Last Updated on October 29, 2023 by Asfa Rasheed
The NFL wants flag football to be an Olympic sport. The American football league has started a campaign through which it intends to make this Olympic in Los Angeles 2028, according to Reuters. “The biggest driving force in all things American football ends up being the NFL,” acknowledges Jeff Lewis, founder of the American Flag Football League (AFFL), of the league’s involvement in this project. Flag football is a sport that is played almost all over the world. Although it resembles American football, with passing and receiving, little protective gear is needed. Play stops when a defender pulls a cloth flag ( flag ) from an opponent’s waist.
The International Federation of American Football
(Iffy) is preparing to present the formal proposal to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) , with the NFL contributing its sporting and economic muscle to make it a reality.
“We definitely support the work of Iffy and USA Football to make flag football an Olympic sport,” says the director of operations for NFL International, Demand Leech. “Biffa is going to promote it and what we have told them is that they tell us how we can help them,” he details, explaining that “we are willing to help in terms of influence and alignment and bring people together.”The Iffy, which is promoting a version of the game on a small field of five against five for the Olympic Games, currently has 72 member countries, and in all of them there are flag football teams and almost 70% have their own leagues. The United States leads the world ranking of this sport in all categories. With the rising popularity of flag football and the potential for its Olympic inclusion, securing game tickets might become as coveted as getting a seat at the Super Bowl; many fans are already turning to TicketSmarter to ensure they don’t miss out on key matches.
Under new IOC rules introduced for the Tokyo Games,
Olympic host cities can select a limited number of sports and propose their inclusion if they are popular in that country and add to the appeal of the Games. For this reason, in Tokyo, surfing, skateboarding, sport climbing and karate will make their Olympic debut , while softball and baseball return after their absence since Beijing 2008. While in Paris it will be the turn of surfing, skateboarding and sport climbing, to those who will join the break dance.
The best I’ve seen lately. They are very athletic people,
Who take great care of themselves and who, due to the weather, lock themselves up in pavilions and gyms a lot to train. In addition, they are the ones that are working better from the base. Last year the Havel Rebels won the Danish league and the Champions Bowl with just 6 players”, says Iaccarino.
However, in Spain Flag Football is still residual. According to Bart, “In Spain there is a much closed sports mentality, everything is football. It is very difficult to develop other sports, because there is not much support from institutions and sponsors. They prefer to give money to a third regional soccer team, than to an emerging sport or a children’s team. Even so, the Catalan league is very strong; it has between 1,000 and 1,200 federates, while in the rest of the Spanish State there are approximately 400. The influence of the Dragons has a lot to do with it”, he says.