USA Football is piloting the games first long-term development program in the hopes of growing the game and catching up to other sports around the world.
The sports governing body launched its Football Development Model on Thursday, announcing six youth leagues will team up with USA Football in the hopes of attracting more young players and improving skills. The leagues will experiment with new ways to coach fundamentals in practice, aiming to hone skills while cutting down on full-speed contract that ends with players going to the ground. The FDM also will also encourage leagues to experiment with different ways to play the game, including flag football, padded flag football and modified games with smaller fields and fewer than 11 players on each team.
Were looking at football in a fresh new way, USA Football CEO Scott Hallenbeck said in an interview with The Associated Press. These leagues around the country are willing to take on this challenge with us to change the narrative and culture of the game, which is easy to say and hard to do.
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