The 2024 Pro Bowl is already in place. The NFL announced that the event will be held in Orlando, Florida and will maintain the ‘flag football’ format for that year’s edition because it could be included in the 2028 Olympic Games.
“As the future of American football, flag football has had incredible momentum around the world because it truly embodies the motto of ‘football for all,'” said Troy Vincent, NFL executive vice president of operations.
Since April 2022, the NFL created an alliance with the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) to join efforts that will seek that flag football is included in the program of the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games and the Pro Bowl is part of them.
This event is the NFL all-star game that pits the best players from the National Conference (NFC) against those from the American Conference (AFC). It has been held since 1951, although it has undergone several changes in its format.
The most significant of these changes occurred in last February’s edition in which it went from an American football game to a flag football game. The objective of the modification is to avoid injuries to the players by eliminating the contact they have in a conventional match.
— NFL (@NFL) July 25, 2023
What is flag football?
Flag football is a scaled-down version of American football, but without tackling; The way to stop the opponent is to remove one of the flags or ribbons that he wears on the sides of the hip.
“We have received overwhelming support from NFL players and legends who are proud to back flag football using this stellar event as a platform,” Vincent added.
At the 2022 Pro Bowl held at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada, the head coaches of the AFC and NFC teams were brothers Peyton and Eli Manning, respectively, NFL legends with two Super Bowl titles each.
They had as coordinators of their respective teams the Mexican quarterback Diana Flores, flag football champion with her national team in the World Games 2022, and Vanita Krouch, quarterback of the US team.
For the 2024 Super Bowl, the Manning brothers will once again lead the AFC and NFC teams. The names of the flag football stars who will participate in the event, along with other NFL legends, will be announced in the coming months.