USA Football has introduced the sport's first long-term athlete development model. The Football Player Development Model is now available nationwide after a pilot program last year in six organizations across the country. The six-pillar Football Development Model is based on the U.S. Olympic Committee’s American Development Model. The initiative helps emphasize the importance and value of teaching proper fundamentals in a way that is positive, fun and engaging. More than 5,000 organizations have enrolled or sought information since the model was introduced in February. USA Football serves about 9,000 school-based and youth programs with its nationally endorsed coaching education and playing standards programs.

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