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Welcome Letter


Welcome to the Champion Youth Football League!


The CYFL was started with the purpose of providing youth in the Springfield area with a safe playing environment, quality equipment and trained, certified coaches.  The CYFL strives to teach each player the fundamentals of football, sportsmanship, self esteem, teamwork and leadership in a confidence building atmosphere of positive reinforcement. 

The Champion Youth Football League's goal is to raise the level of play in and around the Springfield area.  Our quality youth football program created by USA Football and endorsed by the NFL, strives to prepare the young athlete for middle school, high school and college programs and beyond.  Our program is for those players ages 6 years old to 11 years old that want to learn and play the game at the next level.

The CYFL has five divisions of Tackle and Cheer

The CYFL Tackle Football League divisions are: 

  • Freshman Division is for 7 & 8 year olds with a ball carrier weight limit of 90 lbs. 
  • Junior Varsity Division is for 8 & 9 year olds with a ball carrier weight limit of 105 lbs. 
  • Varsity Division is for 9 & 10 year olds with a ball carrier weight limit of 120 lbs. 
  • Pro Division is for 10 & 11 year olds with no ball carrier limit. 

By determining division eligibility by age and not grade, it ensures that your child will be playing against kids of the same age during this early time in their football skill development.   Eligibility is determined by a child's age as of July 1st of the current year.  However, if a child will be enrolled in the 7th grade during the current season, they will not be eligible to play in the CYFL due to conflicts with Middle School fall football programs. We also provide our players and families the opportunity to develop tenure with a single team, eliminating the need to start over each season with a new coach and a new team.  We provide our coaches the opportunity to register entire teams, build teams, or pick up a few players if needed from our draft.

In 2013, USA Football, Football's National Governing Body, introduced the Heads Up Football Program which is a comprehensive approach for a better, safer game, with an emphasis on safety.  The NFL is changing the way the game is played and USA Football is leading the way by making the same changes in youth football by training coaches, parents and players on a safer way to play.  The CYFL supports and is fully implementing the "Heads Up Program" which emphasizes safety by teaching the proper tackling and blocking techniques as well as limiting full contact at practices to reduce the chance for injury.

In addition to implementing USA Football's Heads Up Football Program, the CYFL takes the following safety precautions:

  • All coaches must go through the screening process, including a background check.  They are also required to complete and pass USA Football's online training and certification courses as well as attend a CYFL Safety Clinic led by CYFL's USA Football trained Safety Officer.  
  • CYFL utilizes adult MSHSAA Certified Officials refereeing each game.  They will enforce the rules of the game as well as make sure all coaches and players are following CYFL's Code of Conduct.
  • CYFL has a licensed EMT on the sidelines of every game.  The EMT walks with the line of scrimmage, observing the game, and is ready to assist any players as needed.
  • At least one CYFL Official is on the sidelines during every game.
  • All games are played at High School Football Stadiums in Springfield, MO on crumb-rubber synthetic turf fields.

The CYFL is bringing a better and safer youth football program to the Springfield area. Our coaches are screened and certified.  The CYFL season consists of regular season games with playoffs and a championship game in each division.

Another exciting change to the CYFL in 2015 included the addition of Cheer!  This allows young children the opportunity to learn fundamental cheer skills and to perform during the football games.  All participants will lead the cheers from the track beside the football field.

The CYFL Cheer divisions are

  • Cheer is for 5-11 year olds 

Cheer eligibility will be determined by a child's age as of July 1st of the current year.

We appreciate everyone who has joined us since our inaugural season in 2013.  We are looking forward to seeing all those returning and welcome those who are joining us for the first time this year.  Season 4 of the CYFL is shaping up to be another exciting one!

Welcome to the CYFL. 


What are the fees for participating in the Champion Youth Football League

  • Cheer--$30
  • Tackle Football League (all four divisions)--$100


  • Leading Cheers on track at Springfield High School Football Fields for Regular Season Games and Potentially Two Post Season Games
  • Screened Coaches
  • NO FUNDRAISING Requirements for Parents and Cheerleaders
  • General Liability and Accident/Health Insurance Covering Practices and Games at Sanctioned Locations Only

Tackle Football

  • USA Football Membership Which Includes Access to USA Football Parent and Player Website (full of tools and resources to assist with skill development and safety education)
  • Five Regular Season Games Played on Springfield High School Football Fields  
  • Play Off Game for Top Four Teams in Each Division
  • Championship Game in Every Divison
  • Screened, Trained, and Certified Coaches
  • Opportunity to Stay With the Same Coach and Team Every Season
  • NO FUNDRAISING Requirements for Parents and Players
  • Play for a League That is Preparing Your Child for the Next Level
  • Access to Team Pages Which Allows Your Coach to Stay Connected to his Team.
  • General Liability and Accidental Health Insurance Covering Practices and Games at Sanctioned Locations Only

How do I register?

  • Register online under Register online now.

What age can play?

  • The CYFL Tackle Football League is a league for ages 7-11 years as of July 1 of the current season.
  • The CYFL Cheer League is for ages 2-11 years as of July 1 of the current season.

Is the CYFL an Instructional Football League or Competitive League?

  • The CYFL is both instructional and competive.  With a goal of learning and developing, and a desire to win, your player will excel in the CYFL program.

My child doesn't have a team, what do I do?

  • You can register as a FREE AGENT.  The CYFL will post tryouts from all the teams on our facebook.  Attend as many tryouts and pick the team that best fits your family.

I have a team and want to coach, what do I do? For the 2017 season you will need to email us to see if spots are open.

  • Register online as a coach and have your team register online.  Attend the coaches meeting in the summer (date, time, and location TBD). .

What are your divisions?

The CYFL Tackle League has 4 Divisions:

  • Freshman 7 & 8 years
  • JR Varisity 8 & 9 years
  • Varsity 9 & 10 years
  • Veteran 10 & 11 years

The CYFL Cheer League has 2 Divisions

  • Cheer 2-11 years

What Equipment will I need to buy for my child?

Cheer and Jr. Cheer---all items 

Tackle Football--all equipment and uniform are the provided by the PARENT of the player.

Equipment  will be inspected and must pass CYFL safety certification.

Contact Us


Springfield, Missouri 65807

Email: [email protected]


Springfield, Missouri 65807

Email: [email protected]
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