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The Ozarks Football League is and shall remain a member of USA Football, which is backed by the National Football League.
Ozarks Football League is proud to be a part of the Head's Up program and has been named "The Gold Standard of youth football leagues in the U.S."
Each OFL team shall have a minimum of eighteen (18) players and a maximum of thirty-five (35) players.
Red Division will be made up of students in 6th and 7th grade. Blue Division will be made up of students in 8th grade. However, a 7th grade student may be moved up to Blue Division at the head coach's discretion. 6th grade students will NOT be allowed to play or practice with 8th grade students.
OFL splits teams into two conferences. Ozark Mountain Conference will consist of: Ozark Tigers, Nixa Eagles,
Glendale Falcons, West Plains Zizzers, Waynesville Tigers and Kickapoo Chiefs. Ozark Valley Conference will consist of
Central Bulldogs, Hillcrest Hornets, Marshfield Bluejays, Springfield Catholic Fightin' Irish, Pleasant Hope Pirates, Parkview Vikings, Sparta Trojans and Houston Tigers.
$185 Per Player (includes free team t-shirt)
Fees cover all player costs including insurance, helmet, shoulder pads, jersey, and mouth guard. Each participant MUST
use helmet and shoulder pads issued by OFL. Helmets or shoulder pads must not be altered in any way. Pants and football shoes (OFL approved) shall be
the player’s responsibility. Shoes should be short rubber cleats. Hard cleats or screw-on cleats will not be allowed.
All student athletes must play on the team that represents the high school they will be attending. All student athletes are welcome to join an OFL team, however, home school and other parochial/private (non Springfield Catholic) school students must play for the team that represents the district in which the student resides.
Student athletes shall not reach the following ages prior to July 1, 2017 preceding
the opening of school. Grade six - 13 - Grade seven - 14 - Grade eight - 15
All OFL teams must be selected and paperwork completed by February 15, 2018. Deadline for registration is February 15,
2018 for all teams..
Each OFL game shall;
Be held on days or evenings, as high school stadiums become available. Games shall be played at JFK Stadium (Parkview High School), Glendale High School stadium, Hillcrest High School stadium, Kickapoo High School stadium, Republic Middle School stadium, Ash Grove High School stadium, Ozark High School stadium or other approved stadiums.
Have a minimum of four MSHSAA officials. However, should an official be unable to perform his duties during a game, for any reason, the remaining officials will continue to officiate to game completion.
Have four (4) eight (8) minute quarters (Blue Division) and four (4) seven (7) minute quarters (Red Division)
Have a live stadium announcer
Have a live scoreboard
Have USA Football and Head's Up certified youth coaches
Have NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) certified youth equipment
Abide by Springfield Public Schools Middle School football rules
Practice Schedule (2-hour Maximum)
Please check with your team coach for your team's practice schedule as it may vary from team to team.
February 27, 2018 - Equipment fitting day for ALL OFL teams. Fitting will be held at Ozark Empire Fairground's E-Plex
Practice dates to be announced - Idle (Spring Break)
Game Schedule (subject to change)
Game Times, Locations & Teams on our Schedule page
Playoffs - Semifinals - Locations & Teams on our Schedule page
Championship Games - Locations & Teams on our Schedule page
If a tie exists between ranked teams, the following criteria will be used in order to determine the tiebreaker.
Head to head
Least Points allowed (defense)
Football rules handbook may be downloaded here