NFL Academy

NFL Academy - FAQs

Frequently asked questions

Who can attend the trials?

The trials are for all athletes who will be aged between 16 to 18 years old (on August 31st 2019) eligible to study at Barnet and Southgate College.

American football experience is not necessary and the NFL Academy encourages applicants from a variety of sporting backgrounds.

Is there a cost to attend the trials?

No, all NFL Academy trials are free.

Can parents/guardians go to an NFL Academy trial to watch?

Yes, all parents/guardians will be allowed to watch the event from a designated viewing area only. Parents will not be allowed down on the pitch.

How long does the testing at an NFL Academy trial take?

It will be a 2-hour process from arrival to departure. Every athlete has the same experience regardless of check-in times.

Will there be football drills at the NFL Academy trials?

No. The trials will be for testing athletic ability only.

How do I get my results?

You will receive an email a few days after the event containing your official results at the event.

What do I need to bring to an NFL Academy trial?

Football boots/running shoes to run in, workout gear, your confirmation email and waivers, which can be found in the email confirmation you will receive after applying. The NFL is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. Please pack accordingly.

If it's raining will the NFL Academy trial be cancelled?

The trial will be held rain or shine. Just like a football game - only in the event of lightning will athletes be taken off the field for safety.

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

Please email nflacademy@barnetsouthgate.ac.uk with your request.

I'm from a media outlet and I'd like to come to the NFL Academy trials and finals. Do I need to pre-register to attend?

Yes, media outlets must pre-register and be pre-approved before coming to either event. Please email nfl@wearetheplaybook.com to apply.

I've read the FAQs and still need assistance - what can I do?

If you have concerns or questions regarding online registration please email nflacademy@barnetsouthgate.ac.uk 

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 running back Jay Ajayi, a Super Bowl winner with the Philadelphia Eagles; Efe Obada, a defensive end with the Carolina Panthers; offensive linemen Jermaine Eluemunor at the Baltimore Ravens; and former England rugby international Christian Wade, who has recently signed as a running back with the Buffalo Bills. 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.

Is the NFL Academy exclusive to male athletes?

At present the NFL Academy is not gender-exclusive in its trial and selection process. All eligible applicants are encouraged to register for a trial should they be interested regardless of gender, as selections to the NFL Academy will be based entirely on athletic, academic and character assessments.

In order to further extend participation and opportunities for young promising athletes in the future, the NFL Academy is examining the launch of a women’s programme two years after the project’s inaugural season in 2019. Planning for this project is currently underway and we look forward to this becoming yet another world-first in the very near future.