Men’s National Flag Football Team get gold and Women’s Get Silver

Since July 10, the US men’s and women’s national flag soccer teams have competed at the World Gamesth. Both teams made their way to Birmingham Alabama to compete in the gold medal games at Legion Field.

The men’s team was first as they would crush Austria in the semifinals with a final score of 54-19. They would advance to face Italy in the gold medal game. This was a much closer game as the two teams would go into the half at 24 apiece.

The game would continue to go back and forth in the second half, but the USA would score a goal more than Italy could handle. The US men’s national team would win by a 46-36 record and win their first gold medal.

Next came the women, who had narrowly defeated Austria in the semifinals with 36:32. They would advance to the finals to face off against their rival in Mexico. This matchup has a little history behind it as the two teams have met several times in the past. The last meeting took place at SoFi Stadium just days before the Super Bowl which resulted in a Mexico victory. The stage was set for a rematch.

The US women’s team hit a dead end early on, losing 14-0 within the first seven minutes. Mexico continued to accelerate and went into the break with a 27-0 lead. The US couldn’t stop the bleeding as they would fall to Mexico in a 39-6 final. The US would take silver while Mexico claims gold.

The IFFA, or International Flag Football Association, has partnered with the NFL to bring the sport to the World Games for the first time this summer. Their hope is to get the game nationalized so they can push for flag football to be included in the 2028 Olympics. I don’t know about everyone else, but I’d love for that to happen.

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