Frequently asked questions

Who can attend the Academy?

Those aged 16 to 18 years old (on August 31st of each year) and eligible to study at Barnet and Southgate College are able to apply. Please register your interest at American football experience is not necessary, and the NFL Academy encourages applicants from a variety of sporting backgrounds. The NFL Academy is seeking student-athletes interested in developing their educational, athletic and character potential using American Football.

When can I apply?

Applications are now being received and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Based on the review by our coaches, educators and staff, the Academy will be contacting applicants directly about future interviews and process. Applications will be accepted through June of 2020.

I would like to volunteer as a coach or event helper. Where can I sign up?

Please contact if you wish to volunteer.

I read the FAQs and still need assistance. What can I do?

Any questions regarding the Academy or online application, please email Barnet and Southgate College.

What is the NFL?

The NFL is the number one professional sports league in the United States, eclipsing all other sports in terms of popularity and TV viewing figures. The league's 32 teams compete to win the Super Bowl, the finale of the season, which attracts around 160 million viewers in the US alone.

Are there any British players in the NFL?

There are a growing number of British players on NFL rosters. They include Efe Obada, a defensive end with the Carolina Panthers; defensive lineman Jack Crawford of the Tennessee Titans; offensive linemen Jermaine Eluemunor at the New England Patriots; tight end Christian Scotland-Williamson at the Pittsburgh Steelers and former England rugby international Christian Wade, who signed as a running back with the Buffalo Bills. London-born running back Jay Ajayi won Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2017 season. Osi Umenyiora, a two-time Super Bowl winner with the New York Giants and award-winning pundit on the BBC's NFL coverage, was also born in north London.

Can you see the NFL on UK television?

Sky Sports shows in excess of 100 live NFL games every season, including all playoff games and Super Bowl. BBC TV airs two weekly highlights shows, one on Tuesday nights and one after Match of the Day on Saturdays.

When does the NFL season run?

The NFL season kicks off in early September (with preseason games played during August). The playoffs run throughout January, with Super Bowl played on the first Sunday of February.

What type of athletic film is best?

American Football game film is preferred, but not required. Any athletic tape that shows us your speed, athleticism, power / explosiveness and agility is useful for helping us learn about your abilities. If you need to capture new footage please make sure you are compliant with government guidelines on social distancing. American Football is open to all levels of abilities and every different body type.

Does the NFL Academy offer scholarships?

The NFL Academy is open to all applicants, regardless of background or economic situation. If you’re interested in applying, please don’t let your financial situation prevent you from doing so. We will discuss individual situations privately and respectfully with each family when necessary.

I'm from outside London or outside the UK. Can I attend the NFL Academy?

Yes! We currently have many students from outside London that attend our Academy, as well as multiple international students. We can discuss our home stay program with interested families individually. However, at present, we are only able to accept students from European countries.

When does the school year start?

The NFL Academy follows the academic calendar of our educational partner, Barnet and Southgate College. Current plans coincide with the start of the 2020/21 academic year during the week commencing September 7th.

I'm not old enough to apply to the NFL Academy. How can I practice and play American Football?

Please visit the NFL Flag website to sign up and receive information about flag football in your local area.

What information do I need to apply?

The full list of suggested information can be found in the link the online registration here. Generally speaking, the more athletic film, the better. But don’t let one piece of information or a lack of formal football film stop you from applying! We’ll be promoting different ways to showcase your athleticism in the coming weeks. Be creative to (safely) show us what you’ve got and why you’re a good fit for our team. When capturing film please make sure you are compliant with government guidelines on social distancing.

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