, statisticians and general helpers. Please email (NCAFA VP non-contact) to apply or learn more about these volunteer positions. This is a great way to get involved and see the action and great players up close. 

National Women's Football Weekend

Come out and watch two great aspects of women's football. The first ever women's intercollegiate flag football championship and the National Women's tackle football tryout. All of the action is at Carleton University. 

NCAFA Flag Football Program

NCAFA - Changing the way we play Non-Contact

Monday January 25, 2021

(OTTAWA) – The National Capital Amateur Football Association (NCAFA) is excited to announce changes to their non-contact programs offered throughout the National Capital region. Building on the great success of its girls touch football program, NCAFA will be transitioning to now offer flag football to both Girls and Boys (ages 8 - 21).  This transition to flag football will provide a new and better opportunity for girls who participate in the non-contact program.  The introduction of the boys flag football program is a wonderful development to the programs offered by NCAFA. Keep your eye on for further updates.

The season is scheduled to run from May through the end of June 2021, while continuing to follow provincial and municipal directives associated with COVID-19.  The safety of players, coaches, referees and families remains paramount while seeking innovative solutions so our valuable sports programs can endure and thrive.

“ the introduction of  flag football programs for both girls and boys within our participating clubs is a great opportunity for kids to get on the field and experience a great sport.  Whether it be tackle or flag or both, NCAFA has a goal to make sure that every child interested in football has a chance to experience it  - no matter what and we look forward to making this a reality with the continued support of the OSEG Foundation.” said Gawain Harding, President - NCAFA.  

 Through NCAFA's continued partnership with the OSEG Foundation, “Our huddle includes everyone” remains a mission at the forefront of our objectives  to ensure that all players have the opportunity on the play either contact or non-contact football on the field, with the aim to build not only essential football skills but also develop life skills and friendships for years to come.  The league encourages sportsmanship on and off the field, and provides fun and exciting competition while promoting a healthy, active lifestyle for Ottawa youth.  

National Capital Amateur Football Association (NCAFA) - A 66 year old league and counting, NCAFA is the oldest and largest youth football  league in the Ontario Football Alliance. With over 2200 players from Ottawa and the surrounding areas, NCAFA is one of the most inclusive leagues, providing opportunities to kids from the ages of 8 - 21 to learn the game of football in all formats (contact and non-contact).

OSEG Foundation – The OSEG Foundation goal is to ensure all children and youth in our community have the opportunity to play, learn and develop through sports.  At the OSEG Foundation, we believe that by sharing our passion for sports through structured youth development programs, kids will have an opportunity to excel and reach their full potential.  The OSEG Foundation will be a catalyst for social change by leveraging the power of sport to improve the lives of children and youth.

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Become a Referee, Great Experience, Great Pay, Be a Leader in Sport

The National Capital Official Association is looking for referees. Apprentice referees earn $20 per hour. Full referees earn $30 per hour. An apprentice can quickly become a full referee through some rules study and learning how to communicate with players and coaches properly. New referees begin reffing at the younger age groups and work up to older divisions.  Contact to indicate your interest in becoming a referee. 

Canadian Tire Jumpstart

Individual Child Grant system. With this grant athletes aged 4-18 that are faced with a financial barrier to play will be eligible to receive a grant for up to 300$ per activity and 600$ per year.

Football Canada National Championships videos

This link takes you to the video playlists of Football Canada. Check out any of them that have flag in the playlist title.

Flag Football videos

Looking for flag football videos? This Panamanian site has many videos (male and female). Scroll way down to the bottom and there are many world championship videos which are great. One could also search "mundial flag football" to find them as well.


KidSport™ is a grass roots Canadian non-profit organization that provides support to under-resourced children and youth 18 years of age and under across the country by removing financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport.

NCAFA Flag Football Contact Info

Scroll down the page to find the table with all flag football contact information for clubs offering flag football. 

CanadianTire Jumpstart

Raising funds. Lifting spirits. Supporting dreams. Jumpstart is more than just about getting kids active. It’s about giving kids from families in financial need the same chance to participate as their neighbours, their classmates and their friends. Whether it’s the chance to try a new sport or to continue with a favourite one, no kid should be left out. Organized sports connect kids to their communities. Canadian Tire Corporation is Jumpstart’s biggest supporter as it funds all the general administrative expenses of Jumpstart, which means 100% of customer donations go directly to help kids in need.