New PRO American Flag Football League coming to Boston

Aug 18, 2023

While it might not resemble the football typically witnessed at Gillette Stadium, it maintains a high level of professionalism.

It goes by the name AFFL, which stands for the American Flag Football League, and Boston is set to host one of its four debut professional teams.

The league’s inception occurred in 2016, but its inaugural professional season is set to commence next spring. The other three professional locations include Dallas, Texas; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Nashville, Tennessee. WCVB had conversations with the league’s CEO and the incoming head coach for the Boston team, inquiring about what would pique fans’ interest in professional flag football and what the team would contribute to Massachusetts.

“In professional flag football, you can expect to witness heightened athleticism, as our players are aware they won’t be subjected to physical tackles, enabling them to attempt various innovative maneuvers. This aspect adds more excitement to flag football compared to traditional football,” remarked head coach Matt Bailey. “Considering the rich history of Boston sports, the presence of a flag football program only seems fitting.”

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“I believe there is a space for us in this market and that we can, you know, demonstrate aid to the community that was a community partner. We will care about the community, and hopefully, the community will care about us,” CEO Brian Michael Cooper said. “I think they will come out and see a wonderful product.”

The league is hosting two days of open tryouts at Union Point Sports Complex this weekend, offering aspiring players an opportunity to compete at the professional level.

The official name of the Boston franchise remains undisclosed.