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NFL and Nike to Host Second Annual Nike Football Kickoff Classic

The NFL in partnership with Nike announced the second annual football classic to kick off the 2023 high school football season. Hosted at Nike World Headquarters (WHQ) in Beaverton, OR the Nike Football Kickoff Classic will feature three high school football games — two girls flag football games on August 24 and one boys football game on August 25.

Top ranked boys’ teams and high-powered girls’ teams from Long Beach Poly High School (California) and Bishop Gorman High School (Nevada), along with girls' teams from Willowbrook High School (Illinois) and Irvington High School (New Jersey) will match up on Ronaldo Field at the Nike WHQ. NFL clubs will mirror the experience by hosting boys tackle and girls flag games in their home markets.

The collaboration between Nike, the NFL and clubs will allow each of the participating boys and girls high school teams to play in the high school kickoff in their local markets.

“For the second year, the Nike Football Kickoff Classic will serve as the official kickoff of high school football around the country,” said Roman Oben, Vice President of NFL Football Development. “These games will bring an unimaginable experience for high school football players. Congrats to all the participating NFL markets giving girls and boys in high school football the shared kickoff experience it deserves.”

This season, schools participating in the Nike Kickoff Classic will be sponsored by the NFL team in their home markets.

  • Long Beach Poly High School (Boys Tackle) - L.A. Chargers
  • Long Beach Poly High School (Girls Flag) - L.A. Rams
  • Bishop Gorman High School (Boys and Girls) - Las Vegas Raiders
  • Willowbrook High School (Girls Flag) - Chicago Bears
  • Irvington High School (Girls Flag) - N.Y. Jets

Game Schedule and Coverage

The Nike Football Kickoff Classic will be covered across social channels, including @usnikefootball, @athlete channels, @NFLClub channels, @NFL, and @nflplayfootball.

The games will be broadcast live on NFL YouTube. They will also re-air on NFL Network on Saturday, September 2, beginning at 7:00 a.m. ET. 

Thursday, August 24: Girls Flag Football

  • 2:00 p.m. PT: Willowbrook High School vs. Bishop Gorman High School
  • 3:30 p.m. PT: Long Beach Poly High School vs. Irvington High School

Friday, August 25: Boys Tackle Football

  • 4:00 p.m. PT: Long Beach Poly High School vs. Bishop Gorman High School


  • High School Football
  • NFL FLAG Football
  • Clubs and Partners