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Football Information

2023 marks our 32nd year of outstanding youth football at Oriole Park. We are the best program in Chicagoland and highly recommended by all of the local high schools. If you look at the top players from Taft, Notre Dame, St. Pats, DePaul College Prep, Loyola and Maine South, you will find an abundance of athletes that got their start as an Oriole Park Falcon! We have the experience and knowledge that no other program can offer! 

We will introduce your young athlete to the game, teach them the basic fundamentals and get them ready for high school football and beyond. As always, there are no tryouts or cuts. Everyone makes the team and everyone plays!

We have designed our program to ensure that every child who meets the age requirements has a team they can safely participate on, no matter their size, ability or experience. Using the latest "Heads Up Football" approved techniques, we have and will continue to be at the forefront in helping young athletes reach their full potential. 

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 "The Oriole Park Falcon Football Program has been an incredible resource for Notre Dame College Prep Football. Oriole Park Falcons come to Notre Dame fundamentally sound and play the game the right way. Oriole Park Falcons are high character young men. Thank you, Oriole Park coaches past and present. We look forward every year to the next great generation of Falcons to become Dons!"  - Timothy Heneghan, Asst. Director of Enrollment, Notre Dame College Prep., Niles, IL.

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Registration fee includes rental of the following for each player:

  • Certified Helmet
  • Chin strap
  • Shoulder Pads
  • Rib Protection
  • Home Game Jersey personalized with player's name
  • Away Game Jersey 
  • Practice Jersey
  • Mouth Guard 

In addition to the above, your athlete can look forward to using the latest practice equipment available to give them the competitive edge over every other youth football program out there!

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"I can confidently say Nick would not be the athlete, teammate, student that he is today without his start as an OP Falcon." "I will always be thankful for the OPF program and for what it has done to positively influence my sons' lives!" - Joelle Thome, mom of former OP Falcons

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"Switching to Falcons was the best decision we made for our kids. It truly is like a big family. Most importantly, the kids love it here. They know that all of their coaches genuinely care about them, not only in football and cheer, but for other sports, school work, and everything else going on in their lives. You won't find a better football/cheer program. ❤️ - Leah Ridge, mom of three, joined OPF in 2022

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 "The OP Falcons are the best program,(football and cheer), on the Northwest side with the most experienced coaches on both sides of the ball. Don’t forget our motto “Once a Falcon always a Falcon!” Going on my 19th year at OPYF and counting!" - Coach Sam Toia 

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2023 Football Levels of Play:

DIVISION

  AGE (as of July 31st)

  MAX STRIPPED WEIGHT

7U   5, 6 & 7   Unlimited

 

8U

 

 8 & Under

 

  Unlimited

 

9U

 

 9 & Under

 

  Unlimited

 

11U

 

 11 & Under

 

  Unlimited

 

12U

 

 12 & Under

 

  Unlimited

 

13U

 

  8th Grade 

 

  Unlimited

 

Aiden Gomez - former Oriole Park Falcon - All Conference in the ESCC/CCL Purple Division

 

All Oriole Park Falcon football coaches are certified through USA FOOTBALL - Football's National Governing Body - which has implemented the Heads Up Football initiative to make our sport better and safer, and to ensure a positive experience for all of our youth players.  

Heads Up Football ensures that every coach is thoroughly trained in the fundamental aspects of football safety, injury prevention and injury recognition, using the only nationally accredited courses in the sport with content created by football experts and heath professionals. It is available for all our youth coaches at usafootball.com/development-training/certification