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The Case for Flag Football as an Olympic Sport

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25 Jan 2021, 22:24 GMT+10

The Olympic Games are unlike any other sports competition on the planet. Over 16 days, more than 300 events representing 35 sports and every country on the planet compete to take home their precious medals, and I have looked forward to seeing the Summer Olympics every 4 years for as long as I can remember. But something has always been missing. One of the most popular sports in the United States and one of the top 10 sports worldwide, it seems that American flag and tackle football could be Olympic sports by the year 2024, but obstacles remain for that to become reality. First, we will discuss some of the reasons why the road to getting football into the Olympics has not been an easy road, followed by why we believe flag football is the logical solution and choice as future olympic sport.

WHY IS AMERICAN FOOTBALL NO LONGER AN OLYMPIC SPORT?

According to an article on NFL.com, the biggest logistical problems facing the sport of American Football when being included in the Olympics are very similar to those of Rugby. With the large number of participants on each team, the "gender equality" formats where both men and women participate in all sports, and the compressed 3-week program that would be difficult 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 pads and equipment, and therefore it has also been slow to adopt in many foreign countries, especially of the poorer variety. bandar bola

Knowing all of this, it's hard to see how either sport would fit in well in the Summer Olympics. Rugby is a lot like soccer in that it takes very little to play the sport in terms of equipment and practice at its basic level, and it has a much larger international following. This, among other reasons, has recently allowed rugby to be approved for the 2016 Olympics by changing the traditional style to a less traditional 'sevens' format, which is faster paced with fewer people, which could help open a similar path for American football, or flag football more specifically.

ADDRESSING SECURITY CONCERNS

More and more professional, college, and high school teams are beginning to reduce the amount of contact practices, still sporting items like soft padded hats and shoulder pads for added protection. But what if we could limit the contact players see before high school and high school, while also addressing some of the concerns about the sport related to its full acceptance in the Olympics? There's been a lot of talk recently about football safety, and not just in the NFL, where concussions are a major concern. From the youth soccer level, recent evidence has emerged to support the idea that even before a concussion, repeated head impacts and collisions can manifest in similar brain injuries later in life for children evaluated among the ages 8 to 13 years. Many 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' necks. Therefore , children may be at increased risk for head injuries. " and brain injuries than adults. "

DREW BREES BELIEVES FLAG FOOTBALL CAN SAVE FOOTBALL

As of 2015, studies show that flag football is the fastest growing youth sport in the United States, greatly outpacing the growth of traditional American football. Many individual high schools are making the switch to flag football instead of tackle, getting other schools in their regions to follow suit by creating organized leagues and divisions. It's even an officially recognized collegiate sport in many states, and with women, especially flag football, it's a way to allow easier participation compared to the physical nature of the tackle. And he is not the only one. Recently, Peter King interviewed Drew Brees for NBC's pregame show and had some strong words on why he believes flag football is the answer. "I feel like flag football can save football," Brees said. Brees is the coach of his son's flags football team and he himself played football until high school, without playing football until high school.

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