State Flag Football Tournament

What is The State Flag Football Tournament?

The State Flag Football Tournament is one of 13 state sports competitions. It is the championship-level competition for those participating in flag football and Unified flag football. The State Flag Football Tournament is a two-day event usually held the first weekend of November in Peoria. The State Flag Football Tournament typically includes 250 athletes, 60 coaches and 50 volunteers. State Flag Football is hosted at the Louisville Slugger Sports Complex in Peoria.

Additional activities include Opening Ceremony, dinner and an athlete activity on Saturday night, families registration, and souvenir sales. The Louisville Slugger Sports Complex hosts the tournament. Flag football and Unified flag football became an official Special Olympics Illinois sport in 2018.

Spectators are encouraged to attend this premiere state tournament to cheer on these extraordinary athletes.

Competition Information

The State Flag Football Tournament is a stand-alone competition and serves as a showcase for our flag football athletes to demonstrate the skills they have learned throughout the year.

Facility Information

Louisville Slugger Sports Complex has three fields reserved for the tournament.

Event Details

All times listed below are tentative and subject to change once event specific schedules are determined.  For a final schedule, please check the supporting documents section below.


Registration: 7:30 AM

Opening Ceremony: 8:15 AM

Competition begins: 9:00 AM

Additional activities include Opening Ceremony, families registration, and souvenir sales. Special Olympics Illinois recommends spectators bring a bagged chair to ensure seating.

Volunteer Information

Please check back closer to the competition for more information.

Athletes are responsible for bringing their own flags and uniforms.

Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony will take place at 8:15 AM at the Louisville Slugger Sports Complex on Saturday morning. 


All items are available by on-line pre-order only. The order deadline is Wednesday, October 18th at 8:00 AM.

Souvenir items are offered by Minerva Promotions and a percentage of sales are given to Special Olympics Illinois.


Families play an important role in the accomplishments of our athletes and we appreciate that you’re here at the event cheering them on! Please stop by family registration to receive a special item as well as your entry ticket for our free families raffle. Don’t forget to wear your credentials. If you don’t have credentials, you can order them at the event for FREE.

Saturday, 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM.

Victory Dance

Please check back closer to the event for more information.

Text Alerts and Event status Updates

To receive status updates for this event, please text football to 844-393-0980.


Awards will be given when each division is complete.


Lunch, water and concessions will be provided both days. Dinner will be provided on Saturday.

Supporting Documents

To see a complete list of all state championship competitions, click here.

To find out more information about the Knights of Columbus, which supports Special Olympics Illinois throughout the year, click here.


State Flag Football Sponsor:

Please check back closer to the event to see a list of our generous sponsors.

Who We Are

About Special Olympics Illinois    

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit sports organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports to a community of more than 55,000 traditional athletes, Young Athletes, Unified partners, coaches, volunteers, and more. It strives to be a global leader in shaping a culture where people with and without intellectual disabilities are fully integrated into the community by providing year-round opportunities in competitive sports, health education, leadership and personal development. 

If you are interested in being a part of Special Olympics Illinois and its vision, contact your local region, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website. Follow Special Olympics Illinois on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok and X.  


Nov 02 - 03 2024


8:00 am - 6:00 pm




Louisville Slugger Sports Complex
8400 Orange Prairie Rd, Peoria, IL 61615
Nate Henry


Nate Henry
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