Could Flag Football Make Its Debut at the Olympics?

Sept 09, 2023

The International Olympic Committee, known for some eyebrow-raising inclusions like 3-on-3 basketball and breakdancing, is currently contemplating new sports for the 2028 Los Angeles Games.

The NFL is advocating for flag football to join the roster, as it presents an opportunity for the league to expand its global reach and revenue. Flag football has gained popularity in the U.S., particularly among youth and high school players, providing a gender-neutral avenue for enjoying the national sport without the physical risks.

However, it’s worth noting that American-style football, in all its forms, is not widely popular outside North America. While there are talented flag football players worldwide, they’re not in the same league as NFL stars like Patrick Mahomes or Joe Burrow. Nevertheless, the Olympics have featured niche sports like racewalking, so flag football is being considered alongside lacrosse, squash, cricket, and others.

The decision on which sports will be added has been delayed, but flag football athletes hope for a chance to become Olympians. They emphasize the athleticism and skill required for their sport, despite its differences from traditional football. While some may view flag football as a watered-down version of the game, proponents argue it deserves recognition on the Olympic stag