— Published 14 November 2023

NFL launches in France

No time to lose. Just four weeks after the IOC’s decision to include flag soccer as an additional sport at the Los Angeles 2028 Games, the NFL is already getting into the swing of things. The North American professional soccer league has teamed up with the French federation (FFFA) to launch the first NFL flag program for youngsters in France. The partnership will culminate in the organization of an NFL flag championship in Paris, at the Jean Bouin stadium, at the end of November. Teams will be made up of 10 boys and girls under the age of 12. The winning team will represent France in February 2024 in Orlando, Florida, where it will compete in the NFL’s international flag soccer division at the Pro Bowl Games. A similar program has already been launched by the NFL in a dozen countries around the world, including Canada, Mexico, Australia, Ghana and Brazil.