LAFA 2021 Season Update

LAFA 2021 Season Update


Due to declining participation in football and, with the cancellation of last years season due to COVID, the LAFA Board has had come to a difficult decision to no longer remain an exclusive “in-house” league. To ensure our players can play football this season, LAFA has agreed to join a newly formed league, The Independent Youth Football League (IYFL). LAFA will be representing the West Chester area. The league will consist of at least 12 teams throughout the tri-county area. While the landscape of our league is changing, we remain committed to upholding our core values established by Mr. Kelly and demonstrated over the last 60+ years. More details to come over the next several days but here are some key details around the change below:

What will change?

  • Home Field – Kelly Field will remain our home field for all our games. Some games will be played and other fields as away games. Home and away games should be roughly a 50/50 blend. More details to come as scheduling is worked out.
  • 2021 Divisions – age cut off is as of Jul 31st
    • U7
    • U9
    • U11
    • U13
  • 2021 Schedule
    • Practice
      • Pre-season camp will open Aug 8th
      • Pre-season practices will be 3-4 evening/wk (more details on exact days in progress)
      • In-season practices will be 3 days/wk (specific evenings tbd)
      • Given this is a evolving situation the coaches will be flexible as the schedule settles in
    • Games – games will be played starting the weekend of Aug 28th through Oct 16th. Our home field will be Kelly Field. Away games (potentially 4) will be scheduled (see attached for IYFL divisions/teams).
    • League Playoff
      • Round 1 (Oct 13th) – Quarter Finals: 1 v 8 – 2 v 7, 3 v 6 & 4 v 5
      • Round 2 – (Oct 20th) Semi Finals: Winners of each play – highest plays lowest
      • Round 3 (Nov 6th)– Championship: Top two team play for CHIP!!
    • AYF National Playoff
      • AYF Regionals: Semi Nov 13th/Finals Nov 20th
      • AYF National Championship: Dec 4th (Orlando)

What will not change?

  • Safety – LAFA will remain committed to keeping our game as safe as we possibly can. We will continue to leverage USA Football and American Youth Football to assist us in implementing and practicing youth football safety best practices.
  • LAFA Core Values – Develop, Grow and Compete
    • A community-based league founded by Mr. Kelly focused on the safe development of our youth through the game of football
    • Player development and safety is our #1 priority
    • Our coaches are certified through USA Football and complete all necessary PA background screening
    • Our main goal is to prepare your son or daughter to compete at the next level through skill development and teaching our kids the “right and safe way” to play the game.

Upcoming Key Dates:

  • First Day of Practice/Camp – Aug 9th
  • First Game Weekend – Aug 28th
  • Last Game Weekend – Oct 16th
  • First Playoff Weekend – Oct 23rd
  • IYFL Championship Weekend – Nov 16th


Path Forward

The LAFA Board understands this is a significant change to the direction of our league. However, we believe this will enable LAFA to continue to provide West Chester youth an opportunity to learn and play the game of football as we have the last 60+ years, with a focus on player development, safety and competitiveness. LAFA will still offer Cheerleading and squads will be aligned with the newly formed tackle teams. The flag program will remain the same as in previous years, an inhouse league.

The LAFA Board will be setting up a zoom call to review additional details and answer any questions you as parents might have. In the meantime, please feel free to email any questions you might have to

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