North Side Youth Football (NSYF) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that promotes youth football through travel and non-travel programs for kids between the age of 7 and 14 on the North Side of Chicago.
North Side Youth Football strives to provide every child who wishes to play football on the North Side of Chicago an appropriate and safe place to play relative to their age, weight, ability, experience, and commitment level.
In 2006 Russ Pallesen and Kathy Boedeker formed the Welles Park Football Parents Association (WPFPA) to create a safer youth football program that is age and weight-based. In the first year, there was a single team of 11 year olds.
In 2007, the WPFPA partnered with Welles Park to revitalize the Park District "In-House" program for youths between the age of 7 and 10, and the program quickly became the top instructional tackle football programs in the City, and the only one on the North Side of Chicago. In the same year, WPFPA also created a competitive Travel program with teams competing in the Chicagoland AYF league, against national caliber programs across the Chicagoland area.
In 2011, the Travel Program joined the newly formed United Youth Football (UYF) national organization. The Chicagoland Conference of the UYF is a highly competitive league with teams that have won national championships across various age groups.
In December of 2012, WPFPA was reconstituted as North Side Youth Football, a non-profit organization with a functioning board comprised of individuals who believe in the mission of NSYF and want to build the best and safest football program serving youths and families on the North Side of Chicago.
Today, over 350 youths and their families from all social-economic background are part of the most progressive youth football program in the City of Chicago.