Canadian flag players get pro backing
TORONTO In the latest NFLCFL joint venture, a new flag football program for girls and boys launched Friday will allow a Canadian championship team to compete against American counterparts at the Pro Bowl in January.
Local playdowns involving hundreds of children across Canada will be held over the next six weeks in each of the CFL’s nine markets. Each will feature eight coed teams of 11- and 12-year-olds. All players already have been selected by CFL teams and local organizations.
Each local winner will advance to the CFL/NFL Flag Football national championship in Ottawa during Grey Cup week with the Canadian titlist advancing to the NFL FLAG Championships during Pro Bowl week in Orlando, Fla., in the last week of January.
It will be the second time a Canadian team will compete in the NFL FLAG Championships after teams from north of the border represented Buffalo in 2010.
CFL.ca says the program will expand in 2018 not only to include more age brackets, but “individuals will be able to create and run their own CFL NFL Flag Football league.”
In flag football, ball carriers are “tackled” when either of two flags are pulled off a player by a defender.