AYF youth football for New Jersey serving , hunterdon county NJ, sussex county NJ, mercer county NJ, middlesex county NJ, warren county NJ; american youth football, partner with Jersey Shore AYF & Garden State AYF, formerly Jr Skyland Football Conference

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Updated June 12, 2019

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The Greater New Jersey AYF conference (GNJAYF) was originally founded as the Jr Skyland Football Conference (JSFC) in December of 2004.  It was established as an unlimited weight, intermediate level football league with the goals of providing an opportunity for highly talented players to experience seriously competitive football at a level above the average youth football league.  The conference transitioned as an independent conference to the American Youth Football league in 2018 and renamed itself the Greater New Jersey AYF (GNJAYF) to better represent the breadth and regionality of our member programs.  


One of our conference goals is have our individual programs positively impact their local public high school football programs and to nurture a smooth transition from youth football into high school football.  Therefore, we require all member programs within the GNJAYF have the explicit support of their local HS Head Football Coach and HS Athletic Director.  We also require that the foundation of their football program aligns to the principles, schemes and terminology that is taught at their high school.   Most Head Football Coaches view their local GNJAYF teams as a direct extension of their programs and take an active interest in how they develop young players.

Many of the teams in the GNJAYF play under the lights on Saturday nights on their high school’s home football field and share the colors and have a name affiliation with their sending district High School. 

General Information

The GNJAYF will have 4 playing levels

  • 14U Varisty: 14 years old or younger as of 7/31 and cannot be in HS.
  • 11U JV: 11 years old or younger as of 7/31/18
  • 9U Peewee: 9 years old or younger as of 7/31/18
  • 7U Flag: 7 years old or younger as of 7/31/18

Practice and Schedules

Pre-season Season starts 4 weeks before the 1st game of the season, which is the 1st Saturday after Labor Day. In 2019, this would be a start of preseason on August 12th and the 1st game weekend will be September 7th.
programs can practice 5 days a week, up to 2 hours a day prior to the start of the season and up to 3 days a week and 2 hours a practice during the season & school year.
Programs can also have non-contact workouts during the summer prior to pre-season. This is a maximum twice a week and 2 hours a session. Programs can also host a week long (up to 5 day/20hr) camp during the summer.

Games Clocks

Peewee Game Clock is TIPS: 4 x 15 minute quarters, game stops on Timeouts, Injuries, Penalties & Scores, Clock runs on Out of Bounds and Incompletions

Varsity and JV Game Clock is 4x10 minute, full stop clock (high school rules)

Game Times

All conference hosted games are scheduled for Saturdays

9:30am - 7U Flag games (Coach Ref)
Note: Flag Games can be scheduled for timeslots later than 9:30am if all teams agree. Multiple flag games are scheduled for a single site

4:00pm 9U Peewee (High School Fields, 3 Officials)
5:30pm 11U JV (High School Fields, 5 Carded Officials)
7:30pm 14U Varsity (High School Fields, 5 Carded Officials)


AYF Top To Bottom Structure, Terminology And Implementation In The GNJAYF




Greater New Jersey Conference


A Region is defined as a geographic territory. The geographic territory is determined by the AYF National Office. The 8 regional territories that make up AYF can be found online at:  AYF Regional Map.  A Region is comprised of Member Conferences within its territory that have applied for, and have been granted membership, by the National Office. 

GNJAYF is part of the Big East region which includes: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Northern Maryland, West Virginia


A Conference is defined by the geographic boundary of its membership. A Conference’s membership is the Associations that have applied for, and have been granted membership, by the Conferences governing body

We are the Greater New Jersey AYF Conference serving New Jersey

(aka Program or Organization)

An Association is often defined as a local city, or town. The Association may be restricted by its Conference from drawing participants from certain geographic territory/boundaries. The acceptable method and determination of what participants can register within any given Association will be governed by the Conference/Region to which it is a member

In GNJAYF we also refer to associations as programs or organizations and we name them based on the sending district or HS they represent. (see list below)


AYF enables conference to structure their conference as ‘A’ and ‘B’ tiers to ensure teams are playing weekly against comparable competition  

The GNJAYF uses a two-tiered conference structure to support the needs of the sending districts and provide maximum opportunities for all participants (see below) 


In the Age Protected Unlimited Weight Division, the levels are defined by the ages of the players based on their birthday relative to July 31.  They cover each individual age year from to 14U.   We do not allow any players who are matriculated into High School.

In GNJAYF we may combine multiple age groups into a age Levels. The GNJAYF has 4 levels:  14U Varsity, 11U JV, 9U Peewee and 7U Flag


A defined set of participants who are registered to play together as a unit within a Age Level.  

in the GNJAYF, participants cannot be registered to more than one team.


A Participant is defined as a minor child that has applied for and has been granted membership within a given Association.

Participant register with their affiliated association. 



Member Clubs/Organizations as of 2019

Delaware Valley Jr Terriers (Joined 2014)
North Hunterdon Jr. Lions * (Joined 2004)
Phillipsburg Little Liners (Joined 2004)
Ridge Varsity Jr Devils * (Joined 2004)
Voorhees Jr. Vikings (Joined 2004)

Greater New Jersey Playing Levels 

Each year, based on the number of participants registered at each age level across all the associations, the GNJAYF will detemine if any additional age groups are required to maximize the regular season scheduling and match-ups


Playing Rules  
You can open and download HERE 

* Past Varsity Champion (see Championship Page)