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General Overview

The Northern Virginia youth football season usually starts the first Monday of August and runs until the last Saturday in October. If your team qualifies, there is a two-week playoff that ends on that second Saturday of November.

Any child between the ages of 7 and 15 (on October 1st) who reside or attend school in Arlington County is eligible to play for the Admirals

FCYFL rules guarantee that every player will start and play the entire game on offense or defense, only substituted for an injury. When 11-players on one side of the ball play at a time, that means that our teams within a division are capped at 22 players. Generally, we prefer to field two teams of 15 or 16 instead being near the cap. That allows more players the opportunity to play both offense and defense.

Within the Division, the League subdivides the group into three conferences – American, Central, and National. Generally speaking, American is the most competitive and National the least with Central falling somewhere in between.


Pre-season is a busy time for our football players and of critical importance towards the individual success of the player and the overall success of the team. Unlike basketball, soccer or baseball, football is not a free-flowing game where players react to one player with the ball. It is a complex team game, where all 11 players may do something completely different depending upon the play call. If just one player fails to do their job, the whole team fails. Preseason is the time where players not only learn the fundamentals but the large amount of “academics” required to play offense and defense. Every player knowing their ASK-A (Alignment, Stance, Key - Assignment) is a critical safety component as well.

Our experience is that the more practices missed during the preseason, the less likely that team will be successful against other clubs. Practices are 5-nights a week in the month of August and our coaches will tell you that it doesn’t feel like enough time to install everything they need to increase the likelihood of a successful season.

Also every player is required to attend one "weigh-in" at Falls Church High School held on the first three Saturdays of August. The official weight allows the league to be officially enrolled each player in the appropriate weight class. Players can only weigh-in if they have an official Virginia DMV issued “Child ID” and there are no exceptions. Anyone missing the first weigh-in is required to pay a $20 fee before weighing-in at weigh-in #2 or #3.

Regular Season

Once school begins, we gear down to the regular season schedule. Teams are limited to four football “events” per week (normally 3 practices and 1 game). This includes required team-meetings or film sessions. Because we are not affiliated with Arlington County Parks and Rec, our practice schedule is always in flux and can be changed within 24 hours of a scheduled event.

We normally play our first official game 2 weeks after Labor Day. The weekend after Labor Day we participate in the annual “9-11 Bowl” with Alexandria at Martin Luther King Middle School in Alexandria. Every Saturday (and sometimes Sundays for the older teams) for the next 7 weeks you can expect to play an official league game.

Games are played on official football fields and refereed by the same officials who referee local High School games. Sometimes because of referee or field scheduling problems, a team will be scheduled to play a weekday game under the lights. 90% of teams will play on the Saturday of Columbus Day Weekend and we ask for families to plan ahead.


The top teams in each division will play in a two-week playoff bracket. In leagues where more than 4 teams make the playoffs, a mid-week “play-in” game will be scheduled..

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