The Case for Flag Football As an Olympic Sport

The Olympic Games are unlike any other sports competition on this planet. For 16 days, more than 300 events representing 35 sports and every country on the planet compete for their precious medals, and since then I have been looking forward to seeing the Summer Olympics every 4 years since then, as far as I can remember. But something was always missing. One of the most popular sports in the United States, and one of the top 10 sports in the world, it seems that addressing soccer and the science of soccer could become Olympic sports by 2024, but there are still obstacles until it becomes a reality. First, we will review some of the reasons why the road to inclusion of football in the Olympic Games is easy, followed by why we believe sponsored football is the rationale and choice as a future Olympic sport.

Why isn’t football really an Olympic sport?
According to an article published by NFL.com, the biggest logistical problems facing the sport of American football when being included in the Olympics are very similar to rugby. With a large number of participants on each team, “gender equality” formats where both men and women participate in each sport, and a compact 3-week schedule that will be challenging with a more physical game like soccer and rugby. Also, for American football, the barrier to entry is high due to the cost of equipping all players with platforms and equipment, and thus it has also been slow to adopt in many foreign countries, especially poor countries.

Knowing all this, it is difficult to see how either sport would be suitable for the Summer Olympics. Rugby is very similar to soccer in that you need very little to play the sport in terms of equipment and practice at the entry level, and it has more international fans. This, among other reasons, has recently allowed rugby to be sanctioned for the 2016 Olympics by changing the traditional pattern to a less traditional format of “sevens” that is faster and with fewer people, which can help trace a similar path. to soccer, football, or the soccer flag more specifically.

Address your security concerns
More and more high school, college, and professional teams have started reducing the number of contact practices and are still playing sports like soft padded caps and shoulder pads for added protection. But what if we could limit the contact players see before high school and high school while addressing some of the sport’s concerns about its full acceptance in the Olympics? There’s been a lot of talk recently about the safety of football tacklers, and it’s not just in the NFL that concussions are a major concern. Starting with the youth soccer standard, recent evidence has emerged supporting the idea that even without a concussion, repetitive head and collision effects can show similar traumatic brain injuries later in life in children tested between the ages of 8-13. Several researchers suggest that children should not play soccer at all, suggesting that children’s heads are “a larger part of their bodies and their necks are not as strong as adults’. children may be more susceptible to head and brain injuries than adults. ”

DREW BREES believes that soccer can save soccer
As of 2015, studies show that flag soccer is the fastest growing youth sport in the United States, significantly outpacing the growth of traditional soccer. Many individual high schools are turning to soccer science rather than recovery, having other schools in their districts follow suit by creating organized federations and departments. It is even an officially recognized sport in many states, and with women in particular, nude soccer is a way of allowing easier participation as opposed to the physical nature of the intervention, which is not the only one. Peter King recently interviewed Drew Press on NBC’s pregame show, and he had some strong words about why he thought soccer was the answer. “I feel like soccer can save soccer,” Bryce said. Bree’s is the coach of his son’s flag football team, he played flag football himself until high school and did not play football until high school. “I feel like (soccer science) is a great introduction to soccer for many kids,” Bryce said. Other than that, I feel like it’s very easy to go in and have a bad experience early and then I don’t want to play again. I feel like once you put the pads on there are a lot of other elements in the game, and you are also at the mercy of the trainer in many cases. And to be honest, I don’t think enough coaches are well versed when it comes to the true fundamentals of the game, especially when maneuvering continues at the youth level. “Many athletes and other professional coaches have also expressed similar sentiments. They have praised the sport of soccer and the sport’s rise in popularity reflects this.

 

The Case for Flag Football As an Olympic Sport

 

Football Flag is not just a fluke or simply a recreational development tool that nurtures the treatment of soccer, it is a whole movement that has its own identity and purpose and it is time to learn about this distinction.

Internationally, it is also gaining popularity and appears to be much faster than traditional American football, where the barrier to entry is much higher with the need for full rigs and teams. In Mexico, for example, soccer is gaining popularity, many consider it the # 2 sport in soccer and are concluding it fast, with only 2.5 million children participating in elementary school. International teams are beginning to travel to some of the most popular soccer tournaments in the United States, with representation from Panama, Indonesia, the Bahamas, Mexico, Canada and more.

Wherever you look, engagement and interest in the sports science of soccer explodes.

At the adult level, it was a record year in the sport of soccer. New major tournaments have emerged around the world, with thousands of teams competing in all age groups, shapes and styles. Cash prizes hit an all-time high and are expected to exceed $ 100,000 in team giveaways in the next calendar year. Sponsors are starting to notice this too, and companies like EA Sports, Nerf, Hotels.com, Red Bull and other major brands see the value and growth of Flag Football as a way to effectively reach their target audience in large numbers. quantities. Women’s participation is at an all-time high, reflecting their popularity at the youth level, and they are the preferred form of American football in most Central and South American countries.

So how does all of this lead to the Olympics and the inclusion of football as an official sport? First, let’s go over a bit of history on the state of sport today with the International Olympic Committee or the International Olympic Committee. Historically, to be included in the Olympic Games as an exhibition sport, you must have an international federation and have held a world championship competition. This must be done at least 6 years before the scheduled Olympics. The International Federation of American Football Associations, which focused primarily on addressing soccer but included the flag in the tournament lineup, met this standard and was approved in 2012, gaining provisional recognition in 2014. This may pave the way for the inclusion of American football as The Sports Official, Football learned that it might be dedicated to the aforementioned sport, but since then FIFA has faced setbacks due to the alleged scandal, mismanagement of events and mismanagement of funds that do not bode well. nothing good for the inclusion of sport in the short term. Fortunately, in 2007 the International Olympic Committee adopted a new, looser set of rules that allow programs to be offered for review after each Olympiad starting in 2020, paving the way for all sports to make their case by winning a majority. simple.

1. Requires less physical effort than soccer interference

As we have already shown, soccer is a safer alternative to managing soccer. Fewer bumps and collisions equate to fewer injuries, and Banner Soccer is truly a proven success story that is being praised for preserving the game for posterity. But when it comes to the Summer Olympics, safety is just one aspect of the sport’s physical requirements, considering you have less than 3 weeks to adapt to all levels of competition and the activity required throughout the year to exercise and qualify. Imagine playing 6-7 full-friction soccer games with a limited roster, all in about 16 days, not to mention other possible qualifying events throughout the year. In soccer, it is not uncommon to play 6-7 games over the weekend or sometimes even in a single day, so the sport is more than equipped for this style of tournament play.

2. International interest in scientific football is increasing

As mentioned above, this is a major issue when deciding whether to consider a sport, and while traditional football is also very popular around the world, scientific football is attractive to more countries. It’s less of a barrier to entry in terms of cost and equipment, doesn’t require long-term, planned soccer fields to participate, and it’s easier to organize tournaments and bigger leagues to inspire local interest.

3. Requires fewer participants

Depending on the format used (our guess is 5v5 or 7v7), soccer requires far fewer participants than traditional soccer. Part of this is because it is a less physically demanding sport and the need for fewer substitutions, and part is due to the need for less specialized players such as kickers, punters, special teams, offensive line, etc. . The team would likely have more than 50 contestants, and the soccer flag would likely need 15 players at most, reducing that number to less than a third. This is important because the Olympic Games limit the total number of its participants to 10,500 athletes and coaches. It also allows more countries to compete, especially poor countries, where hiring a smaller, less financially demanding team along with the aforementioned reasons makes more sense.

4. It’s not just a men’s sport

Gender equality is one of the main focuses of the International Olympic Committee. The 2012 Summer Olympics was the first time that all sports had women competing in their class. Today, any new sport added to the Olympic Games must include both male and female participants. When it comes to tackling football, there is hardly enough interest from the participating women to make sense. While there are some players, and even some women, who deal with soccer leagues and organizations, this does not fit the mold, especially with other body and barrier-to-entry issues. For soccer science, this is not a problem as detailed above, with female participation flourishing internationally.

Next steps for Olympic and football integration FLAG
So how can we take the next steps to harness the momentum to sponsor soccer directly at the next available Olympics? The IFAF has already helped start the process of bringing football to the International Olympic Committee in recent years, but with the public issues there seems to have been no movement since 2014 to indicate that more needs to be done to keep moving forward. What we do know is that flag football is being taken seriously at all levels and, for the first time in history, for real, as major organizations are taking steps to delve further into the realm of scientific football and create largest and international events to promote sport. . We believe that either alone or as a soccer-related specialty, soccer will be included in the Olympics at some level in the next ten to twenty years.

If that happened, what do you think would drive the popularity and legitimacy of the sport of soccer in the long run? Let us know in the comments below!