— Published 7 August 2023

Europe pushes back its walls

Flag football, included in the short list of possible new sports for the Los Angeles 2028 Games, is continuing to develop. The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) has announced that the forthcoming European Championships, scheduled for 18-20 August in Limerick, Ireland, will bring together a record number of teams. No fewer than 33 teams from 20 countries will be competing for the European title – 20 men’s teams and 13 women’s teams – an increase of more than a third (38%) on the 2019 edition. No fewer than six nations will be taking part in the European flag football championships for the first time. The European event follows the Americas Championships, held earlier this year and unsurprisingly won by the United States. It will be followed by the Asia/Oceania championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in October. These continental competitions are qualifiers for the World Flag Football Championships, to be held in Finland next year.