In this section you’ll find the answers to some commonly asked questions about what the NFL Academy is, how it operates and how you can get involved.
Who can attend the Academy?
Those aged 16 to 19 years old (on August 31st of each year) and eligible to study in the UK are able to apply.
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.
I’m from outside the UK. Can I attend the NFL Academy?
Yes! We currently have many students from outside the UK that attend our Academy. We can discuss individual circumstances during the application process.
When can I apply?
Recruitment for the class of 22-23 has now closed. Please register your interest to stay up to date with all things NFL Academy in future.
What information do I need to apply?
We are no longer recruiting for the class of 22-23. However, generally speaking – the more athletic film, the better. We will also require some information about your background and education.
What type of athletic film is best?
When applying, 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.
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 location, 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.
When does the school year start?
The NFL Academy follows the academic calendar of our educational partner.
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.
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 in early February.
What are the age limits?
You have to be between 16-19 years old on August 31st 2022.
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.
Alternatively, take a look at Nike’s 11-Online for drills and insights directly from the best in the game.
Although you may be too young to apply, still submit your film, so our Coaching Staff can see your talent. In the meantime you can continue to keep practicing your skills through the Nike 11-Online website.
Do I need to have any American Football experience?
No. Some of our current students have backgrounds in rugby, athletics and many other sports.
Do I need good grades to get into the Academy?
Your education is the most important thing at the Academy. All student-athletes have their grades reviewed to ensure they can be placed on the correct course.