NFL behind push to make flag soccer an Olympic sport

The NFL is trying to get flag football into the Olympics to “spread the values of American football.”

The NFL is making an attempt to get flag soccer into the Olympics to “unfold the values of American soccer.”
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Intramural groups across the nation, you’d higher begin coaching! The NFL has simply joined the hassle to get flag soccer formally acknowledged as an Olympic sport for the 2028 Summer season Video games in Los Angeles.

The game made its debut on the World Video games in Birmingham, Alabama this week, and it’s no shock that the NFL is behind this push. With ever-declining enrollment in youth soccer applications induced partly by concussion analysis revelations — and thus a a lot smaller pipeline of gamers — it is a approach to get youngsters again into the game and develop their worldwide viewers. The NFL can at all times, at all times pivot — so long as they’ve our bodies on the sphere.

The NFL’s govt vp of soccer operations, Troy Vincent, stated, “We see flag soccer as an all-inclusive sport, which makes it an incredible automobile to unfold the values of American soccer all over the world.”

The assorted values of American soccer, after all! No matter meaning. What values are these, precisely, coming from the NFL, of all organizations? Yeah, you’re pondering the identical factor I’m pondering. Anyhow, I digress.

Vincent additionally said that NFL gamers can be allowed to check out for the flag groups. Are you able to think about Patrick Mahomes or Joe Burrow on a national-level Olympic flag crew throwing bombs to their favourite receivers towards some poor Scandinavians? Truthfully, it’s most likely in different international locations’ greatest pursuits to not comply with this.

The NFL, per Front Office Sports, is hoping to develop its worldwide enterprise to $1 billion yearly over the subsequent decade, and flag soccer changing into a well-liked worldwide sport is a large a part of that progress, because the addition of soccer as an Olympic sport would appeal to new followers who would tune into NFL broadcasts and even purchase tickets for his or her European video games.

On the World Video games, flag soccer is being performed on a 50-by-25 yard discipline in a 5-on-5 format with 15-player rosters and 20-minute halves. The Worldwide Olympic Committee may decide on the game’s viability for the 2028 Video games as quickly as this December.

Damani Leech, the chief working officer of NFL Worldwide, instructed CNBC, “If flag soccer turns into a sport [in the Olympics], extra international locations will spend money on enjoying that sport.”

Nothing like exploiting nationwide pleasure to get extra followers! However critically — if NFL gamers are allowed in, this shall be a complete shitshow for everybody else concerned, although little doubt entertaining for all of us who shall be watching on the market. On the ladies’s facet, although, issues could also be extra evenly matched — Mexico upset the USA girls’s crew for the gold on the World Video games on Thursday. 

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