One of the bright spots for football has gone unnoticed amid all the talk of declining participation numbers and parents’ concerns about brain injuries. Flag football is booming.
Between 2014 and 2015, participation in flag football increased 8.7 percent among kids between ages 6 and 14. That increase exceeded any other sport, making flag football the fastest growing youth sport. Compare it to tackle football, which only saw an increase of 1.9 percent among kids 6 to 14.
If you step back and look at tackle football statistics between 2010 and 2015, though, youth tackle football participation dropped 27.7 percent – from 3 million kids to 2.169 million.