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SEND Us Your Used or New Equipment

There are no equipment retailers in Israel. Every piece of Football equipment has to be bought in the U.S. and shipped to Israel. Help us by donating used or new gear.

How can you help?

We seek donations to help support the Federation of American Football in Israel.

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Sponsor a player

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Meet Team FIFL

Barry Liben, Z"L

Barry Liben, z”l, served as the Chairman of the Board for Friends the IFL. He had been involved with the league since its inception. For 40 years Barry owned and ran Tzell Travel, a billion dollar New York based travel company. 

Yonah Mishaan

Yonah serves as the Chairman of the Board for Friends the IFL and vice-chairman for the AFI. Yonah is one of the founders of the AFI, IFL and Jerusalem ‘Big Blue’ Lions. He also coached the  women’s National Team for many years.

Betzalel Friedman

Betzalel is the co-founder and vice-chairman of the FIFL as well as the commissioner of the IFL itself. A former player and coach in the league, Betzalel also serves as an infantry officer in the IDF reserves. He and his wife have five children and he loves taking his oldest son to flag football practice.

Eric Cohu

Eric is our co-founder and our vice-chairman. Coach Cohu is currently the head coach at Little Rock Christian Academy, where he won the 2018 Arkansas State Title. He has won 4 more state titles in Virginia and Alabama.

Dovid Duchman

Dovid serves pro bono as our American legal counsel. An alumnus of the IFL’s Judean Rebels, Dovid works on the in-house legal team at Ryder Corp.

Gilad Shoham

Gilad is the FIFL Treasurer and founded the Ramat Hasharon Football Club with its adult team (Hammers) and youth team (Hawks, formerly Thunder). He served as the Chairman of the IFL for 5 years and started a summer football camp in Knoxville, TN, for Israeli youth.

Uria Loberbom

Uria serves on the boards of both the FIFL and the AFI and spent many years as a player and manager for the IFL’s Judean Rebels. A project manager by trade, Uria spends a lot of time on various projects that strengthen the Jewish presence in Gush Etzion.

Michael Bavly

Michael is our vice-president and sits on the IFL board as well. An associate with Glusman & Co. Law Firm, Michael serves as our Israeli legal counsel.

Brent Adams

Brent serves on the Friends of the IFL Advisory Board.  At the age of 10, Brent made his first trip to Israel which forever changed his perspective of both the New and Old Testaments.  Brent worked as an investment banker in New York City for 18 years after graduating from Texas A&M University where he was an Equipment Manager on the football team.  Brent lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Betty and daughter Moriah.  Together they are involved in several ministries and charities to bless Israel.

Dr. Brandy F. Gibson

Dr Brandy F. Gibson is an ordained minister,  and is the CEO of BFGibson & Associates, LLC, a Public Relations & Sports Marketing business residing on pro Israel Commissions.

Pastor Trey Graham

Pastor Trey Graham is an author, speaker, radio host and Senior Pastor of First Melissa, one of the most dynamic churches in North Texas and serves on the board of the Friends of the IFL. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Leadership from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Master’s of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  After West Point, Trey served his country as a Field Artillery Officer in the United States Army. Trey and his wife, Bretta, have six amazing children.

Flag Football

The AFI operates ten different flag football leagues all over the country – men’s leagues, youth leagues, a women’s league and two co-ed leagues- 700 flag football players of all ages across the country.
Flag football is a great way to get kids and other beginners involved in the game.
 
Coincidentally, there is a movement to make American football an Olympic sport for the  2028 Los Angeles games, and it will most likely be flag football played there.

 

The AFI is the official government recognized Federation of American Football in Israel and serves as the umbrella for all football activities in Israel.    We are members of “Ayelet” the Israeli Association of non-Olympic Sports and are a registered non-profit association. 

Over 2,000 Israelis – men, women and children – play organized American football in Israel.  In partnership with Robert Kraft and the Kraft Family, American football is rapidly becoming one of Israel’s most popular team sports.  Attracting players and fans from all walks of life, economic levels, ethnicities and religions, the AFI strives to unify players, coaches, referees and fans in an American football community.

.Within the framework of competitions organized by the International Federation of American Football, the Israeli flag football National teams are among the finest in the world.  Our men are ranked 5th and our women are 10th in the world. Both teams are currently ranked 2nd in Europe.  The Israeli men’s national tackle team has begun its journey into international completion within the European section of the IFAF.

As the football community continues to grow, we maintain the principals that inspire our people and our nation.  We strive for mutual respect, team spirit and good sportsmanship. 

The AFI operates all the football leagues for Tackle and Flag Football, and the national teams as well:

IFL – Adult football league, ages 19 and up

IHFL – High school football league, ages 15-18

Flag: 

Men

Women

High School

Middle School

Coed teams. 

National Teams: Tackle, Women and Men Flag

 

National Teams

With the help of the Kraft, Wilf, Swieca and Falic families, the Israeli National Tackle Team was founded in 2015, and began competing in the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) European circuit. During the first circuit (C), Israel won its first game (at Spain) and lost to Italy and Switzerland. Now competing in the B circuit, Israel won in Turkey and lost at home to Belgium. The next two games of the circuit will be in the fall of 2020, away against Hungary and at home against Spain.

The team was formed at 2016 and played 5 games so far. The Team beat Spain and Turkey and lost to Belgium, Italy and Swiss.

Israel National Team after the big W vs Turkey

Flag National Teams

Our flag football teams are among the finest in the world. Our national womenʼs team ranks sixth in Europe and tenth worldwide. Our national menʼs team is fourth in Europe and fifth worldwide. In August 2019 the AFI host the European Championships of flag football for the very first time, as 21 of Europe’s finest teams came to compete at the Kraft Family Sports Campus.

Men's Flag National Team

Women's Flag National Team

High School Teams

Kiryat Ono Wolves

The champions of the Kraft Family IHFL inaugural season. The club has kids from age 6 and up playing flag football, and tackle football starting age 13.

Jerusalem Kfirim

The Kfirim are the Jerusalem Lions club’s high school team

Haifa Rams

The Rams are the Haifa Underdogs club’s high school team

Ramat HaSharon Hawks

Established in 2014, the Ramat Hasharon Hawks, a part of the Ramat Hasharon Football Club, is a combination of the Ramat Hasharon Thunder and the Kfar Saba Hawks, the former 6-time champions. The Team is the Ramat Hasharon Hammers high school team. 

Netanya Sharks

The Sharks are one of the original teams in the Kraft Family IHFL

Mazkeret Batya Gorillas

The Gorrillas are the Mazkeret Batya SIlverbacks club’s high school team

Beit Shemesh Judean Warriors

 The Warriors are the Judean Rebels club’s high school team, and the defending Kraft Family IHFL champions

Beersheva Spartans

The Spartans are the Beersheva Black Swarm club’s high school team and were founded with help from the FIFL. 

Emek Yizrael Hunters

The Hunters were one of the first teams started with help from the FIFL. The team attracts players from the different kibbutzim and moshavim in the Jezreel valley.

Modiin Flames

The Modiin Flames, whose name derives from the city’s geographical location associated with the battles of Hannukah, are one of the newer teams in the league and were founded with help from the FIFL

Karmiel Power

Karmiel is our newest team, joining the league for the 2019-20 season. The northernmost football team in Israel was also founded with help from the FIFL.  

IFL Teams

The Israel Football League (IFL) was founded in the summer of 2005 by a group of Israelis who wanted to play tackle American football. The first season, played without pads or an official governing body, began in the Fall of 2005. In 2007, the league began fully equipped play under the umbrella of American Football in Israel (AFI), and Israel Bowl I was held in 2008.

The IFL is sponsored by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his family.

Currently in Israel there is only one American football stadium, the Kraft Family Stadium, all other games are played in soccer stadiums when available.

Haifa Underdogs

Haifa Underdogs was established at 2005, the year that the IFL was established. In 2007 team became a part of the IFL which was at the time joined under the AFI (American Football in Israel)

Jerusalem” Big Blue”  Lions

The Jerusalem Lions is an amateur football team in the Israeli Football League (IFL). Since being formed in 2007, the Lions have reached 3 IFL Championship Games, winning it all in 2007-08 season. In 2011, the Lions were the first team in IFL history to complete a regular season undefeated with a record of 10-0. 

Tel-Aviv Pioneers

The Pioneers are an amateur American football team based in Tel AvivIsrael, playing in the Israeli Football League (IFL). The team is one of the four establishing teams of IFL. Previously based in Modi’in Pioneers moved to Tel Aviv in 2010. Pioneers is one of the oldest and most experienced teams in Israeli tackle American Football.

Beit Shemesh Judean Rebels

IFL Football team founded on the spirit of great Jewish Rebels from the heart of Judea. Orange to represent the land of Israel loyalists all over the world and Green to represent our defenders in the IDF.

Beersheva Black Swarm

Representing the south of Israel, the Black Swarm are based in Beersheva, the capital of the Negev. The Swarm joined the league in 2009 and has a large contingency of students from Ben Gurion University.

Ramat-Hasharon Hammers

At the heart of the Merkaz a powerhouse was established at 2010, The Ramat Hasharon, one of Israel best sports cities a football club with over two teams and a lot of spirit. 

Petah Tikva Troopers

The Petah Tikva Troopers attract players from all around the Sharon and Shomron regions.

Mazkeret Batya Silverbacks

The  Rehovot Silverbacks club was established in February of 2012 and is the newest member of the IFL League (Israel Football League). In 2014 the team moved to Mazkeret Batya and have played there ever since

Football

The Israel Football League (IFL) was founded in the summer of 2005 by a group of Israelis who wanted to play tackle American football. The first season, played without pads or an official governing body, began in the Fall of 2005. In 2007, the league began fully equipped play under the umbrella of American Football in Israel (AFI), and Israel Bowl I was held in 2008.

The IFL is sponsored by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his family.

Currently in Israel there is only one American football stadium, the Kraft Family Stadium, all other games are played in soccer stadiums when available.

 

High School

The IHFL – Israeli High School Football League was founded at 2009 and…. 

About The FIFL

“Building Community in the Holy Land through Football”.

The Friends of the IFL (FIFL) was founded in 2015 by Jewish and Christian friends who have a love for Israel and a passion for football.Bringing together young men or women on a football team gives them tools and values for the rest of their lives. Jews, Christians and Muslims, religious, secular and ultra-Orthodox, native Israelis and new immigrants all become one working and striving, as a team, for victory.
 
 

The game of football is one of the greatest teachers, and meritocracies, in the world. Hard work and perseverance, discipline and sacrifice, camaraderie and teamwork are just some of the traits these young men and women must refine as they prepare for a football game, as they prepare for their military service and as they prepare for the rest of their lives.

 
The FIFL works in full cooperation with the Federation of American Football in Israel (AFI), working to meet the needs of the exciting, growing, yet costly sport of football in Israel. Both the FIFL and the AFI are lean and efficient organizations, and we make sure that we help develop all aspects of the greatest team sport in the world in the greatest land in the world!

Our main sponsor and benefactor, Mr. Robert Kraft, has brought three separate missions of current and former NFL players to Israel!

Hundreds of shoulder pads and jerseys have been donated over the last 3 years!

The University of Tennessee donated all of their old gear when they switched equipment providers.

FIFL’s Betzalel Friedman reaching out in Texas with Brent Adams and Israeli Consul General Gilad Katz.

FIFL co-founder Coach Eric Cohu came to Karmiel to encourage our expansion high school team

FIFL's Long term Goals

1. Football Fields. The IFL currently plays on rented soccer fields and we are planning for 8 full-size high-school style football fields all over Israel. With matching funds from the Israeli government, each field will cost us approximately $2 million.

2. Twenty Full Clubs. We are building our teams in the European ‘Club’ style. As we spread across the nation, every adult team will have a high school team and pee-wee team under its auspices, for a grand total of 60 teams. The cost of player equipment alone for the entire program is estimated at over $1.5 million.

3. Endowment of $30 million. By building a strong endowment, we can guarantee the financial stability of the league in the long run. Yes, it’s a big dream, but as Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, said: ‘’If you will it, it is no dream’’.

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