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CFF History

The Consolidated Football Federation actually began in 1970 when there were few alternatives available for youth who wanted to play organized football or participate in cheerleading outside of school programs. Two local youth Associations, one in Cary , the other in Garner, began organizing teams to play each other. In the beginning, each of the two Associations had ten to twelve teams and played each other multiple times during the season. The Cary and Garner groups, searching for different opponents, joined the Wake County league. They played in the Wake County league for one year and were dissatisfied with the lack of clearly written rules, and formal organization.

Mr. Chuck Norman, president of the cary league, approached Pop Warner office to apply for a charter. He had researched various youth football organizations and decided to associate with pop Warner. He liked the fact that Pop Warner had written rules, and educational standards that must be met for participation. He wanted to ensure that the local groups would be a formal organization, with By-Laws and written operating rules.

In 1972, after becoming a charted member of Pop Warner Little Scholars Inc., Cary and Garner welcomed another Association from Raleigh into the group. At that time, Mr. Norman formally organized the Consolidated Football Federation. Because of Mr. Norman's leadership and reputation, more and more Associations applied for membership. From very modest beginnings, the CFF has grown to fourteen member Associations representing approximately 3,800 children from Wake, Durham, Johnston, Lee, and Orange Counties.

Mr. Norman remained the Commissioner of the CFF for thirty years, retiring in 2001. Because of Mr. Norman's vision and desire to provide a quality football and cheerleading program for area youth, and his strict adherence to the rules and regulations of Pop Warner, the CFF is among the most successful and respected Pop Warner members in the nation. The CFF is strong, and continues to grow. The CFF is deeply indebted to Mr. Norman for having a vision and seeing it through.

In 2001, Mike Baldwin took over as the Commissioner. Mr. Baldwin continued the philosophy established by Mr. Norman. Mr. Baldwin remained Commissioner until stepping down at the end of the 2007 season.

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