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History and Legacy

The DC Gay Flag Football League (DCGFFL) started in the mid 90’s when two different groups of players began gathering for football.  The first group started playing together in 1994 at Francis Field near Dupont Circle, and the other began playing near the Washington Monument Mall in 1997.  In 1998, the groups came together and the base of DC gay flag football was set.

In 2003, the players created DC’s first traveling team, the Washington Monuments, and competed in the National Gay Super Bowl in Boston. Only expecting to win a few games in their first national tournament, the Washington Monuments WON the tournament!  A second travel team, the DC Metros, was later created.

Another milestone for DC Gay Flag Football came in 2009, when the individuals involved in DC Gay Flag Football hosted Gay Bowl X, the national gay flag football tournament. Players from all over the country came to DC to play at Carter Barron Fields.

After years of informally gathering to play flag football, the DCGFFL launched its inaugural season in the Fall of 2010 as an official league.  Seven teams were created with 102 players, ending with the Orange Crush defeating Gang Green for the first league title. This championship game represented the culmination of years of hard work to bring a quality gay flag football league to Washington.

A Thriving Community

Currently, the league fields 20 teams with approximately 270 players for a Fall and Spring season, hosts a summer tournament each year in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and supports up to 5 travel teams that participate in annual tournaments at other cities across the country.

It is only through the hard work and dedication of many men and women, both straight and gay, from the DC community, that this amazing league has become what it is today.   It is in this spirit that the DCGFFL is excited to see what the next 20 years brings for flag football in DC.

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Financial Information

The DCGFFL is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization, please email [email protected] to request a copy of IRS form 990 and latest available financial statement/annual report.

Mission

The purpose of the DCGFFL is to organize flag football games and league activities for, but not limited to, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. The DCGFFL will foster a safe, positive environment on and off the field that encourages athletic competition, camaraderie, and community for its participants.

DCGFFL will encourage and support involvement in flag football games and tournaments for all interested participants in the Washington Metropolitan Area. To meet this objective, the DCGFFL shall strive to promote recreation, inclusion, excellence, integrity, and good sporting conduct.

It is a fundamental principle of the DCGFFL that all activities, social and athletic, are conducted to be inclusive in nature.

No individual shall be excluded from participating in any of the League’s activities on the basis of sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, political beliefs, athletic ability, physical challenge, HIV status, or gender identity.

Where we play

The Fields at RFK Campus

The league plays here on select Sundays

The Fields at RFK Campus
Washington, DC 20002

Carter Barron Soccer Fields

The league plays here on most Sundays.

Carter Barron Soccer Fields
Washington, DC 20011

Brentwood Hamilton Field

The rec league plays here on Fridays. Head north along the sidewalk construction to reach the entrance.

Brentwood Hamilton Park
Washington, DC 20002

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to identify as LGBTQ+ to play?

No! We welcome all participants, allies and LBGTQ+ community members alike, and we do not ask players to self-identify.

Do I need to have flag football experience to play?

No! We welcome all levels, from brand new to veteran footballer. If you're a rookie, your captain and quarterback will work with you to learn the rules and develop your skills. If you're a football all star, you'll find a competitive atmosphere with a lot of other talented players that will challenge you to play your best.

What equipment do I need to play?

To avoid player injury from hands getting caught on pockets, players are required to wear pocketless shorts. We also strongly recommend cleats (no metal studs) and football gloves. Oh, and don't forget sunscreen and water! The DCGFFL will provide you with jerseys and flag belts. Quarterbacks must supply their own footballs.

How are teams picked?

In order to ensure equitable teams, players are drafted onto new teams every season by the team captain and quarterback. This means you get to meet and play with new people every season!

Is this more of a social or more of a competitive league?

We strive to be both! The experience is what you make of it - our players work hard and play hard. A wide range of athletic talent is coupled with a wide range of social fun. Join up and experience it yourself!