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1) Chick-FIL-A meal award focuses on community service & academic excellence "off the field".

Here is how it works- Our DSFNL Parents and/or players inform their Coaches of any worthy community service and/or academic excellence. The Coach can select up to 1 player per week, per Team, to receive a “Free” Chic-A-Fil meal ticket. The honoree and their Coach need to stop by the FNL snack shack after their game to pick up the award.

2) Crumbl Cookies - award recognizes athletic excellence "on the field" of play

Here is how it works- Our Coaches will select up to 1 player per week, per Team, to receive a free Crumbl cookie certificate for their standout performance and making players around them better. Stop by the FNL snack shack with your Coach to pick up your certificate, redeemable at the La Quinta location

NEW *ALL GIRLS* Flag Football Division-

Flag football is a ton of Fun and is one of the fastest growing sports in the USA. This NEW All Girls division will play on the same Friday Nights, and  same fields as the much larger general CoEd league. Girls can play in either league; however, we find that the female participation dramatically increases when we have an "All Girls" division; especially now that  "Girls Flag Football is NOW an official CIF Sport". 

DesertSands Friday Night Lights goal is to become the primary feeder program for the Coachella Valley High Schools. The perfect target athlete is already participating in other girls sports ie: Soccer, track and field, Volleyball, and Basketball. Please let them know about our New All Girls Division.

  • Girls’ grades K-8th
  • Register NOW and Save $ -Fall season Aug-Nov
  • Tons of FUN, non-contact
  • Build you Team or sign up and play with friends!
  • Teams of 6-8 
  • No experience necessary
  • For more information go to or call with questions 760 636-8266 John M.


 KESQ did a nice job recapping Desert Sands FNL - Enclosed is the clip.

Thanks for all your support in making FNL the best youth sports league in in the Coachella Valley! Let’s keep it rolling and continue to assess what’s working and what’s not and provide us feedback so we can continuously improve and become even better!

Moving forward-

  • Check scores and remember MAX score differential is 22pts. We reward defense points allowed not points scored. If game gets lopsided Referees are instructed to have a running clock, no time outs. We suggest twinning team takes the foot off the accelerator and run the ball with your slowest player. No need to humiliate the other team, win with class and teach compassion for others


Coaches coach, Players play, Referees Ref, and Parent cheer!  Control your sidelines!


Thank and keep it FUN!!!

John A. Maldonado and Tom Roche

Commissioner's Friday Night Lights

In closing-

Please remember the overall purpose of our league is to develop the youth in our community. While it is more fun to win, the lessons we teach are more important than “wins and losses”.

Every Friday half the Teams win, and half the teams lose, but everyone can learn the life lessons generated from the :50 minutes of competition.  They learn how to compete, how to deal with adversity, hard work, and Team commitment. No scholarships just the joy of playing flag football.

Keep the focus on personal and Team development, good sportsmanship, and having Fun!

Parking Tips

  • Arrive early
  • Utilize our drop-off area at CMP field entrance. Coaches drop gear and Parents drop players.
  • Please meet at your home and have family members carpool to reduce automobiles.
  • Realize we have 5 rounds of games (5:00, 5:50, 6:40, &:30, 8:20); so, five waves of spectators. As people exit spots open! EXAMPLE The early games start at 5 pm games exit at 5:50- 6:15 plan accordingly.

Competition has made us better! You can expect the best youth sports experience in the Valley.

  • Better Equipment- including balls jerseys and flags.
  • Better Referees and Coaches
  • Better trophies and team pictures
  • Added fields and security.
  • Improved special event ie-Free Mother’s Day Roses for our special ladies.
  • Multiple divisions at every age group- ensures more competitive balance.
  • Better Vending- Arrive hungry and support our growing Vendor partners!!!
  1. New- Chick-Fil-A
  2. New Cold stone creamery
  3. Las Carretas Taco shop
  4. Pele's frozen lemonade
  5. Kettle Corn
  6. Pizza
  7. Crumbl Cookies



Tom Roche and John Maldonado

DSFNL Commissioner’s Friday Night Lights

760 636-8266



Arrive hungry and support our growing Vendor partners!!!

  • New- Chick-Fil-A
  • New Cold stone creamery 
  • Las Carretas Taco shop
  • Pele's frozen lemonade
  • Kettle Corn
  • Pizza
  • Crumbl Cookies