The Brazilian Confederation of American Football (CBFA) announced this week that Itapecerica da Serra, in São Paulo, will host the 1st South American 5×5 Flag Football Championship 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, being the selections of Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Brazil in the masculine, and the selections of Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Brazil in the feminine one. Participating countries are members of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) in South America.
Last Friday (20/5), the CBFA called 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, held 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 qualifying to participate in the World Games in Birmingham, Alabama, in July this year. The men’s team ranked 17th in the competition held in the Middle East.
In the women’s category, the CBFA has the Campaign “Adopt an athlete” to receive financial support to pay for The World Games 2022. The Competition will be held in Alabamba, in the United States, and will bring together the eight best teams in the sport. More details can be accessed on the Flag football women’s team Instagram.
What is Flag Football?
Flag Football is a modality derived from American football, but which does not have physical contact between athletes. In matches, athletes carry ribbons tied around their waists, and the main objective is to remove the opponent’s flags (Flag in English). This action simulates the NFL tackle and signifies the end of a play. However, it is important to note that the physical impact and strength used by football players to block attacks do not exist in Flag.