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Brazilian flag football team intensifies preparation for the World Cup

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The Flag Football Men’s National Team will compete in the world championship for the first time in its history and, at the end of July, it held a Training Camp, in São Paulo, to intensify its preparation for the tournament, which will take place in Israel.

“All athletes, coaching staff and staff had the obligation to do a Covid test before the Training Camp, and the players were divided into small bubbles of up to 4 athletes per accommodation, whether home or hotel”, explained Fernando Domiciano, physical trainer for the national team. Brazilian male. “Everyone was instructed not to go to bars, restaurants or malls until the end of the camp, and we monitored all participants for 14 days after the event, to make sure there was no contagion.” – he added.

A new Training Camp for the men’s team will be held on the last weekend of August, in São Paulo.

The Women’s Team, which will compete for the fifth time in the world championship of the modality, will have its first face-to-face training in Piedade, in the interior of São Paulo, between the 3rd and 5th of September.

“We are looking forward to returning to the fields, since since the beginning of the pandemic, our preparations have been carried out remotely, both technically and tactically. We will follow all the necessary protocols for the prevention of COVID-19 and we will be in a bubble, similar to what has been done in some sports such as the NBA”, explained Victoria Guglielmo, Head Coach of the Brazilian women’s flag football team. “The face-to-face training will be important for the definition of the squad for the World Cup, and we will have little time for that, since the competition will be held in December. The expectation is high, and there is no way to be different in the face of the whole scenario.”

Dan Müller, current Sports Director of the Brazilian Confederation of American Football (CBFA) and Head Coach of the men’s team, will follow all the preparations of the two teams for the competition, closely, and hopes to be able to assemble a competitive team.

“We are finally back to training in the field. Now, we have 4 months to decide the final squad, improve the physical part, improve the chemistry and arrive in Israel with a competitive team”, revealed Dan Müller.

The Flag Worlds will be held at New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s Kraft Family Sports Campus. The venue, which is a reference in the sport, will host the participation of 42 national teams in search of the world title. In addition, the competition will give 8 spots to the World Games, which will take place in Birmingham, Alabama (USA), in July 2022.

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