The world’s largest flag football tournament series is heading to Thurston County.

Presented by the Flag Football World Championship Tour (FFWCT), Battle Northwest will be held August 31 and September 1 at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey. The two-day event will feature teams from all over the Pacific Northwest competing across multiple 5v5 and 8v8 formats with divisions for all ages and skill levels for men, women, coed and youth.

Battle Northwest is an open-invite tournament. Anyone can enter a team and you do not have to quality for this event. Deadline for teams to register is 4:00 p.m. on August 26. No registrations or payments will be accepted past this date.

Battle Northwest will consist of 5v5 contact and non-contact and 8v8 contact with all three divisions offering tournaments for men’s, women’s and coed teams. Age groups for the youth divisions include 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U with an age cutoff date of January 1, 2019.

In addition to a $100 cash prize per team registered for all Adult PRO and Open divisions, winners will also receive trophies and a paid bid to the 2020 Orlando World Championships. Winning teams competing in a tournament with 10 or more teams will receive a full paid bid to the world championships, while teams competing in a tournament with nine or fewer participating teams will receive a half-paid bid.

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Battle Northwest division champions can receive a paid bid to the 2020 Orlando World Championships. Photo courtesy: Flag Football World Championship Tour

All 5v5 adult divisions are four games guaranteed, while all 8v8 divisions are three games guaranteed with pool play followed by a single elimination tournament where everyone makes the playoffs. All youth divisions will also have a four-game guarantee with pool play followed by a single elimination tournament with all registered teams competing.

Youth tournament games will take place on Sunday only, while 5v5 non-contact for both men and women and 8v8 contact men’s comp & rec games will be played during the mornings of both days. Late mornings/early afternoons on both days will feature 8v8 contact men’s PRO games.

Games in the 5v5 non-contact coed division will be played on Saturday only during the late morning/early afternoon session with 5v5 contact men’s and 8v8 contact women’s games being held both Saturday and Sunday during the late afternoon/evening. Schedule blocks are designed to eliminate conflicts so that players can play on multiple teams and divisions without overlap.

All 5v5 teams will use Sonic Flag-a-Tag flags, while 8v8 contact divisions will use Triple Threat Flags. Youth teams will use either Sonic Flag-a-Tag flags or youth-size NFL Flag poppers during play.

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Battle Northwest will offer multiple 5v5 and 8v8 formats with divisions for all ages and skill levels for men, women, coed and youth. Photo courtesy: Flag Football World Championship Tour

Participating teams will also earn 3X Battle Points, which are the FFWCT’s reward and ranking system that is provided to teams throughout the year through participation in various FFWCT sanctioned leagues and tournaments.

Battle Points are used at FFWCT’s national and world championship tournaments to determine the draft order for pool play seeding with accumulated points throughout the year determining rankings for the top teams across each division. Battle Points are earned through simply participating. Teams can also receive bonus championship points as well as points for registering early.

Battle Northwest is part of the FFWCT’s multiple-event tournament series called the Battle Circuit. Smaller regional events, such as Battle Northwest, feature between 30 and 70 teams, national championships include 100-200 teams and the world championship features 300-400 teams.

The Flag Football World Championship Tour will hold the 2020 world championships in Orlando January 17-19.

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