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About the
U.S. AMATEUR FOOTGOLF TOUR

If you have a love for soccer and are intrigued by the challenge of the game of golf, then FootGolf is your game! FootGolf combines the passion of soccer and the elegance of golf to bring players to the environment of the golf course where FootGolfers will kick a soccer ball down the fairways towards a much bigger cup.  Anyone young or old, who can kick a ball and walk a mile, is well equipped to play FootGolf. The U.S. Amateur FootGolf Tour is the perfect way to learn the sport and grow your skills, all while having fun with your family and friends .  

There is one common sentiment that EVERYONE shares after playing this sport… and that is “FUN!” So what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out, join today, and register for a league in your neighborhood, or tournament in your region, and learn your next passion!

SEASON 2024

Overview

After several years researching and consulting with other sports to develop an amateur tour where local players can compete at a more attainable level, the Amateur Tour is ready to launch in 2024. Players will not need to travel the country or cross borders internationally, as AFGL Tour players regularly do, in order to receive a national ranking.

 

Tournaments can begin with leagues at local courses, a tour can operate within a city, region or state and the Amateur Tour will grow into city-wide, state-wide and regional championship competitions. Anyone who meets the criteria will be able to develop a Tour stop. This is a great opportunity for a golf course, a city/municipality, or a FootGolf enthusiast to have an annual stop on the U.S. Amateur FootGolf Tour. Talk to your local course about hosting a league or a tournament. The AFGL is happy to assist them with access to the scoring and ranking system for their league or tournament. 

Goals

  1. To introduce new players to the sport of FootGolf

  2. To give the opportunity for Clubs, Golf Courses, Sports Commissions, Players, and Enthusiasts the opportunity to host a Sanctioned FootGolf tournament under the rules and guidelines of the American FootGolf League. 

 

Specifications

The following requirements must be met before an event can be sanctioned: 

  • Your golf course, FootGolf course or facility must be approved for sanctioning and are current AFGL course member. 

  • All event directors must be current AFGL or USFGT members and Certified Officials through the end of the event.

  • Any outstanding payments due for completed events must be paid in full before submitting a sanctioning agreement for a new event.

Notice

The U.S. Amateur FootGolf Tour Sanctioning Agreement covers all USFGT Tour Level events as well as USFGT League events for a annual season only.

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U.S. AMATEUR FOOTGOLF TOUR

Event Levels

There will be several levels of USFGT-sanctioned events as the Tour develops and grows. Each Level has requirements and regulations based on the Tour standards. All Levels require that the coordinator or tournament director has passed the AFGF Certified Official Rules Exam and registered as a Certified Rules Official with the AFGF. For C-Level events, any player who is not a current USFGT member may participate by paying a per-event fee of $5 (unless playing in a Junior division in which case there is no such fee).  Players who are not current USFGT members may play in USFGT Leagues with an additional $5 entry fee.
 


Event Descriptions

C-Level

These are local events that can easily be run in one day, on one course, with a minimal amount of staff and volunteers. There will be some  larger C-Tier events each year that may bring in many players and provide very large prizes and payouts, however, not all events need to be that involved or complex. 

  • Current USFGT membership NOT required to compete. Those that are not pay a $5 per-event fee when registering (except in the Junior divisions).

  • Length: 1-2 days

  • Holes: minimum of 9 (18 preferred)

  • Prize Pool: Cash, Medals, Trophy or Gift Prizes (a cash purse is not required)

  • USFGT members receive an official rating from each league or tournament round played.

  • USFGT members will receive USFGT points, which is the primary criteria for earning an invitation to select AFGL events.

USFGT Leagues

USFGT Leagues operate once a week, always on the same day of the week, for a duration of 6 - 10 weeks. USFGT members who compete receive USFGT Player Ratings/Rankings from each round just as they would at a typical USFGT event, and accrue USFGT points depending on their finishing place in the field each week.

  • Current USFGT membership is NOT required to compete.

  • Leagues run once a week on the same day, at the same time for a duration of 6 - 10 weeks.

  • USFGT members receive an official rating from each league round played.

  • USFGT members will receive USFGT points, which is the primary criteria for earning an invitation to select AFGL events.

Future Levels

B-Level

B-Level events are considered state-level, often taking place over an entire weekend with the Tournament Director(s) providing a minimum payout to the tour players and prizes for the amateur divisions.

  • Current AFGL/USFGT membership required to compete.

  • Length: 1 - 3 days

  • Holes: minimum of 36.

  • Other criteria will be added B-Level events are open for applications. It is estimated that B-Level tournaments will begin in some regions in 2024/2025.

A-Tier

A-Level events are regional events with strict requirements for the overall purse and payouts. These events typically bring in some of the best competitors in the sport, lasting between 2-3 days with a minimum of 54 holes to be completed.

Each Fall, after the full AFGL Tour schedule is confirmed for the following year, the A-Tier events are then scheduled by the AFGL Office for the  following year. In late September, an online A-Tier Request Form is made available through both a blog post/news release, as well as an email sent to each of the Tournament Directors in the past two years. The form is typically available for two weeks and T.D.'s must provide at least three possible dates for their events in order for a conflict-free schedule to be produced.

Note that in order to even be considered for an A-Tier status event, an event must have been run for at least two years as a successful B-Tier event that both met all Tour Standards and was also absent of player complaints. In addition, the Tournament Director must have an established track record of running quality events at the B-Level. Due to the greater mileage expections, only a limited number of events can be A-Tiers. Therefore, not all requests for A-Tier status will be approved. Current AFGL/USFGT membership required to compete.

  • Length: 2 - 3 days

  • Holes: minimum of 54

  • Other criteria will be added when A-Level events are open for applications. It is estimated that the A-Level tournaments will begin in the next couple of years.

U.S. FootGolf Pro Tour (Elite Series)

The U.S. FootGolf Pro Tour is an event series for the Open Men and Open Women divisions. The U.S. FootGolf Pro Tour events showcases the sport, its leading events, and its top players, with the goal of increasing sponsorship and media coverage.

  • Current AFGL/USFGT membership required to compete.

  • Current status of Certified Rules Official required through the dates of the event to register and compete.

  • Length: 2 - 4 days

  • Holes: minimum of 54

  • Minimum of $10,000 (across both divisions)

Amateur Divisions

Advanced - This is the top amateur division, available to all amateur players. Tournament experienced players who have played FootGolf for several years, developed consistency and regularly finished in the top 10% of the field during competitions.

 

Intermediate - Available to amateur players of all ages. Developing players who have played 1 - 2 years with improved consistency and accuracy. 

Recreational - Available to amateur players of all ages who have played 1 year or less or who only play occasionally and are gaining consistency and experience. 

 

Juniors – Divided into four groups based on age and gender. 

AFGL Tour Players may register as an Elite player when playing in Amateur Tournaments. 

*Depending on the field size of the tournament some categories may need to be combined but players will still receive the appropriate points in their registered division. 

**Tournaments may have a Pro Division if played outside a regular AFGL Tour event.  A points structure for these events will be issued by request of the organizer. An AFGL tournament can also have a sub-tournament for the USFGT if the AFGL decides there is in the interest of the community to create an amateur tournament. Schedule and field size of the AFGL Tour event will be a determining factor to adding in an Amateur division. AFGL Tour players can play locally in the Advanced Division.

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Type of Tournament

USFGT sanctioned events can have a variety of competitive formats. Singles or doubles or teams in stroke play or match play competition. Other formats may be sanctioned by submitting applications to the AFGL.
In 2024, all tournaments will either be C-Level or League Play. It is your choice as to how big of an event you plan on hosting. The level of professionals competing typically depends on the size of the prize fund. In
subsequent years, high level events can be upgraded from successful lower level events hosted the prior year.

For detailed descriptions of the different types/levels  of USFGT events, please see the Tour Event Levels.

 

USFGT Sanctioned Events Fee Chart

 

Event Tier   Sanctioning Fee   Per Player Fee

C-Level              $25                    $2

League             $25                     $1

 

 

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