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Girls in Flag Football

Flag football is exploding in popularity for kids across the country!  Did you notice the flag football commercial with Diana Flores during the Super Bowl?  Also did you know that the NFL has replaced tackle football in the Pro Bowl with Flag Football.  These are signs of things to come in the sport of flag football.  If you don't know about superstar Diana Flores, who quarterbacks the Mexican Flag Football National Team and 2023 World Champions, here's her story:

Even though flag football is for both boys and girls, the sport is getting recognizable traction for girls who play the game.  As recently as 2020, girls can now get COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS in flag football!  The pathways for girls in flag football begins with their local leagues, like Pro Flag Football here in Mt. Pleasant, and offer advancement opportunities to play at the next level.


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On July 20, 2020, the International World Games Association (IWGA), National Football League (NFL), and International Federation of American Football (IFAF) announced that flag football would join the existing lineup of 32 unique, multi-disciplinary sports for the 2022 World Games in Birmingham, Alabama. ​The Mexico National Team, lead by superstar Diana Flores, defeated the USA National Team to become the World Games Champions 2022.

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Flag football in the Olympics



The evolution of American football and the explosion of non-contact participation has launched flag into the conversation for the Summer Olympics and Paralympics. The sport could make its Olympic debut as soon as 2028 in Los Angeles. This summer, the NFL and the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) introduced Vision28, a concerted effort leading flag football's push toward inclusion in the Olympic Games in L.A.. It's the latest initiative in an important and long-standing partnership with IFAF to develop flag outside the United States.


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Girls across the country are fueling their passion for flag football and taking their game to the college level. In 2020, women’s flag football became a sanctioned college sport, with 15 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) universities kicking off their leagues in 2021. The best part? They’re offering scholarships!


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As of early 2023, seven states sanction high school flag football for girls (Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and New York), but financial support may help remove operational barriers so more states can introduce girls flag football programs.

Collaborating to inspire the next generation of female athletes, Nike and the NFL announced a new grant initiative that commits a total of $5 million in product to growing flag football within high school athletics.

This multi-year initiative will provide a one-time donation of up to $100,000 in product to state athletic associations that offer girls flag football as a high school sport or demonstrate progress by way of a pilot program beginning in 2021. First to receive the grant will be the state of Florida, which has promoted girls flag football for more than ten years and is the home state of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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