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Vienna, Va.-based USA Football is expected to announce Tuesday that it is relocating its headquarters to Indianapolis.

Mayor Greg Ballard's office has an announcement scheduled for 10 a.m. to reveal a "major sport’s national governing body” that is moving to the city.

When reached by phone Monday afternoon, spokesmen for USA Football and the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association would neither confirm nor deny that USA Football indeed is relocating, but IBJ reported in late February that officials for the organization were touring Indianapolis as they weighed moving its headquarters here.

Pan Am Plaza and the 30 South Meridian building, where the ICVA has its headquarters, were among the possible locations the organization was considering, along with the Citizens Gas property at 2950 Prospect St.

USA Football has about 30 employees—some of those in regional outposts. But its significance goes far beyond work force numbers.

Endowed by the NFL and NFL Players Association, the organization is composed of youth coaches, league commissioners and game officials residing in all 50 states. USA Football has been designated the Official Youth Football Development Partner of the NFL and NFLPA.

The not-for-profit, founded in 2002, hosts more than 100 football training events annually offering education for coaches and game officials, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners.

USA Football awards more than $1 million annually in equipment grants to youth football leagues and high school football programs based on merit and need.

The organization also offers as much as $500,000 to subsidize youth leagues volunteer background checks to help safeguard youth football participants and eradicate sexual predators from the youth football community.

Since 2006, USA Football has trained tens of thousands of youth football coaches across the U.S. through full-day coaching schools and its Certified Coaching Education Program.

Spokesman Steve Alic said in February that USA Football has been attracted to Indianapolis due to its central location and presence of other sports organizations that USA Football partners with for various programs.

For instance, USA Football was commissioned by the National Federation of State High School Associations, based in Indianapolis, to help create an online varsity football coaching education course available to the country's high school football coaches and state athletic associations.

USA Football’s board members include some of the biggest names in the sport, including NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith, NFL Players Association executive director.

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