The United Football League (UFL) is proud to announce its partnership with renowned specialists Nick Novak, founder of Novak Kicking & Consulting, and John Carney, founder of Carney Training Facility, to host specialist showcases for the upcoming 2025 season.

These events will cater specifically to kickers, punters, and long snappers, offering a dedicated platform for specialists to showcase their talents exclusively for the UFL’s player personnel departments.

“Nick and John are the go-to guys in the specialist world, and both camps were tremendously helpful in pinpointing talent for the combined league,” said Daryl Johnston, UFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations. “We’re thrilled to collaborate with them again to provide our coaches and staff the opportunity to find top-tier specialist talent for the UFL.”

Novak’s showcase is scheduled for October 19, 2024, at Maranatha Christian School in San Diego, California. 

“We are delighted to be hosting a specialist showcase event for the United Football League (UFL) in October,” said Novak. “Our team’s unwavering commitment is to provide free-agent players with valuable opportunities to participate in the league.”

Specialists interested in participating must register at Upon acceptance, formal invitations will be issued.

John Carney’s showcase is scheduled for December 7, 2024, in San Diego, California. 

More details will be announced.  Specialists interested in participating may visit to sign up for email updates.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Daryl, Doug Whaley and the UFL’s general managers and coaches by creating opportunities for specialists to realize their dreams of playing professional football at the highest level,” said Carney. “CTF (Carney Training Facility) is committed to hosting professional events that funnel talented specialists into the league. Twenty-five specialists from our showcases have played spring football in the USFL, XFL, and UFL.”

UFL coaches and personnel directors will be in attendance during both showcases to evaluate player performances.

About Novak Kicking & Consulting

Novak Kicking and Consulting is under the direction of 15-year pro football veteran Nick Novak. Novak, a University of Maryland product is a 10-year NFL veteran having kicked for Chicago, Arizona, Kansas City, Washington, Houston and San Diego. Novak also played for UFL Florida Tuskers, AAF Birmingham Iron, and most recently UFL Wildcats. Named to the San Diego Chargers 2010 All Decade Team, Novak is 6th on the all-time Chargers scoring list with 503 points and still holds the Chargers record with 32 consecutive field goals.

About Carney Training Facility

John Carney had an illustrious 23 year professional football career.  Super Bowl Champion.  Two Pro Bowl appearances.  2,062 points scored in his NFL career (fifth all-time).  50 Greatest San Diego Chargers.  New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame. 

While he is fondly remembered by teammates and fans as one of the most prolific place-kickers in the history of the NFL, he “kicked off” Carney Training Facility in 2011 to make an impact of a different sort.  Carney is now an internationally sought-after coach and mentor for the rising generation of kickers and punters.  His insight and passion have been instrumental in opening doors for specialists to compete at the highest levels of professional, college and high school football. 

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Mark Perry Editor
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