The NFL wants football in the Olympics — flag football, that is.
Troy Vincent, the NFL executive vice president of football operations and former cornerback, told the Associated Press that the league believes that football could be on stage for the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.
“That’s the ultimate goal,” he said, “to make flag football an Olympic sport.”
Why flag football? Back in 2015, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said that football did not have a broad enough appeal to warrant consideration for the Olympics.
Vincent says by making it flag football, it will be easier to be introduced to the rest of the world for men and women.
“When we talk about the future of the game of football, it. Is, no question, flag,” Vincent said. “When I’ve been asked over the last 24 months, in particular, what does the next 100 years look like when you look at football, not professional football, it’s flag. It’s the inclusion and the true motto of ‘football for all.’ There is a place in flag football for all.”
There is no question the NFL has been marketing the sport internationally in recent years and has five games scheduled outside of the U.S. for the 2022 season, including the first NFL game to be played in Germany on Nov. 13, featuring the Bucs and Seahawks.
Flag football will also be on display for the first time at the World Games — an international multi-sport event every four years after the Olympics, which begins on Thursday in Birmingham, Ala.