Football Alberta is the Provincial Sport Governing Non-Profit Association For All Amateur Football in Alberta. The Mission of Football Alberta is to develop, promote, coordinate, regulate and foster the growth of all aspects of amateur football in Alberta. Our aim is to establish an administrative structure which will provide programs and services to accomplish this stated objective and mission.
Football Alberta operates under a trade name and is officially registered as the Alberta Amateur Football Association (AAFA), a non-profit society under the corporate registry of the government of Alberta. The origin of the association started in the late 1950’s as the Alberta Coaches Association in principal. Key football stakeholders (coaches and administrators) in Alberta decided that an official association should be registered and the AAFA was granted as a society in 1973.
As the number of activities and programs increased, there was a need to hire an Executive Director in the late seventies to run all of the services. Additional funds became available and a Technical Director was added to the staff in 1989.
- We have a membership including all amateur football programs in Alberta--Atom, Pee-Wee, Bantam, Midget, High School (Jr. & Sr.), Junior, University, Women, Sr. Men, Flag, Touch and Officials.
- We provide programs and services to over 600 teams and approximately 20,000 players, coaches, officials and volunteers.
- In addition to all of the programs we provide e-newsletters, policies, rule books, resource handbooks, manuals and an active website.
- Policy and Procedure Manual 2020
The Association is comprised of a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board consists of an Executive (President, Vice President, Vice President of Finance, Vice President of Officials and a Past President) and 10 Zone District Representatives (DR’s). As well Program Representatives are appointed in the areas of the Coaches/Awards Conference, NCCP Coaches Certification and Casino Chairman.
The Associations’ main source of funds are: 1) Lottery based funds through the Ministry of Culture, Multiculturalism, and Status of Women, 2) Membership and Program Fees, 3) Fund-raising (Casinos, 50/50 raffles, etc.) and 4) Corporate assistance and sponsorship. The majority of this funding is distributed to: 1) all of the programs, 2) Office administration and member insurance, 3) Football Canada membership, and 4) Staff salaries and benefits.
The mandate of the SPAR Unit of the ministry is to enhance sport, recreation, parks and wildlife programs through support to provincial organizations and community groups. The Unit provides grant and project funding of almost $15 million annually to a number of non-profit associations including sport, recreation, parks and wildlife groups. Football Alberta is one of approximately 100 provincial sport and recreation associations.