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Welcome to Arizona Youth Football League

Arizona Youth Football League is the leading youth tackle football league in Arizona. We are a non profit 501(c)3 classified by the IRS. Please inquire about donations and sponsorship programs. We are passionate about providing young athletes with the best opportunities to develop their football skills.

“Football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.”

— Vince Lombardi

Arizona Youth Football League is made possible by our over 80 Organizations (Orgs), Officials, Coaches, Players, Parents and Volunteers. 


The League is being operated by Diron Tappin, Shannon Eastin, JC and Nikki Lunt. Who are working diligently with all organizations to improve the experience for kids, parents, and coaches in 2024 and beyond.

Diron Tappin

President - 

Diron is an experienced Org Leader, Youth & High School Coach, and Financial Professional. He leads our strategic efforts with the community, schools, and other stakeholders to help build new organizations and support our current ones. 

JC Lunt

Vice President, Commissioner - 

JC is leading our competition committee and serves as a key point of contact for organizations throughout Arizona. He is a long time Org Leader and key contact with American Youth Football (AYF). JC grew up on a farm in Southeastern Arizona, but found his way to the city life in 2005.  He has been involved with youth football since 2011 as a head coach, org leader and board member.  Outside of his full-time job in the finance world, JC is a DJ on the side which he really enjoys. When not at the football field, you can JC hanging out with family, fishing, hunting or on an adventure with friends. 

Shannon Eastin

Executive Director, Officiating -

Shannon is the first female official of the National Football League (NFL) and the first woman to lead a crew at the Division 1 level for the Mid-Eastern Conference. She currently serves as the Director of Officials for the Canyon Athletic Association where she is responsible for assigning and developing sports officials. Shannon is our key liaison between our orgs and our game day officials

Nikki Lunt

Executive Director, Social Media & Marketing -

Nikki works with our teams, sponsors, and our internal communications to get the message of Arizona Youth Football League out to the greater public. She is a long time Org Board Director and Cheer Coordinator.  

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