Few schools in the country have an athletic program as extensive as the Air Force Academy.

The athletic program enhances the physical conditioning of all cadets, develops the physical skills necessary for officership, teaches leadership in a competitive environment and builds character. There are three subdivisions of the athletic program: intercollegiate, intramural and physical education.

The intercollegiate program has 17 men's and 10 women's NCAA sanctioned teams facing some of the top competition in the nation. The men's teams are football, baseball, basketball, ice hockey, cross-country, fencing, golf, gymnastics, indoor and outdoor track, lacrosse, rifle, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo and wrestling. The Academy fields women's teams in basketball, cross-country, fencing, gymnastics, indoor and outdoor track, swimming and diving, soccer, tennis and volleyball. The Academy also sponsors two non-NCAA programs; boxing and cheer leading.

Both men's and women's programs compete at the NCAA Division I level in the Mountain West Conference. The Falcons compete in this conference against teams from Brigham Young University, New Mexico, Colorado State, San Diego State, Texas Christian University, Wyoming, Utah and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. All teams compete against non-conference opponents, including many nationally-ranked teams.

The Falcons football team competes annually for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, emblematic of service academy football supremacy. The Falcons have won the trophy 20 times, more than Army and Navy combined. The winning team is typically invited to the White House to have the trophy presented by the President.

(Current as of  December 2019)