NFL Celebrates USA Football Month with Launch of USA Football’s Heads Up Football Initiative

USA Football introduces Heads Up Football with launch of Player Safety Coach pilot program to promote a better, safer game on youth levels

For the fourth consecutive year, the NFL and its 32 teams recognize USA Football as the sport’s expert in youth player development and coaching education, highlighted this year by the launch of Heads Up Football, which emphasizes a smarter and safer way to play and teach youth football, including proper tackling and taking the head out of the game.   

Heads Up Football information, including how to teach proper tackling skills to youth players, is available at no cost at

USA Football Month will be promoted and celebrated leaguewide throughout the NFL’s preseason as youth football leagues across the country return to play.

Indianapolis-based USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its teams and the NFL Players Association. The NFL will promote USA Football’s Heads Up Football program during nationally televised preseason games, through in-stadium banners and field stencils and digitally on team websites.

Funded by the NFL, Heads Up Football incorporates USA Football’s nationally accredited online coaching education program. USA Football has trained more than 80,000 volunteer youth coaches since 2007. Its curriculum covers football’s fundamentals and player safety content, including concussion awareness and management protocols, player hydration and proper equipment fitting. USA Football has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to promote safer play since 2007.

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