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About North Side Youth Football

North Side Youth Football

North Side Youth Football (NSYF) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that promotes youth football through programs for kids between the age of 5 and 14 on the North Side of Chicago.

Our Mission

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.  

Our History

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 program 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.  In 2011, the Travel Program joined the newly formed United Youth Football (UYF) national organization. 

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 youth and families on the North Side of Chicago.

In The Spring of 2015, NSYF joined The Cbicagoland Youth Football League (TCYFL). TCYFL is the largest independent youth football league in America and the leader in implementing rules and techniques that maximize the safety of the game. 

Today, over 250 youth and their families from all social-economic background are part of the most progressive youth football program in the City of Chicago. 

2018 North Side Youth Football Board of Directors

Dan Bordonaro

Vice President, TCYFL Football Director

Matt Murray

Marketing, Recruitment



Bill Krantz

Equipment & Uniforms

Mike Lohman


Mark Ditsch

Safety, Procedures, and Rules

Andrew Steigleder

Secretary, Legal and Partnerships; TCYFL Representative

Kristan Vaughan