One of the fastest growing types of football leagues are a variation of the game you played back in elementary school -- flag football. Leagues are set up through your city recreation department or even through national organizations that have affiliates in your city. And here's the great thing -- you can choose the league that best suits your skill level. Whether you're the ultra-competitive type that doesn't mind a little pushing and shoving or you're someone who just wants to have a little fun, there's a level suited for you.
Flag football leagues may be broken up into sections, depending on what level or team size interests you. You can join a team that ranges from four to eight players and will vary in terms of competitiveness. Want a fast game involving some contact? Try a four-person A-level league. Interested in more strategy and less pushing? Try an eight-person team at D level. Coed leagues are also available in many regions of the country and tend to focus on people who enjoy the social and health benefits of playing rather than aspiring to become a champion or elite athlete [source: Georgia Sports League].
But let's say you're super aggressive and eager to display your skills on the gridiron. Flag football, while fun, just doesn't do service to the rough-and-tumble game you're familiar with. If that's the case, you might consider checking out a semipro league. Semipro football teams play in full pads, and they take part in the traditional, full contact variety of the game. Tryouts determine who makes the squad and even if you earn a spot on the roster, you won't likely get paid. But you'll be able to keep playing the game you love [source: Gridiron Development Football League]. Who knows, maybe you'll impress an NFL scout and get a chance at the big time.
Once you've decided which league is right for you, it's time to find the right place to play. Run a post pattern to the next page to learn more.