The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) and the National Football League (NFL) continue to champion their joint project to integrate flag football into the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.
If flag football is successfully added to the schedule for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent said on Wednesday that the league won’t stop NFL players from competing for a spot on their national team.
“Absolutely…that’s what it’s all about: each player’s choices and options”said former NFL player Troy Vincent during an online press conference as part of the 2022 World Games in Birmingham, Alabama, where flag football makes its debut in this global multisport event.
Derived from American football, flag football is played on a smaller 70-yard field with two teams of five players and is characterized by no contact and two. The matches last less than an hour with two periods of twenty minutes. It is practiced in a hundred countries and is very popular with young people.
“It is the ultimate recognition for any athlete to participate in the Olympic Games, to represent their country. So yes, we believe in it, and you want this competition to be open to everyone for the best to compete with the best, to represent their flag. he continued.
A partnership between the NFL and IFAF
To bolster this bid with the Los Angeles 2028 Games Organizing Committee (IOC), the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) and the National Football League (NFL) have signed a unique partnership through a lobbying group called “Vision2028”.
“Flag football is an emerging sport in the world for good reasons. It’s fast, creative, requires a lot of physical skills and it’s fun. It’s the quintessential American sport, but with a California spirit. The flag will be a defining choice for Los Angeles 2028, which will embody the Olympic Games vision of a new era, combining sports and entertainment.”explains Pierre Trochet, the French president of the International Federation of American Football, in a press release.
Eight women’s and eight men’s soccer teams from ten countries from three continents will compete against each other at the 2022 World Games in Birmingham.
The governing body also said flag football can be adapted to a wide variety of venues – stadiums, indoor arenas and temporary urban sports parks – making it a flexible and low-cost project for multi-sport event organizers.