The Brazilian Confederation of American Football (CBFA) announced this week that Itapecerica da Serra, in São Paulo, will host the 1st South American Championship of Flag Football 5×5 in the male and female categories. The competition will take place on the 3rd and 4th of December this year.
The tournament will have eight teams, with the selections of Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Brazil for the men, and the selections of Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Brazil for the women. The participating countries are the members of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) in South America.
Last Friday (20/5), the CBFA summoned 43 athletes to carry out a training period in Itapecerica da Serra-SP, between the 25th and 26th of June.
It is worth mentioning that in the last World Flag tournament, played in Israel last year, Brazil participated with both teams (female and male). It was the fifth participation of the women’s team, which achieved a historic result, placing fourth in the competition and stamping a spot to participate in the World Games in Birmingham, Alabama, in July this year. The men’s team was in 17th place in the competition held in the Middle East.
In the women’s category, CBFA is with the “Adopt an athlete” Campaign to receive financial support to fund the dispute for The World Games 2022. The Competition will be held in Alabamba, in the United States, and will bring together the eight best teams of the modality. More details can be accessed at Instagram of the Flag football women’s team.
What is Flag Football?
Flag Football is a sport derived from the football
, but that does not have physical contact between the athletes. In matches, athletes wear ribbons tied around their waists, and the main objective is to remove the flags (Flag in English) from the opponent. This action simulates the NFL tackle and signifies the end of a play. However, it is important to note that the physical impact and force used by football players to block attacks do not exist in Flag.