State Flag Football Tournament
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What is State Flag Football?
State Flag Football is 1 of 13 state sports competitions. It is the championship level competition for those participating in flag football and Unified flag football. State Flag Football is a 2 day event usually held the first weekend of November in Peoria. The State Flag Football Tournament includes approximately 250 athletes, 60 coaches and 50 volunteers. State Flag Football is hosted at the Louisville Slugger Sports Complex in Peoria, IL.
State Flag Football 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.
Louisville Slugger Sports Complex has 3 fields we will have access to.
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 close to competition day.
7:30am – Registration
8:15am – Opening Ceremony
9:00am – Competition Begins
Additional activities include an Opening Ceremony, family registration and souvenir sales.
Spectators are allowed at the Louisville Slugger Sports Complex. SOILL recommends bringing a bagged chair to ensure a seat.
Please click on the button below to register as a volunteer.
The Opening Ceremony will take place at 8:15am at the Louisville Slugger Sports Complex on Saturday morning.
All items are available by on-line order only. To allow everyone enough time to place orders, Minvera Promotions will ship (for free) orders direct to each customer. The order deadline is Monday, November 7. Use this link to connect to State Flag Football Tournament merchandise options:
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 Family Raffle. Don’t forget to wear your credentials. If you don’t have family credentials, you can order them at the event – these are FREE to families. Hours are: Hours: 8:30am – 2:00pm Saturday
There is no Victory Dance in 2022.
Text Alerts and Event status Updates
Please sign up for the text alert. This alert will send you any last minute changes to the State Flag Football schedule. Set up your text alert by texting “football” to 844-393-0980.
Concessions will be sold on Saturday, November 5.
To see a complete list of all State Championship Competitions, click here.
To find out more information about the Knights of Columbus, who support Special Olympics Illinois throughout the year, click here.
State Flag Football Sponsor:
Who We Are
Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 13,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.