The Case for Flag Football As an Olympic Sport

The Olympics are not normal for some other donning rivalry on the planet. For 16 days, more than 300 occasions speaking to 35 sports and each nation on the planet contend to bring home their prized decorations, and I have anticipated watching the Summer Olympics at regular intervals since for as long as I can recall. In any case, there’s dependably been something missing. One of the United States most famous games, and a best 10 sport all through the world, it looks just as handle and banner football could be Olympic games constantly 2024, yet issue snags still stay for that to wind up a reality. First we’ll stroll through a few reasons why the way to getting American Football included into the Olympics has not been a simple voyage, trailed by why we trust banner football to be the legitimate arrangement and decision as a future Olympic game.


As indicated by an article by, the greatest strategic issues confronting the game of American Football being incorporated into the Olympics are fundamentally the same as that of Rugby. With the substantial quantities of members in each group, the “sex equity” positions where the two people partake in each game, and the compacted multi week plan that would be intense with an increasingly physical diversion like football and rugby. Besides for American Football, the boundary to passage is high because of it’s expense to outfit all players with cushions and gear, and therefor has additionally been moderate to receive in numerous remote nations, particularly of the more unfortunate assortment.

Knowing this, it’s difficult to perceive how either game would be a solid match for the Summer Olympics. Rugby is a great deal like Soccer in that almost no is expected to play the game as far as rigging and practice at it’s base dimension, and has an a lot bigger global after. This among different reasons has as of late enabled Rugby to be cleared for the Olympics beginning in 2016 by changing the customary style to a less conventional “sevens” design which is quicker paced with less individuals, which could help cut a comparative way for American Football, or banner football all the more explicitly.


Significantly increasingly more secondary school, school and ace groups are beginning to diminish the quantity of contact rehearses, as yet donning any semblance of delicate cushioned headgear and shoulder braces for included security. Be that as it may, consider the possibility that we could restrict the contact players see before secondary school and center school while likewise tending to a portion of the worries for the game identified with it being completely acknowledged into the Olympics?There’s a great deal of talk as of late rotating around the wellbeing of handle football, and not simply in the NFL where blackouts are a noteworthy concern. Beginning as far back as the adolescent football level, ongoing proof has surfaced supporting that even shy of a blackout, rehashed head effects and impact can show in comparable mind wounds sometime down the road for children tried between the ages of 8-13. Numerous specialists are proposing kids shouldn’t play football by any means, recommending that children’s heads are “a bigger piece of their body, and their necks are not as solid as grown-ups’ necks. So children might be at a more serious danger of head and mind wounds than grown-ups.”


Starting at 2015, thinks about demonstrate that banner football is the quickest developing youth sport in the United States, extraordinarily outpacing the development of conventional handle football. Numerous individual secondary schools are doing the change to hail football over handle, motivating different schools in their locales to stick to this same pattern making sorted out alliances and divisions. It’s even a formally perceived varsity sport in numerous states, and with ladies particularly banner football is an approach to permit simpler support versus the physical idea of tackle.And he’s not alone. As of late Drew Brees was met by Peter King for NBC’s pregame appear and had some solid words on why he trusts banner football is the appropriate response. “I feel like banner football can spare football,” Brees said. Brees mentors his child’s banner football crew, and played banner football himself through middle school, never playing tackle football until secondary school. “I feel like (banner football) is an extraordinary starting strategy for a ton of children into football,” Brees referenced. “Else I feel it’s anything but difficult to go in and have a terrible affair right off the bat and after that not have any desire to ever play it again. I feel like once you put the cushions on there are simply such huge numbers of different components to the amusement, and you’re helpless before the mentor in a great deal of cases as well. What’s more, to be completely forthright, I don’t assume enough mentors are sufficiently knowledgeable with respect to the genuine essentials of the diversion particularly when the cushions go on at the young dimension.” Many other master competitors and mentors have communicated comparable conclusions too, singing gestures of recognition for the game of banner football, and the ascent in prevalence of the game echoes that.

Banner football isn’t a fluke or only a recreational advancement instrument that sustains into handle football, it’s an undeniable development that has it’s own character and reason and it’s time we perceived that refinement.

Universally it is picking up prominence too, a lot quicker it appears than customary American football where the boundary to passage is a lot higher with the requirement for full cushions and rigging. In Mexico for example, banner football is blasting in ubiquity, where most view it as the #2 game to soccer and shutting quick, with and evaluated 2.5 million children taking an interest exactly at the primary school level. Worldwide groups are beginning to make the excursion to a portion of the more mainstream American banner football competitions, with portrayal from Panama, Indonesia, Bahamas, Mexico, Canada and more a typical event.

Wherever you look, cooperation and enthusiasm for the game banner football are detonating.

At a grown-up level, it was a record year for the game of banner football. New significant competitions are springing up over the world, seeing a huge number of groups contending over all age gatherings, configurations and styles. Money prizes have been at an untouched high, expected to overshadow over $100,000 in group giveaways in the following logbook year. Patrons have begun paying heed too, with any semblance of EA Sports, Nerf,, Red Bull and other significant brands seeing the esteem and development from banner football as an approach to successfully achieve their intended interest group in expansive numbers. Ladies’ cooperation is at an unsurpassed high also, reflecting it’s prevalence at the young dimension, and is the favored configuration of play for American football in most Central to South American nations.

So how does this all lead back to the Olympics and getting American football included as an official game? In the first place, how about we audit a little history on where the game stands today with the International Olympic Committee, or IOC.

Generally, In request to be incorporated into the Olympic recreations as a show sport, you must have an International Federation and have held a World Championship rivalry. This must happen at least 6 years before a booked Olympic amusements. The International Federation of American Football, basically centered around handle football however incorporates banner in it’s competition lineup, satisfied this guideline and was endorsed in 2012, and increased temporary acknowledgment in 2014. This could make ready for American football to be incorporated as an official game, and banner football as conceivably a control of said game, anyway the IFAF has since confronted difficulties because of supposed embarrassment, occasion blunder and misappropriation of assets that can’t look good for the games consideration present moment. Luckily in 2007 the IOC embraced another, progressively adaptable guideline set enabling projects to be up for survey after each Olympics beginning in 2020, clearing a way for all games to show their case for being incorporated by winning a basic larger part vote.

So the open door is there for American football to be incorporated into the most lofty wearing occasion far and wide, however how would we conquer the obstructions exhibited by the structure of the game to fit the form of an effective Olympic brandishing occasion?


For each way handle football doesn’t fit the form as a coherent decision for the IOC, there’s banner football. Here are the main 4 reasons banner football ought to be viewed as included as the following Olympic game.

1. It’s Less Physically Demanding than Tackle Football

As we’ve officially settled, banner football is an a lot more secure option than handle football. Less hits and impacts measure up to less wounds, and banner football is as of now a demonstrated achievement display that is being applauded for protecting the amusement for who and what is to come. In any case, with regards to the Summer Olympic Games, wellbeing is only one part of the physical requests of the game, thinking of you as have not exactly a multi week window to fit in all dimensions of rivalry, and the all year action expected to rehearse and qualify. Envision playing 6-7 full contact football match-ups with a constrained program all inside a range of ~16 days, also other conceivable qualifying occasions consistently. For banner football, it’s normal to play 6-7 diversions in an end of the week or some of the time even multi day, so the game is more than prepared for this style of competition play.

2. Universal Flag Football Interest is Exploding

As referenced over, this is a noteworthy issue while deciding if a game is fit to be considered, and keeping in mind that customary American style handle football is very prominent worldwide also, banner football requests to more nations. It’s a lower boundary to passage to the extent cost and gear go, don’t require full length and striped football fields to take an interest, and is simpler to hold bigger competition rivalries and classes to rouse nearby intrigue.

3. It Requires Fewer Participants

Contingent upon which configuration would be utilized (our conjecture is either 5v5 or 7v7), banner football requires far less members than conventional handle football. Some portion of this is because of it being a less physically requesting game and the requirement for less substitutions, and another part is because of requiring less authority players, for example, kickers, punters, unique groups, hostile lineman, and so forth. Where each conventional handle football crew would presumably convey 50+ contenders, banner football would require likely 15 players at most, slicing that number to not exactly a third. This is imperative in light of the fact that the Olympics top their all out members to 10,500 competitors and mentors. It additionally again enables more nations to contend, particularly more unfortunate nations, where handling a littler and less monetarily requesting group combined with the reasons above bodes well.

4. It’s Not Just a Men’s Sport

Sexual orientation balance is a noteworthy accentuation for the IOC. The 2012 Summer Olympics denoted the first run through all games included contending ladies in their class. Today, any new game that is added to the Olympic Games must incorporate both male and female members. For handle football, there is simply not sufficiently about enthusiasm from ladies participators for it to bode well. While there are some female players, and even some female handle football associations and associations, it simply doesn’t fit the shape, particularly with alternate issues identifying with physicality and boundary to section. For banner football this is certifiably not an issue as itemized above, with female cooperation blasting universally.


So how would we find a way to ride the force of banner football straight into the following accessible Olympic amusements? The IFAF has just helped start the way toward getting the game of American Football before the IOC as of late, yet with their open issues and apparently, no development since 2014 all the more should be done to continue pushing ahead. What we can be sure of is that banner football is being considered important at all dimensions for extremely the first run through ever, with real associations making moves to get more into the banner football space and the making of greater and progressively worldwide occasions to fuel the game. We trust that either all alone or as control of handle football, banner football WILL be incorporated into the Olympics at some dimension in the following 10-20 years.